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Why hasn't the web wiped out Printed Sheet Music?
Random Thoughts and
Helpful Hints in the Wonderful World of Sheet Music
Music was supposed to be one of the
casualties of the new medium, along with
books, DVDs and the motor car. (We would all be telecommuting and
working from home).
In fact, the opposite has happened. There are more books being sold now than
Amazon was the first business to make real money via the internet, by
providing a new,
faster way for people to find books. DVDs might succumb to downloads as
try to find new ways to make a buck. But there is still the very human
thing of "owning" a copy
of a favourite movie in a physical form, in much the same way that book
lovers like to see their
books sitting within easy reach on the shelf.
has undergone a sales boost, with the world of
music now being only a
few clicks of the mouse away. Gone are the days of having to rely on
local music shops who
could only ever carry a tiny percentage of the most popular items from
around the world. My
favourite site for sheet music is
SheetMusicPlus. I've been buying stuff
from them for years from
the other side of the world with very few problems. And when there was
the occasional glitch,
they answered my email promptly and fixed the problem without delay.
of sheet music
account for a growing part of the market. Pop
singles are the most likely target for this method of delivery.
Publishers have also discovered
that this is a cheap way of keeping in print many old titles which would
otherwise never have
seen the light of day again. The quality might not be perfect, but an OK
product is better than
none at all.
is worth a look. There are still issues with licensing in different
of the world, so even if you locate a digital download for the song you
are looking for, you might
not be allowed to download it. Often there are separate downloads
available for different parts
of the world, but not always. If you live outside the USA this can be a
Digital Publishing is
still in its infancy. Whether it replaces its traditional counterpart in
commercial arena any time soon remains to be seen. What it has opened up
is a place for
new composers to promote their wares, at very little cost. Vanity
publishing this is called in the
printed book business. Any budding writer with sufficient cash can
convert their treasured
manuscript into a pile of printed books. As far as I know, there was
never much of this in the
music publishing business, possibly because of the large costs for
engraving the music. One of
the first, and one of the biggest, sites is ScoreExchange.com. Set up by
the people who built the
Sibelius music notation program, it contains somewhere around 60,000
pieces of music, some
original, some arrangements of old masters, some good, some bad. As this
is as good a place
as any for some blatant self-promotion, why not take a look at my
humorous piece for high school
or college choir,
A Choral Menagerie.
If you are looking for something a bit more serious, why
not take a look at (and listen to) my setting of William Skakespeare's
with toil, I haste me to my bed ", for SATB choir. For younger singers
A Song in the Night
A Mouse in the House.
They are all original, and you can decide for yourself whether they fit
into the good or bad category.
Whilst I don't intend to spread false information, I will admit that my
methods for this column are less than thorough. (Sometimes I get up from
and look at a book, but not often ... ). So if you reference this page
as a key resource for
your term paper, you should make sure that you know what you are doing.
If you would like
convert this monologue to a dialogue, or you have a question vaguely
related to sheet music, you can
contact me here.
I don't guarantee to respond to every email,
unless I know the answer or you made me laugh (either intentionally or
unintentionally). It will also
help you to get through my spam filter if you mention the word
somewhere in the subject
line of your email.
If you would like to browse and possibly buy some
sheet music, then please take a look at my
Database of over 300,000 titles.