Category Archives: Internet

Project Hindemith

Thanks to daphnis from the IMSLP Forums for this:

Paul Hindemith

The complete public domain (US) works of Paul Hindemith have been uploaded to IMSLP’s US server. These sixteen works represent the complete offerings of all that is free by Hindemith and span from his early dramatic works to much of his chamber works (four of his early string sonati, two string quartets (score and parts), a standard in the wind quintet repertoire, the Kleine Kammermusik).

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.

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/.

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.

 

iPhones & CPDL to the rescue!

Stolen shamelessly* from the Choral Public Domain Library forums:

iPhone wedding choir

Ensemble Gombert was the choir at a recent, lavish, nuptial mass at Xavier College Chapel, in Melbourne, Australia, a frequently-used venue for concerts (including Gombert’s annual subscription series). In the words of Peter Campbell of the Gombert tenor line:

“Fourteen iPhones and an Android device saved the day at a wedding in Melbourne today when the choir opened their orders of service to find that they were supposed to sing a particular piece, but did not have that music with them. The phones came to the rescue as the singers logged on to the Choral Public Domain Library and sang the work straight from the on-line PDF score. Sure it would have been easier with iPads, but the phones did the job, and no-one in the church was any the wiser!”

The piece was Tallis’ O nata lux, which although short is tricky enough for singers not to want to rely purely on memory.

Gombert alto, Niki Ebacioni, put it this way: “It was pretty hilarious hiding our phones behind our folders. We took a photo later as evidence; 14 of us us squinting at them. An utter triumph of technology!”

* With kind permission

Padrucci: The iPad app for IMSLP

imslp-ipad-app

Padrucci, the iPad app for downloading, browsing and printing scores from IMSLP, is now available!

Padrucci i-Pad appThe app makes it easy to browse composers and their compositions. Use it to look for new composers and new pieces. Combine it with the iPod app to hear and read scores at the same time.

Padrucci i-Pad app
View scores in landscape or portrait. Pinch to zoom in or out. Save playlists of scores. Save trees by putting your iPad on your music stand and playing directly from Padrucci! Available in English, Chinese, Korean and Spanish.

Download it from the app store. Discuss it on the forums.

Padrucci i-Pad app

Open Goldberg Variations available for public review

Open Goldberg Variations

As part of the Open Goldberg Variations Project, MuseScore has created a new edition of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. The score was created with the open source MuseScore notation software, and is intended to be distributed electronically, for free, with no usage restrictions.

The public review period, which will last for at least three months, is intended to help the MuseScore team identify any problems with the score, and to give music enthusiasts and scholars around the world the chance to validate the score before it reaches its final form.

MuseScore has provided special web based tools for reviewing sheet music. Reviewers have the tools to:

  • View the score and listen to it, right in the browser
  • Annotate the score, providing for accurate commentary and corrections
  • Hold online discussions, enabling collaboration between reviewers, scholars, and the MuseScore team
  • Download the Goldberg Variations as MuseScore, MusicXML, MIDI, mp3, or PDF
  • Edit the Goldberg Variations directly in the MuseScore program

The MuseScore website also facilitates the making of video scores. A video score is a score that is linked with a YouTube video. The playback of the video and the score are synchronized. Here is a video score of Kimiko Ishizaka playing one of the Goldberg Variations.

MuseScore is a partner in the Open Goldberg Variations Project, a crowd-funded effort to place a definitive score and recording of the work into the public domain in such a way as to make it easily available, without usage restrictions, for everybody, forever. Award winning pianist Kimiko Ishizka will produce the studio recording of the work later this year. Funding continues on Kickstarter until June 3, 2011.

IMSLP & the MPA – Thank You

During the recent take-down of IMSLP by the UK Music Publishers Association something heartening happened.

People went to download a score from IMSLP and found the site unavailable. News of the take-down spread on Twitter and elsewhere.

A substantial cross-section of the international classical music community pianists, conductors, viol consorts, composers, music students, music librarians, makers of ornate wooden music stands, music journalists, opera singers, music academics – went on the internet and expressed their unhappiness at the MPA’s behaviour.

The MPA, rather unwisely, then tried to persuade IMSLP Journal to censor the take-down notice. We declined and publicised the demand – the attempted take-down of the take-down notice (I know, I’ve read Kafka too). Cue: a further trumpet voluntary of incredulity rang out across cyberspace.

A few hours later the MPA used Twitter – interestingly – to raise the white flag.

Why heartening?

  • the speed with which the MPA was persuaded to see reason. When Universal Edition attacked IMSLP, the take-down went on for months. Okay, circumstances differ in this case, but the fact remains that IMSLP was back online within 24 hours;
  • the solidarity shown by musicians from across the globe in support of IMSLP. It was a genuine international coalition. Classical musicians can be fractious and egotistical but, in the end, they’re trained to play together. It’s their job. Give them a good score and they make a terrific noise;
  • the skill and confidence with which the new media – Twitter, Facebook, blogs, forums etc – was used to place pressure on the MPA. Classical musicians should be proud.

IMSLP – non-profit, staffed by volunteers – is an organisation which musicians have shown themselves willing to defend. It’s an essential part of the world music scene; an iconic cultural treasure trove for everyone concerned with music heritage.

IMSLP is also a jewel in Canada’s artistic crown, as a recent CBC News report illustrates. To attack IMSLP is to attack Canadian high culture. Music publishers beware. Do you really want the Mounties after you?!

This article is to thank musicians and music-lovers everywhere for defending IMSLP. It’s fair to say that without your support last month IMSLP would still be offline.

Download Jeremiah Clarke’s Prince of Denmark’s March from IMSLP