“Beethoven’s Ninth” iPad app meets with success

Posted on: June 18, 2013

On Monday (6/17) at the Los Angeles Times Culture Monster blog, Celine Wright writes about  Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony the app, which has been downloaded 500,000 times since its May release by Touch Press. “This isn’t the company’s first musically inclined app. Last year it released ‘The Orchestra,’ which includes seven scores and music from London’s Philharmonia Orchestra. (Los Angeles Times music critic Mark Swed wrote the text for ‘The Orchestra.’) … Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony app has a more acute focus than ‘The Orchestra.’ The main page allows users to choose renditions of the symphony from conductors Ferenc Fricsay, Herbert Von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein and John Eliot Gardiner, who each represent a different decade. While listening to the music, users can read an in-depth analysis from critic David Owen Norris. Or there’s two hours of video with insight from musicians, writers and conductors…. Norris’ students have been most taken by the app’s so-called ‘Beatmap’: color coded dots laid out in an aerial view of the orchestra, that highlight when each instrument is being played.” According to the article, Touch Press plans to produce more music-based apps.

Posted June 18, 2013