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Presentation used for my lecture at the IAML/IMS comference A'dam 2009: Sheet music for Dummies Short local instruction for non music librarians in the Rotterdam Public Library, used for a lecture

Presentation used for my lecture at the IAML/IMS comference A'dam 2009: Sheet music for Dummies Short local instruction for non music librarians in the Rotterdam Public Library, used for a lecture


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  • 1. • Sheetmusic for dummies • about improving skills, knowledge in answering questions, helping and advising clients in finding their way, in the collection of sheet music in the public central library of Rotterdam
  • 2. Music department of the Rotterdam public central library • Sheetmusic (50.000 editions) • 36.000 loans a year • Open access • Integrated shelving • Librarians work or in front- or in backoffice
  • 3. Improving skills and knowledge in sheetmusic matters by: • Linking music librarians to non music libarians • Small exercises with “real life cases” • Short course: – Presentation with images and sound – Reader with extensive information – handout with rules of thumb
  • 4. Main characteristics of the short local sheet music course for non-music librarians • perspective of daily routine • how musicians nowadays make music • it is not complete
  • 5. key keynote= C C major keynote= G G major G minor
  • 6. Urtext Arrangement
  • 7. One note samba From the catalogue: A.C. Jobim, N. Mendonca Genre: Jazz Taal: Engels album Real little ultimate jazz fake book. Notatie: Zangstem (melodielijn) en gitaarakkoorden Albumnummer: 67 Pagina: 270 Plaatsing:Centrale, 4e verdieping; Niet uitleenbaar
  • 8. tekst met alleen gitaaraccoorden • Dbm7 C7 • This is just a little samba, • B7/4 Bb7/-5 • Built upon a single note • Dbm7 C7 • Other notes are bound to follow, • B7/4 Bb7/-5 • But the root is still that note website
  • 9. 2 uitgaven van de opera “Aida” van Verdi SCORE VOCAL SCORE
  • 10. Beethoven: first bars 5e symfonie ritten print handw ile facsim
  • 11. Notation in language and music language letters words frase story music notes motives/chords theme composition
  • 12. resultaatnotatie staff Notation modern notation tablature for guitar aktienotatie graphic notation
  • 13. toonsoort Elements of notation noot sleutel maatsoort notenbalk Volume p ff aanduiding
  • 14. Making music Maken gebruik van Maakt gebruik van Maakt gebruik van digitale samples, midifiles
  • 15. Band in a Box , een computerprogramm.that automatically generates a full backing arrangement : •Typing in chords •Choosing a musical style •Choosing the wanted instruments, tempo etc voorbeeld
  • 16. oral tradition Maken gebruik van
  • 17. Some rules of thumb and tips • Try to put one self in the clients shoes • Ask in case of singers if they want a full score or a vocal score (in case of opera etc) • Ask if your client (in case of more instruments) wants a score or parts • Do realise your client often wants a specific arrangement or kind of notation • Use the automated catalogue • In case you can’t find it in the automated catalogue search in the national catalogue or in catalogue of the Dutch Radio Television catalogus van de Omroep
  • 18. Some rules of thumb and tips(2) • Avoid the use of the instrument entry in the automated catalogue if you know the title of the wanted music • for orchestral materials go to website of the Faso • There are many digital sources on the internet for sheet music, see weblinks
  • 19. Special search engines for music • Songtapper • Musipedia • Nipper