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The Panic of 1893, women's rights, the disappearing West, marginalized Americans, automobiles and motion pictures—a bewildering, almost overwhelming new land that a composer from the backwoods of Bohemia visits in the 1890s, yet he himself manages to make a lasting impression on it.

This DVD-ROM traces Dvorák's journey to America and examines life at the turn of the 19th century. It is illustrated by dozens of audio, video, and visual images; historic letters, newspaper and magazine articles; and Dvorák's Ninth Symphony complete in audio and music notation. Read more and order...

The New World Visual Presentation

What was in the composer Antonín Dvorák's mind when he composed the symphony that he gave the subtitle "From the New World"? Based on the research of Dvorák scholar Michael Beckerman, Peter Bogdanoff and Joseph Horowitz created a visual presentation to accompany live performances of the symphony. Performed by more than a half-dozen orchestras in the US and Germany, the visual presentation shows 19th century paintings that convey Dvorák's thoughts and the subtext of the two middle movements of his 9th symphony.

Béla Bartók: The Six String Quartets, with The Emerson Quartet

Béla Bartók's six string quartets are universally considered the epitome of modern chamber music. In 2003, the world-renowned Emerson Quartet met in New York City to coach three student quartets in the playing of Bartók's masterpieces. We videotaped those sessions and prepared interactive materials to be used by other players everywhere. Carnegie Hall sponsored the project and the project can be seen on their website.

PAST PROJECTS

The Concert Companion

A live classical music concert is an enriching experience, yet it can be an intimidating one as well. What is happening in the music? What instrument is that playing the solo? This is a long piece of music -- just where are we? The Concert Companion, a hand-held electronic device delivers answers in real time. The project was initiated by Rolland Valliere, Robert Winter wrote the text commentary, and Peter Bogdanoff supplied graphic design and programming.

CD Companion Series

During the 1990s, the Voyager Company, a New York publisher of interactive media, published the CD Companion Series: ground-breaking CD-ROMs exploring works of music and the world in which they were created. These were ours:

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

This was the program changed the face of computer multimedia. It was Voyager's first CD -ROM and the first CD-ROM about music ever published (January, 1990). Critcs, reviewers, and everyone else just loved it. Apple Computer bought a bunch of them to package with their CD-ROM drives. Microsoft licensed and renamed the disc (Multimedia Beethoven) publishing it for Windows. It became the gold standard for CD-ROMs with real content. 20 years later, we still get requests for it (it's long out of print and won't run on modern computers). Why did people love it? This was the first time that someone who didn't know whit about music could get inside it--hear and feel it as it played, and understand what they were listening to. After you experienced this program, you felt that you somehow knew something profound, something you had been missing all your life. A great symphony revealed by Robert Winter in a new way that made you feel glad you paid $700 for that Apple CD-ROM drive.

Igor Stravinsky: "The Rite of Spring"

The second of CD Companion series had music that was very different, and the experience was even more intense. The program dove right into the thicket of notes that premiered as Stravinsky's 1913 ballet about a sacrificial maiden in ancient Russia. The orchestral notation was there, but you didn't have to read music. Seeing the jumble of notes and hearing it played by both full orchestra and single instruments brought the music to life for you. It brought you back to 1913 when Nijinsky, the choreographer of the ballet, tried to keep the dancers going while the audience rioted, and Stravinsky cried backstage. But it was music that changed the world of music forever and we had fun exploring it. Robert Winter again wrote the commentary; the graphic design was by Bill Brown of UCLA.

Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet, K. 465,"The Dissonant Quartet"

This was produced both as a videodisc and a CD-ROM. It featured the Angeles Quartet in a performance and in a discussion with Robert Winter about Mozart's work. Peter Bogdanoff and Wendy Bricht produced the videodisc and CD-ROM program with Robert Winter's superb commentary. Microsoft also published this, entitling it Multimedia Mozart.

Antonín Dvorák: Symphony No. 9, "From the New World"

The last of our CD Companions was the most comprehensive. It is the predecessor to our From the New World, A Celebrated Composer's American Odyssey DVD-ROM. It was the largest program we had done to date, and took the longest amount of time to complete. The end result was so good that we were able to get a grant from the NEH to redo it and republish it for more modern computers. The new version has almost all of the old content in a new format, so what you will now see in the new program is the kind of thing that made people excited when they saw our programs 20 years ago. Please buy it and enjoy!