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The Orchestra takes classical music lovers of all ages on a multi-media back stage tour like no other.

What's New

• Bug fixes

App Description

*** As featured in Apple ads ***
*** Winner of the 2013 Creative Communication RPS Music Award ***

Rediscover classical music with the groundbreaking app, The Orchestra. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the world-renowned Philharmonia performing extended extracts from eight works representing three centuries of symphonic music.

The app allows real-time selection of multiple video and audio tracks, along with an automatically synchronised score and dynamic graphical note-by-note visualisation of each piece as it is played.. The result is an immersive environment for exploring the music and all the instruments of the orchestra.


The features:

• Multi-camera, multi-track performances of eight pieces with automatically synchronised full score, curated score, or simplified representation.
• Mesmeric synchronised BeatMap highlights each and every note played on a graphical representation of the orchestra.
• Optional audio and/or subtitle commentaries on every piece from both the conductor and the players.
• Discover how each instrument works, and read, watch and hear the musicians themselves explain their role in the orchestra.
• Insightful text on the pieces, composers and instruments specially written by Mark Swed, music critic of the LA Times.
• Stunning fully interactive video playback allows complete real-time control of the iPad screen in both landscape and portrait orientation.


The music:

• 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



English, 日本語 (Japanese), Deutsch, Français


The Orchestra is created by Touch Press (the people behind The Elements, The Waste Land and Disney Animated) in partnership with Rite Digital and Music Sales.

Touch Press’ music apps – The Orchestra, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and The Liszt Sonata – won the 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society’s Music Award for Creative Communication.



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App Changes

November 28, 2014 Price Decrease: $13.99 -> $9.99
October 06, 2014 New version 1.3.2
July 07, 2014 New version 1.3.1
June 19, 2014 Price Decrease: $13.99 -> $9.99
June 19, 2014 New version 1.3.0
January 25, 2014 New version 1.2.3
November 30, -0001 Initial Release

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