Five years ago today, there was a tiny blip in the cosmos of the Internet as an awkwardly-named website made its first appearance. It had no logo, and a main page befitting its humble birth.
This website is now five years old, and hosts one of the largest collections of music scores in the world. It has more than 85,000 scores written by 4,800 composers, and a fledgling recording collection consisting of more than 1,700 recordings. All this was made possible by the countless hours of contributions by musicians and music enthusiasts.
As a musician myself, I would like to thank these contributors.
I will not dwell at length here. Most of the recent updates on the status of the project can be found in my New Years post. I would, however, like to mention a few recent developments:
I first want to congratulate the MuseScore team on the successful recent release of MuseScore 1.0, possibly the best open source music typesetting software ever written. IMSLP may add support for MuseScore files in the near future.
I also want to announce the availability of IMSLP anniversary merchandise from the Puffin Point store. Currently there is only the mug, but the store can certainly add products if there is interest.
And last but not least, a shout-out to IMSLP contributor Philidor and his friend for creating the beautiful anniversary banner you see at the top of this page.
Happy birthday, IMSLP!
Edward W. Guo
Project Leader, IMSLP / Petrucci Music Library