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DSO taps Noteflight to enable global audience to compose during live performance

The DSO uses Noteflight’s online notation software to let webcast viewers submit compositions for

live performance by pianist Robert Levin

DETROIT (April 2, 2012) — During its live webcast of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto on March 23, 2012 on, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) partnered with Noteflight, LLC (, developer of innovative online music notation software, to invite its live broadcast audience to submit a 2-bar theme via the web as a subject for live improvisation by pianist Robert Levin. This partnership introduced an unprecedented level of interactivity to a virtual audience, allowing each web viewer the opportunity to not only observe the performance but play a part in it.

Under the guidance of Levin, renowned as an expert in baroque and classical improvisation, a global audience watching the webcast was directed to to create and submit a musical theme using Noteflight’s unique online composition tool. The live audience in Detroit also submitted musical themes on paper. Several selections from both audiences were then chosen by Levin and transformed into a live, spontaneous improvisation in the style of Beethoven, with a section devoted to each of the themes.  The submitted scores can be viewed on the DSO’s website: Audience Scores READ MORE

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