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March 27, 1991

MICROSOFT PUBLISHING HAS DISK TELLING ALL YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT BEETHOVEN’S 9TH

By CBR Staff Writer

The Microsoft Multimedia Publishing Group has begun announcing its offerings in personal computer-based multimedia software for the consumer market. Microsoft Corp has signed an exclusive agreement to distribute consumer titles from The Voyager Co, and Multimedia Beethoven: The Ninth Symphony is the first of the titles to be available under the Microsoft-Voyager agreement. The package uses a mixture of sound, text and graphics and the user can delve into sections of the four movements of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, explore Beethoven’s life – and no doubt hear waht the Beethoven’s Ninth sounded like to the man himself by switching the thing off – have an in-depth look at the musical architecture of the symphony or review a measure-by-measure commentary. Multimedia Beethoven: The Ninth Symphony will be available later this year for around $80 against about $15 for a straight Compact Disk recording of the music, which is all that really matters. The software titles available under the Microsoft/Voyager agreement run on Multimedia personal computers, and Apple Macintosh systems. And Microsoft is involved in advancing its Windows graphical environment with multimedia extensions for use on multimedia-capable personal computers. This effort is performed by Microsoft’s Multimedia Systems Group.

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