Monthly Archives: August 2011

IMSLP & WIMA to Merge

Wima IMSLP MergerAgreement has been reached between IMSLP and the Werner Icking Music Archive (WIMA) to merge, with the result that WIMA’s entire collection of files will be moved to IMSLP. These consist of some 65,000 scores and many more audio files, meaning that WIMA will end up as IMSLP’s biggest community project.

The Werner Icking Archive is in no way dying – it’s simply moving to a new home, one that will provide WIMA contributors with many advantages, such as IMSLP’s highly active community and detailed categorisation system.

For more information please see IMSLP’s official project page and WIMA’s announcement.

The merger of 65,000+ files into IMSLP will be a Herculean task. IMSLP cordially invites volunteers to help with the file transfer. Please see the forum thread if you would like to take part – your efforts would be greatly appreciated.

IMSLP Christmas Cards

IMSLP Christmas cards are now available featuring designs from the Harmonice Musices Odhecaton, the earliest-ever printed polyphonic music, published by Petrucci in 1501. Choose individual letters or all six designs in a mixed pack.

Available from Puffin Point Store

£2.00 from each pack purchased is donated to IMSLP to help fund server and other costs.

IMSLP Christmas Card - Petrucci A

IMSLP Christmas Card - Petrucci HIMSLP Christmas Card - Petrucci SIMSLP Christmas Card - Petrucci YIMSLP Christmas Card - Petrucci MIMSLP Christmas Card - Petrucci E

IMSLP ~ Petrucci Music Library Christmas Cards - Mixed Pack

Direct links to individual letters and to the mixed pack:

IMSLP ~ Petrucci Music Library Christmas Cards – Petrucci A
IMSLP ~ Petrucci Music Library Christmas Cards – Petrucci H
IMSLP ~ Petrucci Music Library Christmas Cards – Petrucci S
IMSLP ~ Petrucci Music Library Christmas Cards – Petrucci Y
IMSLP ~ Petrucci Music Library Christmas Cards – Petrucci M
IMSLP ~ Petrucci Music Library Christmas Cards – Petrucci E
IMSLP ~ Petrucci Music Library Christmas Cards – Mixed Pack


IMSLP Mug - SingleEssential for every musician… a string quartet should have four, a symphony orchestra…. but there aren’t enough left!

A small number of elegant IMSLP Anniversary Mugs, celebrating IMSLP’s fifth birthday, are available. Special offers for orders of two, three or four. More than that, drop us a line.

It’s a high quality mug decorated with a design from the Harmonice Musices Odhecaton, the earliest printed polyphonic music, published by Petrucci in 1501.

For each mug purchased IMSLP receives £2 to help fund server and other costs.


IMSLP Mug - Pair

IMSLP Mugs - Trio

IMSLP Mug - Quartet

Nigerian Organ Culture

Thomas Ekundayo PhillipsThe organ is used primarily in Nigeria in churches by Christians, and secondarily in concert performances. Nigeria’s use of the pipe organ and its infusion in the musical culture is due to the influence of early missionaries who came to Nigeria, and has culminated with native born composers who have enriched the organ music literature. Nigeria-born composers have taken the use of the organ many steps further, creating works which rival their European and American colleagues.

The missionaries established churches, schools and hospitals, and introduced sacred music into these institutions. In the beginning, it was the harmonium or reed organ that was used by early missionaries. The first pipe organ in Nigeria was installed/built in Hope Waddell Institute, Calabar, Cross River State, Southern Nigeria. All the pipe organs in Nigeria are built and exported from European countries such as England, Germany and Holland. Where there are no pipe organs electronic/digital organs are used which are the imitators of the pipe organ.

Pipe organs in Nigeria vary from one manual to four manuals. Some of the builders are: Harrison and Harrison, England; Elmander of London, England; Ballinger, Germany; Pels Organ, Holland; Hushworth and Dreeper, Liverpool, England; J. W. Walker, England. The voicing of the pipes are built to accompany very large congregations: the sound must be robust enough to carry large congregations.

It is noteworthy that churches in Nigeria are always packed full and then sing lustily unlike European countries and the U.S. where the congregation may be few and sing modestly. Churches in the southern part of Nigeria have congregations not less than 300 – 4000 worshippers at a time, depending on the size of the church.

There are various Christian denominations in Nigeria, namely: Catholic, Anglican Communion, Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist and Pentecostal churches of various kinds, and they use the pipe organ to accompany hymn singing or for church music generally.

Most of the church organists are trained organists in church music and organ playing, and the standard of singing varies from church to church depending on the organists’ and choirmasters’ capabilities. Most of the songs we sing in Nigeria are Western oriented hymns and at times we adapt to Nigeria folk tunes.

Although many churches have pipe organs, there are few organ maintenance engineers in Nigeria; therefore, some of the organs are not properly maintained.

Nigeria has produced many world acclaimed organists and composers: E. Phillips, Fela Sowande, Ayo Bankole, Sam Akpabot, Godwin Sadoh and Kayode Oni, to mention a few.

Many Nigerian institutions of higher learning have departments of music where organists are trained, and some go to European countries and the United States for training in organ playing. Organ concerts do not occur as regularly in Nigeria as in Europeans countries. Organ recitals are given during choir festivals and occasionally in concert halls in some big cities such as Lagos, Ibadan and Port Harcourt.

Segun Akinfenwa
St. Paul’s Anglican Church

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