Watch La Corda D'Oro ~primo passo~
- 2 Seasons
La Corda d'Oro ~primo passo~ (also labeled as Kin'iro no Corda ~primo passo~) is the first season title of the Japanese anime based off a manga of the same name, which itself was based off of a role-playing video game. ~primo passo~ is a 26 episode series about the female high school student, Kahoko Hino, whom is given an enchanted violin by a fairy to be used as she participates in a highly prestigious musical competition, the Intramural Concourse, loaded with handsome and attractive males. Kahoko is not a music student, but her mystical ability to see the fairy Lili is what inspires the fairy to give Kahoko the violin. The violin's magic allows the user to perform expertly as long as they are lover of music, regardless of actual talent or prowess. Kahoko is swiftly given a chance to put the violin's music to work, having befriended a fellow student, Shoko Fuyuumi, who is being bullied. When Kahoko stands up for Shoko, she is challenged to play by Shoko's tormentors and succeeds flawlessly. As Kahoko continues to progress as a violinest within the Concourse, she learns more things about the world of performances and performers. These elements span ideas such as injured fingers can affect a performance's strength and resonance, the musician Chopin's pieces were not composed for the violin (but Kahoko eventually procures a copy of Chopin's Allegro, transposed for the violin), and that any performance within a recital hall or for a major event demands that all performers dress formally (Kahoko arrives for a performance in casual clothes, with Lili's magic modifying them to be a knee-height white dress). As the series is very much about music and performance, especially with the violin, it highlights several musical pieces, most of which are played by Kahoko for musical selections. These pieces include F.J. Gossec's Gavotte, Chopin's Allegro as well as his Tristesse, Pachelbel's Canon un Gigue in D-Dur, Franz Schubert's Ave Maria, Entertainer, Elgar's Salut d'Amour, and even Tchaikovsky's Melodie in E-flat major OP 42 no.3.