Ode to Joy on a Chess Board

How would music appear if played on a chess board?

Following comments from my Chess Music post about translating famous chess games into music, a reader requested to see the Ode to Joy on a chess board. Again, mapping algebraic chess notation to scientific pitch notation allows us to play Beethoven on a chess board.

I transposed the Ode to Joy from D Major into C Major for simplicity’s sake (apologies to Beethoven). From there, you can see how the notes E, E, F, G, etc, become E3, E6, F3, G3, etc on the chess board.

Note: my chess program automatically flips the chess board every move which makes the video a bit tricky to follow. But you can still get a neat sense of the symmetry of Beethoven’s melody showing up visually on the chess board.

2 thoughts on “Ode to Joy on a Chess Board

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  2. You mean “Ode to Joy” consist of valid chess moves? Or how did you do this?

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