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Encyclopedia > Werner Icking Music Archive

The Werner Icking Music Archive, often abbreviated WIMA, is a web archive of public domain sheet music. WIMA continues the defunct GMD Music Archive and is named after its founder, the late Werner Icking. 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. ...


WIMA offers primarily classical music, but the archive also contains jazz scores. WIMA is also the home site of MusiXTeX, a suite of open source music typesetting utilities based on the typesetting system TeX Classical music is generally thought of as sophisticated and refined; it may stem from a regional tradition, but aspires to universal form of communication. ... The TeX logo The TeX mascot, by Duane Bibby TEX, written as TeX in plain text, is a typesetting system created by Donald Knuth. ...


The majority of the compositions represented in WIMA is early music. Some of the early music scores published in WIMA are the first modern editions of these compositions. A number of contemporary composers have chosen to publish their works in WIMA. Early music is European classical music before the classical music era and after Ancient music. ...


The older music offered in WIMA is out of copyright. The scores are electronically typeset by volunteers and distributed in PDF, often accompanied by their typesetting files. Copyright symbol. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


See also

Shortcut: WP:PD There are many resources available on the net that are in the public domain, and therefore freely usable without restrictions for Wikipedia content. ...

Other public domain music projects

The Choral Public Domain Library is a website that allows the editing and posting of choral music in the public domain in many formats, most notably PDF and midi. ... The Mutopia project is an effort to create a library of public domain sheet music, in a way similar to Project Gutenbergs library of public domain books. ...

External links

  • The Werner Icking Music Archive
  • WIMA list of free sheet music archives
  • Project Gutenberg music section

 
 

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