Monthly Archives: July 2011

ImslpDroid: the IMSLP app for Android devices

ImslpDroid

ImslpDroid is a new Android application for accessing the IMSLP-Petrucci music library.

Available for free on the Android market, it allows you to browse IMSLP in several ways:

  • by composer
  • by age (from ancient era to contemporary music)
  • by composer nationality
  • by work type (sonatas, concertos…)
  • by instrumentation

Downloaded scores are stored in your phone/tablet memory and can be subsequently accessed offline.

Download ImslpDroid from the Android market here or visit http://imslpdroid.wordpress.com/.

IMSLP for the Public Domain: Golan Brief Submitted

I’m happy to report that the amicus brief announced a few weeks ago, where IMSLP asks the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the restoration of certain copyrights including that of Shostakovich, has been submitted to the Supreme Court.  The entire brief is available for public viewing along with the other amicus briefs submitted, all of which can be found in the Supreme Court case file.

Currently only briefs supporting Golan have been submitted. The Government’s brief in opposition, and amicus briefs supporting the Government or neither party, will be available later in August.  The Supreme Court has set the date for oral argument to be Wednesday, October 5th, 2011.

This excellent amicus brief is the result of the hard work of a very bright group of Harvard Law School students supervised by Professor Charles Nesson.  I want to thank them on behalf of all IMSLP contributors and users for their dedication and energy, especially in the face of a very tight deadline.  Here is a list of students who participated in writing the brief:

Phillip Hill (HLS ’13) (Project Leader)
Matt Becker (HLS ’13)
Ruchi Desai (HLS ’13)
Tim Grayson (HLS ’13)
Jeff Habenicht (HLS ’13)
Laura Hill (HLS ’13)
Shira Hoffman (HLS ’13)
Wes Lewis (HLS ’13)
Nathan Lovejoy (HLS ’13)
Joey Seiler (HLS ’12)
Ellen Shapiro (HLS ’13)
David Simon (HLS LL.M. ’11)
George Tsivin (HLS ’13)
Huaou Yan (HLS ’13)

Congratulations IMSLP-EU!

 

IMSLP.eu ~ Postcard Set: Europa by Juliane Kiefner

From the IMSLP Forums:

One year ago, on July 10, 2010, operations of the IMSLP-EU server were officially announced on these forums. Here are some actuals about the use of the IMSLP-EU server during its first year of operations:

  • Total uptime: 99.97%
  • Number of files downloaded: more than 1,700,000
  • Total data transferred: more than 3.3 TB
  • Number of files present on the server: about 1,800
  • Average number of downloads per file: about 950
  • Largest number of downloads for a single file: more than 38,000 (the full score of “Pini di Roma” by Ottorino Respighi)

To celebrate IMSLP-EU’s first anniversary, Puffin Point ([url]https://puffinpoint.com/[/url]) has introduced two new IMSLP-EU specific merchandise items:

- the IMSLP-EU t-shirt, available in two colours (white and black) at £ 9.99 (for each item purchased, £ 2.00 will fund IMSLP-EU). The t-shirt shows the IMSLP-EU “starry clef” logo designed by Juliane Kiefner;

- the IMSLP-EU postcard set, available at £ 4.99 and including five postacrds in each (for each item purchased, £ 1.00 will fund IMSLP-EU). The postcards show Princess Europa (see here and here) playing flute over the white bull that was a transformation of Zeus. Postcards are also designed by Juliane Kiefner.

All IMSLP users are welcome to order such items to Puffin Point to celebrate the IMSLP-EU anniversary and support the project.

Furthermore, IMSLP-EU wants to tangibly thank those IMSLP users who contributed with a generous donation to IMSLP-EU during its start-up year. Such donors are entitled to obtain from Puffin Point a free IMSLP-EU anniversary item, offered by IMSLP-EU, as follows:

- IMSLP-EU donors who donated an amount of 15 Euro or more are entitled to receive either a IMSLP-EU t-shirt or two IMSLP-EU postcard sets;

- IMSLP-EU donors who donated an amount between 10 and 15 Euro are entitled to receive one IMSLP-EU postcard set.

Shipping costs up to 499 grams are also covered by IMSLP-EU, so donors may take the opportunity to add their own order for further Puffin Point items, especially those supporting IMSLP and IMSLP-EU, within the same shipment paid by IMSLP-EU.

Donors will be soon contacted via email to the same address that they used for the donation to IMSLP-EU, and they will receive instructions about the way to claim their IMSLP-EU gift. Donors who have changed their email address in the meantime should contact info@imslp.eu to obtain such instructions.

A warm “thank you” also to all other donors that are not eligible for a gift. We would like that there is a gift for everyone who donated even just one Euro, but the IMSLP-EU budget cannot afford it. We anyway acknowledge that their contribution has been crucial to support IMSLP-EU in its first year of operations. Many thanks also to all the IMSLP users and the IMSLP staff for their support.

 

Fictional 100: A Review!

fictional-100

Finally the gap between fiction and music has been filled! How have fictional characters who emerged from an author’s imagination impacted the musical world? You can now find out by reading The Fictional 100, written by the brilliant author Lucy Gott. This book not only outlines the top 100 characters who have most influenced world literature, but also ranks them according to their significance in music and pop culture. For example, Hamlet, by William Shakespeare has undoubtedly impacted the musical world: think of the numerous ballets, operas, and film music that has been composed as a result of this character! Although he has never walked the earth, he certainly strides through our lives.

After months of reading this page turning book, it my absolute pleasure to write this review and recommend the book to anyone interested in pop culture, music, art, history, literature, or just wanting to enjoy a nice summer read.