Today sees the release of The Orchestra app on the Apple App Store – a ground-breaking new application that offers users unprecedented access to explore, discover and enjoy orchestral music and instruments.
Designed for iPad 2, 3, 4 and iPad Mini, the app features high quality video performances of eight classic orchestral pieces in a truly innovative new format.
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Created by Touch Press and the Music Sales Group, in collaboration with leading conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra, each performance can be viewed and listened to from a number of different perspective: from the point of view of the conductor or following individual players or instrumental sections.
With an intuitive and responsive layout and design, the app is easy to navigate and interact with. You can even follow the score of the pieces being played in real time, again from a number of fully synchronised views and options.
Choose from the full orchestral score, a short score curated by Es-Pekka Salonen or a visual score. Orchestral NoteMap technology highlights the individual sections as they play.
The eight interactive performances include the following pieces:
Haydn: Symphony No 6
Beethoven: Symphony No 5
Berlioz: Symphony Fantastique
Debussy: Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune
Mahler: Symphony No 6
Stravinsky: The Firebird
Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra
Salonen: Violin Concerto, soloist Leila Josefowicz
Performances are synchronised with three different score-view options: full score; short score curated by Esa-Pekka Salonen; visual score. In addition Touch Press’ Orchestral NoteMap technology is able to highlight the active instrumental sections as they play.
Users of all levels can watch and listen to the Philharmonia musicians demonstrate their instruments and explain their unique role within the orchestra.
There are also additional audio and subtitle commentaries for each piece from Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia musicians, as well as films of Salonen talking about the featured pieces and the experience of conducting them. The app’s specially commissioned texts offer historical insights and a musical background on each of the orchestral pieces and orchestral instruments.