Imagine having the famous Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia orchestra on your iPad in an interactive exploration of classical music at your fingertips. If you can, then you’re imagining the Orchestra App from Rite Digital and The Music Sales Group, who’ve been working together for a year with Touchpress.com to create this ground-breaking classical music app.
Now available in the App Store, the Orchestra App is the culmination of a year’s worth of work between all involved. It just released on December 6th and contains eight of the most-loved and easily recognized classical tunes. These have been filmed and recorded specifically for the app to allow multiple video and audio views and manipulation of tracks – including an automatically-synched note-by-note visualization and score.
The tracks include:
- 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
- Lutosławski: Concerto for Orchestra
- Salonen: Violin Concerto
You can explore/manipulate the music based on instrument, a piece of the score, a part of the video, camera angle and more. Every piece is recorded with multiple microphones and multiple cameras so you can focus on any aspect of the music from score to instrument. All in real-time with full control. There are even commentaries (in audio or subtitle form) on each piece by both conductor and players.
Until you’ve used this, it’s hard to visualize what it can do. Music critic Mark Swed of the LA Times wrote the biographical sketches for each piece, composer and instrument in the app.
If you love classical music and want to explore it in an in-depth way you’ve never been able to before, then you need this great app.