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).
Kosei played this piece during a piano competition as a child.
Kaori performs this piece during the first round of the violin competition.
Kosei performs this in a cafe to show some children how to play piano.
Kaori and Kosei perform this in the second round of the violin competition.
This is Kosei’s piece for the piano competition.
This is Takeshi’s piece for the piano competition.
This is Emi’s piece for the piano competition.
Kosei and Kaori use this piece for the next violin competition.
Kosei performs the piano version of Love’s Sorrow for the competition.
Kosei plays this for Tsubaki in the music room.
Kosei and Nagi perform this together for the school festival.
Takeshi plays this for his piece in the piano competition preliminaries.
Kosei plays this piece in the piano competition.
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