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Some time back I posted both an MP3 and the lyrics to a 1927 Porter Grainger song called “Song From a Cotton Field.” You can see those postings here. The MP3 features Grainger as pianist and vocalist. A couple of months ago the sheet music for a number of Grainger songs came up for sale. I could only afford to bid for one of them, and this is it. There are a few things about the cover that catch my attention.

More: I Went Down to St. James Infirmary: Porter Grainger: Sheet Music

    Some time back I posted both an MP3 and the lyrics to a 1927 Porter Grainger song called “Song From a Cotton Field.” You can see those postings here. The MP3 features Grainger as pianist and vocalist.

    A couple of months ago the sheet music for a number of Grainger songs came up for sale. I could only afford to bid for one of them, and this is it.

    There are a few things about the cover that catch my attention.

    More: I Went Down to St. James Infirmary: Porter Grainger: Sheet Music

    — 4 months ago with 1 note
    #SJI  #Sheet Music 
    
I have been looking for this sheet music for years. Dare I say, for at least a decade?! And it escaped me. It was as if the object did not exist. I mean, I read about it, and I even found evidence that it was locked in the archives of the New York State judicial library, as evidence in a 1930s lawsuit. But it was rare as the Dickens and I could never find the actual thing. But two months ago I did.

(via I Went Down to St. James Infirmary: The Golden Grail - found! Gambler’s Blues (aka St. James Infirmary), the first sheet music)

    I have been looking for this sheet music for years. Dare I say, for at least a decade?! And it escaped me. It was as if the object did not exist. I mean, I read about it, and I even found evidence that it was locked in the archives of the New York State judicial library, as evidence in a 1930s lawsuit. But it was rare as the Dickens and I could never find the actual thing. But two months ago I did.

    (via I Went Down to St. James Infirmary: The Golden Grail - found! Gambler’s Blues (aka St. James Infirmary), the first sheet music)

    — 9 months ago with 4 notes
    #Sheet Music  #SJI 
    
You can purchase the sheet music for John Cage’s 4’ 33” from Sheet Music Plus. It’s $5.95 and that will be money well spent.

(via Sheet music for John Cage’s 4’ 33” - Boing Boing)

    You can purchase the sheet music for John Cage’s 4’ 33” from Sheet Music Plus. It’s $5.95 and that will be money well spent.

    (via Sheet music for John Cage’s 4’ 33” - Boing Boing)

    — 1 year ago with 3 notes
    #Sheet Music 
    
Disquiet Junto Project 0035: Reading Beck
The project this week is to perform a rendition of a piece of sheet music. The sheet music in question is a single low-resolution image from the forthcoming “sheet-music album” to be released by Beck this December. The image was provided by the publisher McSweeney’s when it announced the Beck collection, which is titled Song Reader. You’ll find the sheet-music image here:
http://disquiet.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/2012.08-beckdowewedo.jpg
You can use whatever instrumentation you like. Feel free to interpret the sheet music as literally or abstractly as you choose, perhaps even interpolating the low resolution of the image into your piece.

 (via Disquiet Junto Project 0035: Reading Beck)

    Disquiet Junto Project 0035: Reading Beck

    The project this week is to perform a rendition of a piece of sheet music. The sheet music in question is a single low-resolution image from the forthcoming “sheet-music album” to be released by Beck this December. The image was provided by the publisher McSweeney’s when it announced the Beck collection, which is titled Song Reader. You’ll find the sheet-music image here:

    http://disquiet.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/2012.08-beckdowewedo.jpg

    You can use whatever instrumentation you like. Feel free to interpret the sheet music as literally or abstractly as you choose, perhaps even interpolating the low resolution of the image into your piece.

     (via Disquiet Junto Project 0035: Reading Beck)

    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    #Contests  #Sheet Music  #Hackery 
    
But what is the state of sheet music, anyway? Well, while it is generally accompanied by recording, it’s not quite forgotten yet. But the market in the United States is being hit hard by recession and music education cutbacks.
A report by market research group IBISWorld, released at the end of last year, reported a time of transition for the industry. That report suggested the kind of transition to digital from print that the record industry has undergone – though this desirably-attractive release from Beck is an excellent example of why releasing on paper can have its own value.
Sheet music faces some challenges that even recording doesn’t. The industry report notes that musicians can turn to YouTube karaoke or instructional videos and avoid looking at scores at all – even before you get into free (often-illegal) guitar tab or file sharing. And music notation itself assumes that people know how to read music, which these alternatives don’t. (There’s a problem recording labels never had to address.)

 (via Beck Uses Sheet Music, Illustrations in Place of an Album; Could “Sing it Yourself” Have a Future?)

    But what is the state of sheet music, anyway? Well, while it is generally accompanied by recording, it’s not quite forgotten yet. But the market in the United States is being hit hard by recession and music education cutbacks.

    A report by market research group IBISWorld, released at the end of last year, reported a time of transition for the industry. That report suggested the kind of transition to digital from print that the record industry has undergone – though this desirably-attractive release from Beck is an excellent example of why releasing on paper can have its own value.

    Sheet music faces some challenges that even recording doesn’t. The industry report notes that musicians can turn to YouTube karaoke or instructional videos and avoid looking at scores at all – even before you get into free (often-illegal) guitar tab or file sharing. And music notation itself assumes that people know how to read music, which these alternatives don’t. (There’s a problem recording labels never had to address.)

     (via Beck Uses Sheet Music, Illustrations in Place of an Album; Could “Sing it Yourself” Have a Future?)

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes
    #Sheet Music  #Music Objects 
    
Sheet music fromthe late nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries was, shall we say, the record cover art of its day. Before 78 rpm records were bound into albums with illustrated covers, sheet music was the primary platform for home entertainment. And early on, music publishers understood the virtue in adorning the “first page” with attractive art and appealing typography. These examples (c. 1922) are uniquely poster-like. Hand lettering dominates, and the litho crayon and watercolor brush is apparent. Curiously, despite the virtuosity, the designers’ names and signatures are unknown to me.

(via Die Deutsche Sheet Musik — Imprint-The Online Community for Graphic Designers)

    Sheet music fromthe late nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries was, shall we say, the record cover art of its day. Before 78 rpm records were bound into albums with illustrated covers, sheet music was the primary platform for home entertainment. And early on, music publishers understood the virtue in adorning the “first page” with attractive art and appealing typography. These examples (c. 1922) are uniquely poster-like. Hand lettering dominates, and the litho crayon and watercolor brush is apparent. Curiously, despite the virtuosity, the designers’ names and signatures are unknown to me.

    (via Die Deutsche Sheet Musik — Imprint-The Online Community for Graphic Designers)

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes
    #Sheet Music