A beautiful score

I would like to share with you some of my inspiration.  For an aspiring music engraver, one of the most important sources of knowledge is looking at hand-engraved scores. (Nowadays everything is typeset using computers, and while some of the scores are very good, often the quality is really poor.)  It seems that engravings from the first half of 20th century represent the finest period in music publishing, and many of them are real pieces of art. 

Fortunately, a lot of these scores are now in the public domain and can be freely downloaded, for example from the Petrucci Music Library.  I’d like to show you one that I’ve enjoyed studying: it’s a collection of three „Albumblätter“ (*) by Ferruccio Busoni, published by Breitkopf & Härtel.

While there are some scanning artifacts visible, you may notice that the score is expressive and a pleasure to look at.  It is neither too loose nor overloaded with information; the rhythm of the piece is clearly visible and all symbols have a very elegant appearance.  I wish all sheet music looked this way!

busoni-albumblatt

Click on the image to download pdf from imslp.org


(*) For the title „Albumblatt“ see the entry on Wikipedia

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