Press Release. For Immediate Publication (4 January 2014)
New app brings Holland's musical heritage to life
Entitled “The Hague – International City of Music in the 18th Century”, The Hague's Baroque orchestra, The New Dutch Academy (NDA), and its conductor Simon Murphy have developed a new musical walking tour and “app” bringing the richly international music traditions of cosmopolitan Dutch court city of The Hague to life.
Featuring beautifully engraved historical maps, 18th century paintings and the NDA's world première recordings of symphonic music by composers at The Hague's 18th century court of Orange, the app offers an up-to-date, engaging, multi-media guided tour of The Hague's vibrant 18th century cultural scene.
Witnessing regular visits from European musical superstars including Mozart and Beethoven, The musical life of The Hague flourished in the 18th century. The city maintained several permanent orchestras, numerous opera houses and diverse concert series, and became a highly influential, international centre of music publishing, during the glittering cultural era of Princess Anna and her son Prince William the 5th.
Incorporating the results of more than a decade of scholarly research and musical exploration, the new app makes this valuable Dutch musical heritage accessible to the general public for the very first time.
The app was launched in the Ballroom of The Hague's Council of State on for press and sponsors on December 10. It went live on-line today and is now available for download in two versions – for Apple and Android mobile devices – in Dutch. English language versions will become available in February.
Download the App Now
via www.newdutchacademy.nl or direct on iTunes (iPhone, iPad) or Google Play (for Android mobile devices, such as Samsung products)