List of games where the player plays music

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Games in this list require the player to interactively play music on an in-game instrument. For example, in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64), the player must play various tunes on the in-game ocarina using buttons on the Nintendo 64 controller to play different notes.

Game Description
The 7th Guest (CDI, DOS, W32) The player must play a game of follow the leader on an in-game piano by clicking various keys.
L'Ange et le Demon (CDI) You have to play a four-note melody using the harp at the end of Chapter 5 in order to proceed further.
Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day! (NDS) You are supposed to play Piano Player every day and accompany a randomly chosen classical or folk song using the stylus. The score scrolls by and, in easy mode, the note names.
Hugo: Wintergames (W32) Rather ghostlike, the organ plays 8 bars of Jingle Bells by itself. Every 4 bars, it pauses and you have to click the keys yourself. The moment you hit the wrong one, someone slams all 5 keys at once and you have to repeat the half.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64) You often have to play the ocarina using the N64 controller.
Loom (AMI, AST, CDTV, DOS, FMT, TGCD) You must play various 4-note tunes on your distaff by clicking each note.
Seiklus (W32) You must jump onto a floor keyboard to play a tune.
TKKG: Das Rätsel der Villa Drachenkralle (MAC, W16, W32) Towards the end, Klößchen has to play Für Elise on the old piano to open a secret door. You can also see the score, but if you click the wrong key or take too long for the 8 bars, he is told off and you have to start over.
To be on Top (AST, C64) First, you compose a song by choosing existing patterns and sounds only, but once you reach the top 3 of the charts, you must play the drums on a TV show for 2 minutes using the joystick to keep up.
Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny (A2, AMI, AST, C128, DOS, FMT, PC88, PC98, X68) You have to play the song Stones on a harpsichord using your PC keyboard.
Wonder Boy In Monster World (GEN, SMS, TGCD) You must play three different tunes on an ocarina with the Genesis controller buttons to unlock doors.

Please do not include games where the player has no control over the music that an in-game instrument plays. For example, in The Legend of Zelda (NES), Link plays a recorder, but the player has no control over which notes are played. Also, don't include games just because the player has the ability create music on non-musical devices. For example, if a game lets you enter numbers into a touch-tone phone, you can technically play "music" with the numbers, but this is not intended.