Welcome to the October 2010 issue of The Musician's Way Newsletter. In response to requests for more frequent newsletters, I’m now dispatching an issue every other month, instead of quarterly. Enjoy! Gerald Klickstein
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The Aaron Copland Collection
The Library of Congress has digitized a portion of their Aaron Copland collection. Of special note are some 2500 pages of compositional sketches.
Transcribing Made Easy
Transcribe! software is a great tool for slowing down recordings without changing pitch. Versions are available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Also check out their free Fake Book Index.
Is Competing Worth It?
Bakitone.com offers a free searchable index of classical music competitions. But is competing worth the time, effort, and expense? See “The competition question” on The Musician’s Way Blog.
U.K. Music Centres
The Institute for Musical Research in London has compiled links to U.K. music departments, conservatories, and research centres. A valuable resource for those looking to learn about music education and scholarship in the U.K.
A Mendelssohn Buffet
The Bavarian State Library has made available for free download the complete works of Felix Mendelssohn published in 157 volumes by Breitkopf & Härtel between 1874 and 1877. The site also features free downloads of compositions by other composers, among them, Beethoven, Handel, Schubert, and Schumann.
Numerous other sources for scores are indexed on the Practice page at MusiciansWay.com.
The Classical String Quartet
The Duke University Library has posted a digital collection of unusual Classical-period string quartets written between 1770 and 1840. Free downloads of 44 scores in pdf.
The Wellness page at MusiciansWay.com brings together about 100 links to sites that help musicians enjoy lifelong, injury-free music making. Also see Chapters 12 & 13 of The Musician's Way for strategies that boost artistry and ward off music-related health problems.