Mozart & Mice at Spitalfields‘s stall at Old Spitalfields Market now carries IMSLP stock, so if you live or work in London, or are visiting, come along and buy your IMSLP merchandise direct. IMSLP receives a donation from each item sold so you’d be helping support the project.

Photos below taken at Spitalfields yesterday. There was even a pianist playing, believed to be Leif Ove Andsnes. Suddenly a large mouse appeared, hung about watching for a while, then sat in the audience.

The audience, being English, ignored the mouse.



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.

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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ImslpDroid: the IMSLP app for Android devices


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

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! ~ 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][/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 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.