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Mozart, Queen of the Night (aria from Magic Flute)

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The Queen of the Night's aria from Mozart's opera The Magic Flute, K. 620, with an animated graphical score. FAQ Q: Who is performing? A: I've been told that this is Beverly Hoch with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Schermerhorn. Q: I appreciate the animated graphical scores you make; how can I support your work? A: Thank you! The easiest way to support my work is by contributing via Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/musanim If you'd like to help in more specific way, consider this: http://www.musanim.com/underwriting Q: Could you please do a video of _______? A: Please see this: http://www.musanim.com/requests/
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WRETCHEDAVION (26 days ago)
'Quick'-GIRLS ... The-EMPEROR Is-Coming ... 'Hide'-The-Magic-FLUTE!!! >(*U^)< (Joke)
Metehan Duran (3 months ago)
i am sleeping
Marcos González Ferrer (5 months ago)
LA OSTIA!!!!!!!!!!!
Nathalia Torres (8 months ago)
The power of Sopranos 👊👊👊
Robert (8 months ago)
1:04 🙌👏👏👏
Teddy Lomboy (8 months ago)
Put to 0.75
charissamarluk (8 months ago)
always loved this...!
Luiz Shizaru (9 months ago)
The singer is Beverly Hoch with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Schermerhorn.
Luiz Shizaru (9 months ago)
smalin my pleasure, I think that Beverly Hoch deserves much more recognition. And yes, that’s the album! It is absolutely amazing. You gotta listen to Theme and Variations (Deh Torna Mio Bene)!
smalin (9 months ago)
Thanks for your help in identifying this. Is it this album: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00000DWFJ/
Luiz Shizaru (9 months ago)
smalin because I am a fan of hers. I own the cd Great Coloratura Solos that contains this particular recording. Her voice is very recognizable and also very beautiful, if I may give my opinion.
smalin (9 months ago)
How do you know that.
I'm Boring (9 months ago)
Eva Chow (10 months ago)
Colum Nolan (11 months ago)
Jayanta Giovanni Simoni (11 months ago)
so, so beautiful!
Kristin Patio (1 year ago)
She's singing as high as the human voice can go 😱my music teacher told us that
Nicolas M (1 year ago)
As good as Branagh!
André Lima (1 year ago)
Aaaaaaaah the memories...
H. Sch. (1 year ago)
This may sound happy, but she is actually forcing her daughter to kill the good guy
Accipiter Ignitus (3 months ago)
Nothing happy comes when the orchestra is in a minor key.
david wright (10 months ago)
But she at least is happy about the idea! Sounds like a plot device to me ...
Konrad Swart (1 year ago)
Wow! Fantastic!
pbrower2a1 (1 year ago)
One of the most fiendishly difficult arias in opera -- it might be arranged with the soprano voice for a high trumpet as a suitable encore. I hear suggestions of the Second Brandenburg Concerto.
Enzo Lebold (1 year ago)
"Der Hölle Rache cockt in meinem Herzen!"
Dragan Milunovic (1 year ago)
Women are incurable exhibitionists. They all try to sing this aria, but to no avail. Mozart just got carried away and did not give a second thought on the capabilities of the human voice. This lady is not so bad, after all I have heard in my life. The pitch control is rather good. Some coloraturas are rendered with a drastic tempo change. Not very expressive, just sharp, so it sums up in just another decent show.
Dragan Milunovic (1 year ago)
An aria made for human voice can not make human voice inhuman. Ignorant singing can do it, and do it well.
pbrower2a1 (1 year ago)
The Queen of the Night is a villainess, and the aria makes her voice sound inhuman. I think Mozart so intended. Nothing in Mozart is by accident.
Dragan Milunovic (1 year ago)
I mean that even in the 21st century, with all the advancements of singing and teaching technique since Mozart's time, *nobody still can sing this aria* properly, and that must be, in large part, due to composer's fault. We can not hear his sister-in-law's performance, but we can hear everything in the history of voice recording. The "Magic Flute" is being performed on tens of dozens occasions each year including this aria that nobody can sing. P. S. One must not forget Mozart was in love with Aloysia Weber, and that that claim might just be a hear-say.
smalin (1 year ago)
"not give a second thought on the capabilities of the human voice"? What could you possibly mean? Mozart wrote this for his sister-in-law, who had a fantastic voice. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Der_H%C3%B6lle_Rache_kocht_in_meinem_Herzen#Performance_history Sorry, but it sounds like you're spouting off without know what you're talking about.
Diego Azcunaga (1 year ago)
It´s a beautiful voice and a beautiful melody together
Nascha Lecter (2 years ago)
I'm addicted with this donate so much.*tears flowing*
David Chen (2 years ago)
I was like this😟😟😟😟😟😟😟😟😟😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
Riley C (2 years ago)
anyone else here from Adventure Time
Murx Hailer (2 years ago)
I'm here to reiterate for newcomers to the video that the singer is indeed Diana Damrau - in fact the audio sounds like it could have come directly from this performance https://youtu.be/463jDvbw3LQ
Arhan K47 (1 year ago)
mirzamnimu it most certainly isn't Diana
gorelash (2 years ago)
It's definitely not Damrau
Murx Hailer (2 years ago)
Nothing against this video though, it takes a moving graphic to really appreciate what her voice is capable of!
Petar Jovanović (2 years ago)
Who sings in this video?
Music Philex (2 years ago)
What key is this in?
Musical Inquisitor (1 year ago)
There's apparently symbolism in the key changes...?* * It's for the opera
Greg Gregory (1 year ago)
+Music Pile Why does it matter?
TheHazLandGaming (2 years ago)
Starts in d minor, but will move between a few others like f major
SuperMomo_01 Jr. (2 years ago)
Thumbs up if Adventure Time brought you here. 0:41
Sergei Prokofiev (2 years ago)
+Garry McRich I wrote Romeo and Juliet
Vigo Kovačić (2 years ago)
Plus, i wrote a Symphony.... lel.
Vigo Kovačić (2 years ago)
That "Queen of Night" sucked... all the robotic voices and stuff... Yuck!...
Dily Guarnaccia (2 years ago)
I love this part
신비 (2 years ago)
niec singng wtih powr fo orchstra
IThinkWithMy Dick (2 years ago)
I still think W.A. Mozart is overrated. I still prefer Domenico Scarlatti (all 550 keyboard sonatas), F J Haydn, and - of course - the big 2 - my alltime favorites: Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.
troglodyt1 (2 years ago)
Savage, but true.
smalin (2 years ago)
+IThinkWithMy Dick I've got to say: loving Tchaikovsky and "I think with my dick" go together perfectly in my mind.
IThinkWithMy Dick (2 years ago)
First time I've seen one of these animated graphical scores for a song - i.e. voice.
feddupwiththis (1 year ago)
IThinkWithMy Dick
Idiomatick (2 years ago)
+smalin It doesn't really work :/
smalin (2 years ago)
+IThinkWithMy Dick See http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL24AD4D7AA93AA7D3
Element #83 (2 years ago)
that's the highest singing I've ever heard
Sergei Prokofiev (2 years ago)
I have high voice but I am boy
Sergei Prokofiev (2 years ago)
I can do it
KK Icons (2 years ago)
My kid practiced this for about 3 weeks. I noticed she sang better with this than with a video of a singer, or with karaoke lyrics. Now that she learned the notes, she has moved away from using this video. I'm so glad that she found something to inspire her to start practicing music again. I like to hear her happy little high notes floating around my house. (Of course with the QotN it might be more like insanely angry little high notes.)
Vigo Kovačić (2 years ago)
u mean 'than' not 'with'?
CLASSICAL & FOLKLORE (3 years ago)
So beautiful and jnteresting!!!!!!! I like this visualization very much! Thank you Master of Music Animation! Best wishes to you.
camilucas7 (3 years ago)
i love this part !
ABCTRAPS KAREN (3 years ago)
The Queen of the night! The Magic Flute. Mozart. Lendo música ... a a a a a a a a a aha ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLSzKrr-O-4&index=17&list=PL5D2AC63011922F95
EternityDragon (3 years ago)
which one? Queen of the night has 2 arias
EternityDragon (3 years ago)
+Huron Tu It's "Hell's vengeance boils in my heart"
EternityDragon (3 years ago)
+smalin *Hahahahahahaha*
smalin (3 years ago)
+Huron Tu This one.
jenn-tong cheng (3 years ago)
OMG, You are amazing !!! This is the best that I never imagine. THANKS.
Félix Arnaiz Q (3 years ago)
¡FANTÁSTICA! la música, la interpretación y los efectos visuales del vídeo. :-)
NostalgiaKarl K.F. (3 years ago)
Is this Italian or German?
smalin (3 years ago)
+Shervin Balan Can you see how my comment relates to Bee Shin's?
Shervin Balan (3 years ago)
+smalin Well technically, it would speak whatever language you speak because it doesn't inherently have the ability to speak Chinese just because it is Chinese. So you wouldn't need to.
smalin (3 years ago)
+Bee Shin If you adopted a Chinese newborn, would you learn Chinese so that you could understand what it said when it started talking?
derekviolinman123 (3 years ago)
Hellen Nichols (3 years ago)
Molly M (3 years ago)
joshscorcher (4 years ago)
The original villain song.
Dylan Ladner (1 year ago)
what are YOU doing here!?
PhraAlack (4 years ago)
The Queen in this recording is Beverly Hoch, to all those who were wondering! :)
PhraAlack (4 years ago)
+smalin I used Shazam and it pinpointed me to Beverly Hoch. It's from her album Great Coloratura Solos, which was recorded with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
smalin (4 years ago)
How do you know that?  Can you say which recording this is?
it looks like when you took weeds, though ive never had weeds my entire life it sounds like Damrau
Beethovenium 64 TH (5 months ago)
And Damrau sang meine Tochter nimmer MEOW!!!
Zaphod (3 years ago)
Damrau has a much fuller voice. This voice sounds a little 'thinner' and a bit too high to be her.
Marie Herrington (4 years ago)
Definitely not Diana Damrau.
MASAIMANIC (4 years ago)
Most classically trained singers sing from their diaphragm, this singer appears to be using her intestine.
Miguel Garcia (9 months ago)
MASAIMANIC (1 year ago)
Yes indeed. I was actually alluding to the way her voice is represented as a colon in the animation.
Gregor Tobias (1 year ago)
May she sing as she wants, she sounds good.
hall9OOO (4 years ago)
Wenn dieses komische Gesinge nicht wäre, wäre das Stück eigentlich ganz nett. Geschmackssache...
Bailey Smith (3 years ago)
On my experience, there's no such thing as too much prächtige
Daniel Hartnett (3 years ago)
+Bailey Smith Good! The only thing which I have trouble remembering is adjective endings after der words, ein words, and words with no article preceding them. Practice makes perfect, I suppose.
Bailey Smith (3 years ago)
That looked pretty good to me :)
Daniel Hartnett (3 years ago)
+Bailey Smith Und wenn euere Besprechung auf Englisch waere, wuerde ich sie besser verstehen und meine Gedanken nicht auf deutsch zu schreiben versuchen. (Gibt es Fehler hier? Ich versuche mein Deutsch zu verbessern.)
Bailey Smith (3 years ago)
+hall9OOO Wenn dieses Lied auf Englisch wäre, könnte ich nicht verstehen.
TheInsanityofGab (4 years ago)
Alright next i challenge you to do the entire ring cycle
smalin (4 years ago)
See "Could you please ..." in the FAQ.
vonzigle (4 years ago)
Excellent vocalist!
caleb brown (4 years ago)
The Queen of the Night's voice as a dynamic-modulate spline curve comes the closest to anything I've seen yet to look like music feels. It looked like a soul! (whatever that looks like) I think this is partially because of the unbroken line, its curvy-ness, and also the feeling of spontaneity, i.e. the voice's future wasn't written "out in front of it" like all the other instruments. 
wolfgang mozart (4 years ago)
Please make more ! I love it
About who is performing... I found that... Beverly Hoch - The Queen of the Night, Der Hölle Rache (copy/paste) Beverly Hoch sings The Queen of the Night's second aria; Der Hölle Rache from Die Zauberflöte by Mozart. This audio is from the album Great Coloratura Solos. The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.  Conductor, Kenneth Schermerhorn. Thank you, Smalin.
toe arc (4 years ago)
may be Lucia Popp? compare to this Mozart, Queen of the Night (aria from Magic Flute) or this 1 Lucia Popp -- The Queen of the Night, 1969
Fernando Camacho (2 years ago)
+toe arc she's not
Christian Flink (4 years ago)
Another great video. Thanks Smalin I dislike this version though. Tempo is too high, she sings with too much vibrato and a few times she is too far away from the actual notes she's supposed to sing for my taste. 
Է (4 years ago)
Is there any way for you to produce .jpg versions of the enitre thing at once?  It would be amazing to see the whole thing like a landscape poster and take a look at the structure all at once.
Է (4 years ago)
Thank you for making all of these!  So cool.
smalin (4 years ago)
I can do that, but the results aren't as interesting as you might expect, so I usually don't bother.  Here's the image for this video: http://www.musanim.com/img/mozqueen_overview.png
eirenna (4 years ago)
I love 'Die Zauberflöte' 
João (4 years ago)
Wow! Happy New Year in deed!
José Ramón TOLEDO (4 years ago)
Excelente tu trabajo, Smalin. ¡Gracias!
Frank Vasquez (4 years ago)
haha! So great, thank you, Smalin!
Alex (4 years ago)
Yay! Mixed animations! I had been wanting to see that for some time now, glad it's become a possibility! Nice to see good things get even better.
brandonreich74 (4 years ago)
Major win buddy!
metalbacon666 (4 years ago)
The singer sounds quite similar to Diana Damrau's rendition of this. Could be completely wrong but it does sound very similar.
oldfartatplay1320 (4 years ago)
This adds a whole new dimension to the term 'coloratura'.
charissamarluk (4 years ago)
Rapidfire...!! i sadly know little about music... how fast is this played ??
charissamarluk (4 years ago)
WOW...! Magnificent to listen to...Beautiful to watch...!!
charissamarluk (4 years ago)
OMG Steve...!!! you created a video for one of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE Mozart pieces !!!!! i just got home and it popped up on my page... i am SO excited to listen to it ...!!! thank you so much and Have A Happy New Year...!!!!!.....c
Bbzije1 (4 years ago)
Helps me appreciate opera. I still don't like it tho
XavierBelles (4 years ago)
No wonder. With such interpreter
JoacinoDaGona (4 years ago)
One day Mozart said to himself "Today I'll be a dick to the singers and write as high and deep as possible." And the rest is history.
Vanessa Wildeman (4 years ago)
Amazing! Thank you so much for this video! I love this aria.
Vicente Segura Pastor (4 years ago)
Valbuenium (4 years ago)
Some... "Voicing" going on there huh? lol
lepaintre123 (4 years ago)
Magnifique réalisation technique, parti vocal ... Bravo
Crispy Druid (4 years ago)
Great piece! ^_^ How /did/ you get the comments section to scroll to the right, though? ^_~
smalin (4 years ago)
By using this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motion_aftereffect
Joe Sielski (4 years ago)
Sounds like Natalie Dessay
smalin (4 years ago)
Similar, but I don't think it's her.  Compare Natalie Dessay as Queen of the Night - Der Holle Nacht - English Subs ... this singer is much lighter than Dessay.
kubikpt (4 years ago)
I'm certain you will :-)
modespliff (4 years ago)
Amazing!!! Do you who the singer is Smalin?
smalin (4 years ago)
See "Who is performing..." in the FAQ.
rudbeckie1 (4 years ago)
***** !  Beautiful voice really a shame that we do not know the singer thanks for this video. ***** !
¡¡ Es sorprendente !! Fuera de lo convencional en smalin. ¡¡¡Me dejò los ojos como platos!!!   ¡¡Bravo, Bravìsimo, smalin!!!
kubikpt (4 years ago)
I have mixed feelings about this video. I love the work you do, and this video has many things I like. Still, I cannot relate the singer's voice to its graphical representation. She sings the coloratura in a very light way, with great staccatto and fantastic tone definition, but the visual representation suggests a much heavier and continuous sound. I even understand that this look follows very well the sound, even more than the notes, and that the "staccatto" is a mere illusion, since acoustically there is no real silence between the sounds, but the human ear/mind, at least mine, pictures this sound in a very different way. And I keep seeing what looks like a very long intestin, which makes it harder to enjoy. I really don't mean this to be disrespectful: I'm not that kind of person and anyway I enjoy your work too much for that. It's just a 'cannot be unseen', 'matter-of-fact' thing. But please do keep trying new things: there are some absolutely fantastic visualisations, and I keep looking for them in every new video you post.
smalin (4 years ago)
I have substantially the same reaction myself.  Perhaps in the future I'll develop a visualization that gets closer to the ideal.
Mikael Soltaniha (4 years ago)
She'd score a trillion points if this was SingStar.
NATURALTALENT (5 months ago)
what's singstar tho
hemanmastermotuc (8 months ago)
Mikael Soltaniha. Wow 1 septillion
Marinet Gimena (11 months ago)
Mikael Soltaniha wut you kidding right a 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
bcgrote (4 years ago)
It looks as wild as Mozart wanted it to sound!  Wonderful!
Gryffster (4 years ago)
What a voice! Such a shame you can't tell us who's performing.
Nischzakls Musicals (1 year ago)
Gryffster Your welcome :)
Gryffster (1 year ago)
Thank you.
Nischzakls Musicals (1 year ago)
Gryffster Beverly Hoch
An F with with 3 extra lines above? This is incredible, even for a soprano!
Kokopelli Miu (4 years ago)
+Renji Mao I have no idea. Training and luck? (Or you could ask Erin really nicely for something to allow you to sing high notes.) 
Renji Mao (4 years ago)
+smalin How is it possible to sing those???? D:
smalin (4 years ago)
+P. Marios Christodoulou It's okay; there are people in the US who wouldn't understand me.
+smalin Ah, ok... I do not live in the US so I didn't know.
+M Ryan Taylor I also though of that... Notes in music and notes as "paper money". But I wasn't quite sure, so I though I should ask him about it. If you also thought of the same then chances are we got it right.
RainbowPoptart (4 years ago)
OMG! I love this so much! Never thought you would touch Mozart's operas! I'm so glad you like the piece enough to make the video :D
Konrad Swart (1 year ago)
I am also not much of an opera fan. But what you have done here is really fantastic!
Demeter Ákos (4 years ago)
+smalin I love this. How accurate the vocal line is? Is it based on some sampling? It looks like.
ImperatordeElysium (4 years ago)
It's a fascinating concept and well worth exploring if you have the time (I'd be really interested in seeing how a duet would come out). 
smalin (4 years ago)
I'm not much of an opera fan, but I thought about this aria, and imagined what it would look like with the vocal line done with an expressive, dynamic-modulate spline curve ... and couldn't say no.
dantrizz (4 years ago)
OH MAN!!! I've been getting into opera some much recently and loving this specific piece. I can't tell how happy this has made me!!! xXx
Hamish Todd (4 years ago)
You've hit it out of the park again smalin. The scrolling here I guess is faster than any other video of yours? Do you always just define scrolling speed by taking the tempo?
smalin (4 years ago)
The choice of scrolling speed is based on a variety of factors.  In this one, I happened to increase the width while I was developing it so that I could see more of the detail in the voice part (which I was tweaking the code for).  It was kind of exciting to have it move by that quickly (which I thought went well with the agitated mood of the piece), so instead of going to a more normal rate (typically, I would have had an 8 second traverse time), I kept it on the fast side (3 second traverse time).  This also lets you see the variations in the voice part more clearly, and since I was doing the piece to highlight that (this is the first piece I've done in which continuous dynamics are used on one part in an ensemble piece), that seemed like an advantage.

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