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


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tristan music appreciation software






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This exciting interactive exploration of the instruments of the orchestra and music history is geared especially for upper elementary to early high school ages, in which students can appreciate and learn about music through:

  • over 200 videos of the main instruments presented with excerpts by musicians with scrolling music.
  • beautiful illustrations of instruments and artwork highlighting the different eras in music history.
  • clearly written explanations of music with links to definitions and illustrations.
  • a guided tour of the history of the instruments and composers from Middle Ages and Renaissance through Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and early 20th century eras.
  • a fun matching game of historical music periods to test students' knowledge of the main content.
  • The DVD-ROM runs on MAC / Win computers (see system requirements below). The program is used by public schools, homeschoolers, and music teachers.The program gives kids the gift of music that can foster further interest and exploration of music throughout their lifetime.


Tristan Music Appreciation for Young Scholars (DVD-ROM)


DVD-ROM Contents:

 The program highlights the major instruments of

the orchestra through over 200 videos of expert musicians,

clear large-type explanations, and beautiful artwork.

The program covers four families of instruments:

 Strings -- Violin, Viola, Cello, Doublebass

Woodwinds -- Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon

Brass -- French horn, Trumpet, Trombone,Tuba

Percussion -- Timpani, Snare & Bass Drums, etc.

Video excerpts of works by the master composers:

  • Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev
  • Brandenburg Concertos by J. S. Bach
  • Mozart’s Magic Flute and Symphony 25
  • Beethoven’s 5th and 9th Symphonies
  • Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique
  • Overture to Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky
  • Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Prelude of an Afternoon of a Faun by Debussy
  • Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky / Orch. by Ravel

Easy-to-read Text and Descriptions

Within text areclickable links to definitions and other information about music, instruments, and composers.

 Complete Histories of the Instruments

For each major instrument family is an interactive history

describing the development of the instruments and the orchestra,

covering Western music history with music

courtesy of Virgin Classics, EMI, Harmonia Mundi, Naxos,

David and Ginger Hildebrand, and Altissimmo! Records.

Musical eras includes: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque,

Classical, Romantic, and Early 20th Century.

 A Fun Musical Instruments Game

A fun instruments game helps kids test their knowledge about instruments and composers. In each musical era room, match the musical term with the object in the rooms of different musical eras: The Medieval / Renaissance Room, Baroque Room, Classical Era Room, and Romantic Era Room. Information in the game is covered in the main content of the program.

Teachers & Schools:

 Special rates for multiple copies

(5 or more) for lab stations,

classroom adoptions, etc.

Please contact:

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