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Encyclopedia > International Music Score Library Project
International Music Score Library Project

The IMSLP homepage as of May 2007
URL http://www.imslp.org/
Commercial? No
Type of site Music score library
Registration Optional (required for contributing)
Available language(s): Multilingual
Owner IMSLP community
Created by Feldmahler
Launched February 16, 2006

The International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) is a project for the creation of a virtual library of public domain music scores, based on the wiki principle. Since its launch on February 16, 2006, more than 4000 works (or 7100 scores) by over 400 composers (as of June 2007) have been uploaded, making it one of the largest public domain music score collections on the web.[1] Image File history File links Size of this preview: 525 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (840 × 959 pixel, file size: 403 KB, MIME type: image/png) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... // Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is a technical, Web-related term used in two distinct meanings: In popular usage, it is a widespread synonym for Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) — many popular and technical texts will use the term URL when referring to URI; Strictly, the idea of a uniform syntax for... The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ... Sheet music is written representation of music. ... Look up Wiki in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... February 16 is the 47th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...

The library consists mainly of scans of old musical editions out of copyright. In addition, it admits scores by contemporary composers who wish to share their music with the world by releasing it under a Creative Commons license. One of the main projects of IMSLP (almost completed as of April 2007) is the sorting and uploading of the complete works of Johann Sebastian Bach in the Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe (1851-1899)[2]. Beside J.S. Bach's, Frédéric Chopin's nearly complete oeuvre is available on IMSLP. In computing, a scanner is a device that analyzes an image, printed text, or handwriting, or an object (such as an ornament) and converts it to a digital image. ... Copyright symbol Copyright is a set of exclusive rights regulating the use of a particular expression of an idea or information. ... The Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative work available for others legally to build upon and share. ... Bach in a 1748 portrait by Haussmann Places in which Bach resided throughout his life Johann Sebastian Bach (pronounced ) (21 March 1685 O.S. – 28 July 1750 N.S.) was a prolific German composer and organist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra and solo instruments drew together the... The Bach-Gesellschaft was a society formed in 1850 for the express purpose of publishing the complete works of Johann Sebastian Bach without editorial additions. ... The only known photograph of Frédéric Chopin, believed to have been taken by Louis-Auguste Bisson in 1849. ...

The wiki interface employed by IMSLP is quite similar to that of Wikipedia itself. besides providing a digital repository, IMSLP offers possibilities as a musicological encyclopaedia, since multiple and historical editions of a single composition can be uploaded, and musicological analyses and historical commentaries accompany the scores. Musicology is reasoned discourse concerning music (Greek: μουσικη = music and λογος = word or reason). In other words: the whole body of systematized knowledge about music which results from the application of a scientific method of investigation or research, or of philosophical speculation and rational systematization to the facts, the processes and the...

IMSLP is officially recommended by the MIT[3][4], which also uses it extensively in some of its OpenCourseWare courses.[5][6] It is suggested as a resource by university libraries at Oberlin Conservatory of Music[7], Manhattan School of Music[8], Stanford University[9], McGill University[10], Brown University[11], University of Maryland[12], University of New Mexico[13], University of Washington[14], University of Wisconsin[15], California Institute of the Arts[16], and several others, and it has been submitted to MERLOT by a member professor.[17] The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private, coeducational research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... MIT OpenCourseWare (MIT OCW) is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to put all of the educational materials from MITs undergraduate- and graduate-level courses online, free and openly available to anyone, anywhere, by the year 2007. ... Musician entering the Oberlin Conservatory The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, located in Oberlin, Ohio, was founded in 1865 and is the nations oldest continuously operating conservatory. ... The Manhattan School of Music is one of Americas leading music conservatories located in New York City that offers degrees on the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels in the areas of classical and jazz performance and composition. ... Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University (or simply Stanford), is a private university located approximately 37 miles (60 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco and approximately 20 miles northwest of San José in Stanford, California. ... McGill University is a publicly funded, co-educational research university located in the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... Brown University is a private university located in Providence, Rhode Island. ... University of Maryland, College Park The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public coeducational university situated in suburban College Park, Maryland just outside Washington, D.C. The flagship institution of the University System of Maryland, the university is most often referred to... The University of New Mexico (UNM) is a public university in Albuquerque, New Mexico. ... The University of Washington, founded in 1861, is a public research university in Seattle, Washington. ... The University of Wisconsin–Madison is a public university located in Madison, Wisconsin. ... Entrance to CalArts on McBean Parkway The California Institute of the Arts is commonly referred to as CalArts. ... The Merlot online community is an online education technology project sponsored by the California State University System. ...

Similar projects

The Mutopia project is a volunteer-run effort to create a library of public domain sheet music, in a way similar to Project Gutenbergs library of public domain books. ... Typesetting involves the presentation of textual material in an aesthetic form on paper or some other media. ... The Choral Public Domain Library (CPDL) is a sheet music archive which focuses on choral and vocal music in the public domain. ... The Werner Icking Music Archive, often abbreviated WIMA, is a web archive of public domain sheet music. ... Early music is commonly defined as European classical music from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque. ...


  1. ^ http://www.freesheetmusicguide.com/classical.htm
  2. ^ http://www.imslp.org/wiki/Category:Bach%2C_Johann_Sebastian
  3. ^ http://news-libraries.mit.edu/blog/archives/354
  4. ^ http://libraries.mit.edu/music/
  5. ^ http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Music-and-Theater-Arts/21M-250Fall-2006/Listening/index.htm
  6. ^ http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Music-and-Theater-Arts/21M-262Fall-2006/Listening/index.htm
  7. ^ http://oberlinconservatorylibrary.blogspot.com/2007/04/classical-music-in-public-domain.html
  8. ^ http://library.msmnyc.edu/screens/freestuff.html
  9. ^ http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/music/research_help/outsidelinks.html#sheet
  10. ^ http://www.mcgill.ca/music-library/collections/links/
  11. ^ http://dl.lib.brown.edu/gateway/program.php?programid=45&task=internet#32
  12. ^ http://www.lib.umd.edu/PAL/resources.html
  13. ^ http://elibrary.unm.edu/subjects/music.php
  14. ^ http://www.lib.washington.edu/subject/Music/dr/elsco.html
  15. ^ http://music.library.wisc.edu/resources/scores.htm#onlinescores
  16. ^ http://www.calarts.edu/library/researchresources/artsites.html#music
  17. ^ http://www.merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=243764

External links

  • IMSLP Official Homepage



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