Monday, June 16

Where Was I?

Due to unexpected serendipity, I’ve reconnected to this blog. Providential!

Sunday, March 9

Very Overdue

Yes, I know. It's been a while. Stay tuned, it’s winter again.

Wednesday, December 20

Finale 2007a arrives in cyberspace

MakeMusic has released the first update, but some of the bugs I experienced don’t seem to have been addressed. The 2007 update was worth the cost, and recent jobs more than paid for the update. More overnight...

Found myself on Google blog search . . .

Since Google can find blogs for you too, I’ve successfully turned myself up on Google. Whew! Sort by date helps. Below my blog I found this movie review. How about that. Later. . .

What I do

Now this is the post that it would be nice for Google to catch.

Since I discovered I have a very good aural memory in my mid-teens, even though I hadn't taken piano lessons, I elected to take on music as a career. I discovered a talent for transcribing music from recordings (since I have perfect pitch), and at the same time learned how professional orchestrating and copying is done, so I've moved ahead in that line of work. Unfortunately I've experienced serious setbacks in the past few years, as change has been inevitable and I wasn't quite prepared for it. Be that as it may, here goes:
  • Music copyist (extraction/reconstruction of pc-stored data, and new data entry) using Finale 2003 or 2007 exclusively. Recently reconstructed a one-act opera running a few hundred pages.
  • Orchestrator/arranger/transcriber: Numerous works of this type for concert band, during my tenure from 1993-2005 as a music librarian (details available so e-mail me). Also recently reconstructed a 1912 operetta for a prestigious midwestern company.
  • Long-time Mac & Finale user, also experienced with Adobe software (early user of InDesign).
  • This list will be enlarged and updated going forward.
It would be improper on this blog to directly do business, but e-mail is welcome. More later.

Companion blog started, called SchweiBlog 07

I’ve started a companion blog to this one for personal stuff, while this one will be for my professional music stuff. I’ll put crosslinks in when it’s appropriate. Hope this works for me.

Been Away A While

Ummm... time to start blogging in earnest before time runs out! More tomorrow morning.

Saturday, August 12

Finale 2007 has arrived

I'm in possession of my copy of Finale® 2007. It has new features which are formidable! It remains to be seen whether it can function as my working version on a 500MHz G4 from 2000. UPDATE: Yes, and it counts! (Dec 2006)

Wednesday, January 18

Petrucci's Situation--Go To Wiki and Come Back here.

Petrucci bio on Wikipedia

What's inspiring about Petrucci the man is his courage to innovate as well as act to protect the process of innovating, since it was available to him.

More later.

Petrucci, Ottaviano (1466-1539)

When Finale was introduced two decades ago, it used Petrucci as its music font, and recently this piece of work was elevated to emeritus status: it's now considered a legacy font.


Stands to reason, the original Finale designers wanted to watermark any and all of their product's output. Hence:

By now everybody recognizes the familiar treble clef. It tagged anybody's work as Finale immediately.

Before continuing, let's check out a small gallery of other font setups:

Now until Maestro, Engraver, and Jazz were supplied with Finale, you tried rolling your own music font or used Adobe's Sonata, if you knew Petrucci wasn't a publisher's cup of tea. Petrucci was Coda's way of saying that the software was more important than the work you accomplished with it.

I suppose that nowadays Sibelius is a way of telling MakeMusic that Finale is only a conduit for creation/realization, and must not call attention to itself in the final output. It can only call attention to itself within the user experience while doing the work.

Put another way, when you are reading and playing a Beethoven sonata, the publisher and engraver and technology must be invisible, and only Beethoven must be visible. How is this accomplished?

Later . . .

Oh, you were wondering about Petrucci, weren't you? The man, that is.

next . . .

Tuesday, January 17

Looking for Work

Can a music prep guy restart, er, jumpstart, his career with a blog? Perhaps by providing a new mousetrap, a path will be beaten to his door. Read on.

Going back to the mid 80s I've been a copyist, music librarian, and after a while the staff orchestrator/arranger, for "MUSIC AT KINGSBOROUGH", a successful year-round program of events at Kingsborough Community College in beautiful Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn. That enterprise was recently terminated by a new administration. In any ca
se I've used that experience to continually develop as a preparer of music notation, and perhaps I'm ready to take on a new persona.

Here's a question: which notation looks the most inviting, saying "play me"?

A: (it's just a png so it's not scalable, but you can view the graphic at full size in a new window)

or B: (same here)

If your answer is B, even though you might not even read music, what did you notice?

When I showed this to my wife just now, she first noticed that the notation in B is "bigger". To a certain extent this is an optical illusion because the dimensions of the graphic are the same, but it's the size of the objects in the notation that make the necessary impact, even in this small web graphic.

On to the next post. . .