Digital Performance Copies

Harkening back to an earlier post this month called Traveling Music Libraries, I’m still fascinated by the use of computer screens in place of paper music by concert performers. The Borromeo String Quartet has evidently been using laptops at their performances for some time now. Daniel Wakin (NY Times) provides a great analysis of the pros and cons of the group’s investment in the “slight blue glow” of their laptop music stands. Nice to read about the challenges of getting buy-in from everyone in the group and the solutions they uncovered together. Of course, there’s the copyright issue of all those scanned non-public domain charts, but I have to trust that the group has proceeded legally.

And speaking of digital delivery, the IPad has launched a music notation software program called Symphony Pro. According to Dr. Christopher Russell’s blog Technology in Music Education, the $12.99 is an economical alternative to Finale or Sibelius, even in its early stages.

Check out some of the Media Center’s Borromeo recordings or check them out online via our Naxos subscription.

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