* A Top Five Classical Music iPhone App! *
WQXR, the most listened-to classical music station in the U.S., named Composer of the Day one of the Top Five Classical Music iPhone Apps! tinyurl.com/wqxr-top5
Read concise, one-sentence biographies of classical composers, one per day, on the composer’s birthday. Learn why Igor Stravinsky was important, what inspired Robert Schumann, what major works Aaron Copland composed, and much more.
What does the composer of the day’s music sound like? Simply click on a link to iTunes to find out.
These composer biographies were created by Prof. Daniel Kazez, with the assistance of music majors and alums at Wittenberg University, a small liberal arts college in Springfield, Ohio. Learn more about Wittenberg: www.wittenberg.edu/music. Send your comments regarding Composer of the Day to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Ultimate Guide to Composer Study…love this!” — Homegrown Learners
“Wish List of iPhone Apps That I’d Like For Droid” — The Piano Studio
Recommended app. — Technology in Music Education
Of four recommended classical music apps — “my fav of the 4” — Sonic Gypsy
Many new composers, some newly edited bios, and new links to iTunes recordings.
Ratings and Reviews
Introducing Composers new and old
I’ve had this app for almost 8 yrs. now and still enjoy opening it two or three times a week to learn about composers, some new to me, and others are old friends. Especially useful is the link to the iTunes Store so that you can browse their recorded works. Because many composers have names with difficult spelling, it is so much easier to press a button, than to remember the exact spelling and to type it exactly right.
A Major Flaw, and Several Improvements
Wittenberg University's Composer of the Day, is a clean, relatively well designed utility (it could use a swipe feature, an archive, and "year of death" dates) that gives a one sentence blurb of 365 composers, one for each day of the year, complete with birth year. It comes complete with a link to Apple's iTunes store that directs to the featured composer's music. The supervising developer of this app. is Prof. Daniel Kazez of Wittenberg University.
The apps' major flaw is its' incorrect grammar and poor use of English. For example: "America Stephen Foster...was born on *this* 4th of July in 1826". For example "this" should be "the". I wouldn't mention this but for the fact that the application is riddled with these kind of errors. The developer's bizarre use of English - given in the several entries I read - could create significant error in comprehension for students and laymen and needs to be corrected. Another error from July 5th: "American George Rochberg, who used *Romantic* and modern styles" - in this case, "romantic" isn't capitalized. Prof. Kazez can check the Chicago Manual of Style here.
Why, on the whole, grammatical abnormality plagues this app. is a mystery - it should have been professionally proofchecked. I wrote to the supervising developer, who unhelpfully disputed me - incorrectly - this is an authentic let down.
Not recommended at present.
Handy reference for this classical DJ
Happy to find this app for my iPhone. Just one more tool to ad-lib from in my classical DJ work. Gave it 4 stars because it does not yet allow you to look ahead of “today”. However, the developer promised me he intends to add that feature soon.
Recommended app for introducing kids and anyone to classical music in small doses.. planting a seed. Wish teachers would make a habit of referring to this nice app in their classrooms to foster an appreciation of this genre.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.