A new web-library is scanning classical sheet music books, re-edited as PDF files. The site's purpose is to make good music editions available, professionally, to the large internet audience, for a symbolic fee. The organisation publishes editions no longer covered by copyrights, owns all the material that it re-publishes and provides a detailed list of all the information contained in the original scores, such as the original publisher, catalogue number, and year of publication, plus the town where the score was purchased, and the condition of the score.
Material is scanned using a method which allows for high precision in page centering. Valuable scores in a worn out condition are restored, thereby saving rare music from becoming lost. In order to maintain quality control, the organisation does not accept .pdf contributions from visitors.
Classica Land began when the owners had the idea of scanning their own sheet music library, not just to sell them, but because they love old books and scores, and to have them well-ordered in digital form, and the project has expanded into a continually-growing Europe-wide database.
Posted: 25 May 2007
by Alessandro Simonetto
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