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02.07.2014 08:06

Music scores on the iPad

The Bärenreiter Study Score Reader offers new works on a monthly basis

Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Beethoven, Berlioz, Schubert, Brahms, Debussy: the scores of the greatest works of music history on iPad – that’s the idea of the Bärenreiter Study Score Reader which was launched in March. New works will be added every month. In July these will include Johann Sebastian Bach‘s Lutheran Masses, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s The First Walpurgis Night.

The app was developed to make the highly-regarded “Bärenreiter Urtext” brand available digitally. For this, the format of the Bärenreiter study scores was transferred to the iPad at almost the same size. The app presents the music text from the study scores, which meet the latest demands, at crystal clear, high resolution. It’s possible to add your own annotations. Simple navigation allows for rapid page-turning, direct selection of movements and a seamless increasing of size of the music notes. Scholarly introductions provide information about the background, special features and performance practice of each work. The app makes available a tool for interested music lovers, conductors, musicologists and students, bringing all the advantages of an Urtext edition to a tablet.

The Bärenreiter Study Score Reader is available free via the iTunes Store. A free demo version of Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune” can be downloaded from iTunes. The digital study scores cost between 5.49 and 9.99 Euros each.

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