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Tristan Multimedia Orchestration 2012






Newly Designed and Updated for 2012.
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Multimedia Orchestration's Key Features:

Tristan Multimedia Orchestration 2012 (DVD-ROM - Mac / WIN)

Tristan Multimedia Orchestration is a complete seminar and reference on writing idiomatically for the instruments of the orchestra for students and professionals of orchestration and composition.
Multimedia Orchestration educates and inspires students and composers through:

  • over 500 in-depth video demonstrations of 13 of the major orchestral instruments (including the harp) represented by the families: Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, as well as 6 Percussion.
  • a clear overview of the range, basics, articulations, special effects, and nuances of the major instruments, using interactive multimedia technology including clear illustrations, so students can learn to write idiomatic compositions and orchestrations.
  • a wide range of audio-video examples, highlighted with excerpts from the orchestral masters including Bach, Beethoven, Berlioz, Rimsky-Korsakov, Wagner, Mahler, Elgar, and Stravinsky.
  • exact music notation scrolling during videos, for better understanding and application.


  • videos of expert musicians with exact notation scrolling underneath.
  • in-depth explanations and illustrations of the range, scope, and breadth of each instrument.
  • extensive demonstrations include basic examples to outstanding excerpts from the orchestral repertoire
  • a comprehensive study of each instrument including: construction, ranges, basic techniques, articulations, special effects, and harmonics.
  • additional techniques and features for certain instrument familes such as double-stops for String instruments and mutes for Brass instruments.





Extensive Examples from the Orchestral Repertoire:


Our musicians perform essential excerpts from the orchestral repertoire that highlight specific techniques of the instruments by master composers including: Bach, Tartini, Mozart, Beethoven, Paganini, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Rimsky-Korsakov, Debussy, Ravel, Mahler, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and many others.  




Extensive Academic Uses:


The program is flexible for use in the lecture hall, computer study labs, or for individual computer use by the student. Please contact Tristan Arts for more information about our rates for classroom adoption and study labs. Please e-mail us at:




System Requirements

MAC OS-X  or

Windows XP / Vista / 7

QuickTime 4 or higher

DVD-ROM reader

Screen Resolution:

1024 x 768

Sound capability

Program runs off disc

The Major Instruments Highlighted in Multimedia Orchestration:
  • Strings – Violin, Viola, Cello, Doublebass, Harp
  • Woodwinds – Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon
  • Brass – (French) horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba
  • Percussion – Timpani, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Tam-Tam, etc

“If you're teaching your

students about the traditional orchestra, you want them

to hear examples. You can do

far more, however, with

Tristan Arts Multimedia Orchestration . . . .”

- Music Education

Technology Magazine,

Sept. 2006  


New Features for 2012:

** Newly designed layout for easier and more comprehensive learning.

** Important terms specific to orchestration are clickable within text and clearly defined in new Definitions Box.

** More extensive graphics and illustrations to aid in full comprehension of important concepts.


The ultimate goal of the program is to empower students to apply the many techniques of the instruments to one's own composition and orchestration work.


Beyond the classroom, Multimedia Orchestration can help more experienced composers and orchestrators write correctly and idiomatically for the instruments. The program can also inspire composers to apply the various special effects, articulations, and other techniques to attain high caliber compositions. Ultimately, by applying the knowledge gained in Multimedia Orchestration, composers' musical compositions can come alive in the concert hall.