outside Posted October 20, 2007 Report Share Posted October 20, 2007 I very recently discovered a site for sheet music that was fabulous. It was called International Music Score Library Project and it had been started by an altruistic musician and a college student, who wanted to forward beautiful music in the world especially in places where you could hardly even find a score. I went there this morning to check titles and see if a certain piece was available. The music was all public domain. Many people out of the goodness of their hearts had spent hours and hours downloading music which no longer "belonged" to anyone onto the site. There was lots of music, great scores, available to anyone, anywhere with access to internet and a printer. The site has been shut down because of the actions of Universal Editions; http://www.uemusic.at/noflash_de.html The college student who had started the site two years ago, who had done so much to promote great music in the world, could not afford to fight them and took the site down. I am sure Universal Editions felt that it was cutting into their profits and acted accordingly. I would like to suggest that the greedy maneuvering of Universal Editions be punished. Their actions against this poor college student have served to hurt the entire classical music world. The actions of Universal Editions result in 1)Musicians who otherwise can not afford the scores from the music are now cutoff from it. 2)Long dead composers who should be immortalized for the greatness of their vision are less likely to be heard. 3) The general public is less likely to hear, love, or support classical music. 4) People due to mounting costs and less familiarity will be less likely to have their children study classical music. 5) Classical music already mostly only for the wealthy or the incredibly lucky, is now even more for that select group. I believe that in the end, the short term financial gain that Universal Editions might have made by stopping this great source of sheet music, even without any outrage, would slowly be obliterated as less and less people are drawn into classical music. The actions of Universal Editions in the long run are bad for all musicians, instrument sellers, instrument repair facilities, future and past composers, players of classical music, orchestras, music educators, sellers of sheet music, and quite frankly all of humanity. Universal Editions is not motivated by altruism. Unless they rescind their action and financially assist in restoring International Music Score Library Project to its former glory, I suggest that we do the following DON'T BUY THEIR SCORES. DON'T HAVE YOUR STUDENTS BUY THEIR SCORES. PASS THE WORD TO OTHER MUSICIANS, TO OTHER WEBSITES, AND TO THEIR FRONT DOOR WITH A SIGN IF YOU LIVE NEAR THEIR OFFICES. If there is any portion of this letter that you would like to use feel free! Thanks, Outside Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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