Beethoven Google Doodle: How to solve the sheet music puzzle

The internet search giant gives the German composer his own interactive Doodle to mark his 245th birthday

Caroline Mortimer
Thursday 17 December 2015 16:20 GMT
Ludwig van Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven

Google has honoured composer Ludwig van Beethoven with his very own interactive Doodle.

The Doodle, which appears above the search box on the search website's main pages, is in honour of the great virtuoso's 245th birthday.

In it, an animated Beethoven can be seen on his way to a concert with his compositions when he encounters a series of disasters - from horses from to wind - that mean his sheet music gets knocked out of order.

To complete the challenge, you need to help him put them back together.

There are several sheets of paper making up a sample of music from the Fifth Symphony, the Für Elise, Midnight Sonata and the Ode to Joy (or Ninth Symphony) that you need to put in order.

Listen to the music and try to recreate it using the notes.

The top line is for the treble clef - or key - for high notes, and the bottom one is the bass clef for low notes.

Unfilled notes mean that note is longer. The joined-up black notes mean they are shorter and come closer together.

Join our commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in