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Known in short as IMSLP, the International Music Score Library contains over 11,000 musical scores and annotations! This website is formatted as a WIKI page. A WIKI page is a collaborative informational website that stores information in an easily retrievable database. Perhaps the best known WIKI is Wikipedia.
As music is an internationally neutral format, this WIKI is already translateable into over a dozen languages. Also, as with any WIKI, IMSLP has it’s own contributor portal and allows for users to edit, discuss and add to its growing database.
You may browse scores via Composer name, Composer Period, Work Genre and Work period. IMSLP contains works for composers whose works are largely in the public domain. For instance, a quick search for Claude Debussyreveals 51 works that are easily accessible and downloadable from this site. Scores are available in PDF format.
This resource is a “must bookmark” for any serious musician. To think, only 5 or so years ago something like this would have been nearly impossible and now we have over 11,000 scores “at our fingertips”!
Hat tip to Jason Heath for making me re-aware of this tremendous site. In his article, he also writes about another great project: Neue Mozart-Ausgabe: Digitized Version which I’ve spoke of in previous articles… another fine resource!
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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018. As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.
He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association, a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.
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