Beethoven Nine App

02 Oct 2013

A new iPad app dedicated to the Society’s most famous commission, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, has been launched to coincide with the bicentenary of the RPS.

Developed by Touch Press in partnership with Deutsche Grammophon and the RPS, the app features four of DG’s greatest recordings of Beethoven’s iconic Ninth Symphony, and allows you to switch instantly between each performance. As you listen, you can watch the synchronized score, read expert commentary, follow Beethoven’s 1825 manuscript or immerse yourself in the hypnotic graphical BeatMap highlighting every note. The app includes two hours of exclusive interviews with conductors, musicians and writers, offering fascinating perspectives on what this greatest of works means to people around the world.

The Beethoven’s 9th Symphony App is available from the App Store on iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, or at


Graham Sheffield, Director of Arts, British Council: Nobody could ever have invented the RPS. I love it for the support it gives to musicians, and for its commitment to an inspiring future for music.


Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, commissioned by the Society in 1825, is still the most requested work on the BBC's Desert Island Discs.