When “Your Lie in April” (“Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso”) was released as an anime four years ago, there was great potential for A-1 Pictures to improve on the original manga due to the inclusion of live music in an music-themed anime that was originally difficult to express through the original manga. Fortunately for us, they did not disappoint and every single music piece in the anime was beautifully played and animated, from the original soundtrack to the classical pieces played by the characters.
However, when I listened to the 55-track original soundtrack for the anime released in 2015, I found that none of the classical pieces were actually on the soundtrack! This realization led me to make this post to compile the missing music in one place (in rough chronological order by episodes) with YouTube links for everyone to enjoy. I’ll also briefly describe the context of the piece before each link (with no spoilers).
Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 14 (Moonlight Sonata) (3rd Movement)
Kosei played this piece during a piano competition as a child.
Beethoven – Violin Sonata No. 9 (Kreutzer Sonata) (1st Movement)
Kaori performs this piece during the first round of the violin competition.
Mozart – Twelve Variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (1st Variation)
Kosei performs this in a cafe to show some children how to play piano.
Saint-Saëns – Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Kaori and Kosei perform this in the second round of the violin competition.
Chopin – Etude Op. 25, No. 5 (Wrong Note)
This is Kosei’s piece for the piano competition.
Chopin – Etude Op. 10, No. 4 (Torrent)
This is Takeshi’s piece for the piano competition.
Chopin – Etude Op. 25, No. 11 (Winter Wind)
This is Emi’s piece for the piano competition.
Kreisler – Old Viennese Melodies – Love’s Sorrow
Kosei and Kaori use this piece for the next violin competition.
Rachmaninoff – Love’s Sorrow (for piano)
Kosei performs the piano version of Love’s Sorrow for the competition.
Debussy – Suite bergamasque (3rd Movement) (Clare de lune)
Kosei plays this for Tsubaki in the music room.
Tchaikovsky – Waltz from “The Sleeping Beauty”
Kosei and Nagi perform this together for the school festival.
Chopin – Etude Op. 10, No. 12 (Revolutionary Etude)
Takeshi plays this for his piece in the piano competition preliminaries.
Chopin – Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
Kosei plays this piece in the piano competition.