Thanks to all of our guests who attended our 2018 Lake Forest Symphony Gala at Exmoor Country Club this past Saturday. We had a fantastic evening raising funds for the Symphony’s outreach projects, and danced the evening away to music of the Jazz Consortium. Click the button below for a link to the full album!
Win a five-course meal with wine for six people at a Lake Forest estate, cooked by Maestro Vladimir Kulenovic. Date to be mutually agreed upon by all parties. Raffle winner will be chosen at the Gala. Winner need not be present.Read More
For 61 years, the Lake Forest Symphony has been a beacon to the Illinois arts community. Our Masterworks Series, Salon Series, Musical Memories program, and in-school concerts have enriched the lives of audiences of all ages. We could not have made the music without your support.Read More
The Lake Forest Symphony needs your help…Read More
Lake Forest Symphony will be joining forces with Lake County Cares to gather food for local shelters. Last season, our patrons brought in a grand total of 113.78 pounds of food that were given to shelters across Lake County.
Help us beat our previous record, and bring a few cans of non-perishable foods with you to the our November 10th and 11th concerts.
Thanks to our patrons for helping us fight hunger across Lake County!
On November 10th & 11th, the Lake Forest Symphony will celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial with a concert featuring four living Illinois composers.Read More
The Lake Forest Symphony is proud to announce the release of their newest record in collaboration with Nicole Cabell and Alyson Cambridge. The album is the second with the Grammy Award-Winning label, Cedille Records.Read More
Dr. Hector Rasgado-Flores, Board Member of the Lake Forest Symphony, will be recognized by the Mexican Government as a “Distinguished Mexican.”Read More
The Lake Forest Symphony Guild made a stylish appearance in the Lake Forest Day parade today!Read More
The Lake Fores Symphony hosted its annual summer fundraiser, Music in the Garden on June 24th at a beautiful Italian villa in Lake Forest.Read More
Join the Lake Forest Symphony for a Music Instrument Garden on June 21!Read More
The Lake Forest Symphony cuts ticket prices by 25% for 2018-19 Season!
The Lake Forest Symphony is proud to announce the 2018-19 Season which begins September and will feature 9 concerts of classical, jazz, contemporary and film scores, along with special events.
In a historic move, the Symphony is lowering all ticket prices by 25%. "We want to make sure that the performances by these amazing musicians are accessible to everyone." Said Timothy Corpus, Lake Forest Symphony Executive Director, "Now that the Symphony manages our own Box Office, we are able to make adjustments to meet the needs of our audience. We are focused on making the Symphony easy to access which is why we will also be releasing a brand new website this summer."
Last year, in its 60th Anniversary Season, the Symphony made a triumphant return to Lake Forest by performing at the Lake Forest Academy. The Symphony will remain in Lake Forest in the 2018-19 Season by performing two concerts in the John & Nancy Hughes Theater of the Gorton Community Center.
With the Salon Series enjoying record attendance and ticket sales, an additional special presentation has been added to the season. In March 2019, musicians of the Lake Forest Symphony will present newly-composed film scores performed live alongside modern silent films from around the world. Created by Access Contemporary Music, the Sound of Silent Film Festival includes Official Selections from the Lucerne International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival and Academy Award-nominated short films.
Among the highlights for 2018-19, the orchestra will perform works by Copland, Bernstein, Debussy, Rachmaninov and more. The Symphony will highlight the state of Illinois in its Illinois Bicentennial Concert in November 2018. An officially endorsed event by the state of Illinois, the Lake Forest Symphony will present works by Illinois composers Jim Stephenson, Augusta Read Thomas, Stacy Garrop, and executive director Timothy Corpus.
A special collection of guest artists will perform with the orchestra, including cellist Julian Schwarz, LFS Concertmaster Netanel Draiblate and local saxophonist Russell Kerns. Making her Lake Forest Symphony concert debut, Dana Zemtsov will bring to life the popular Romantic-era work, Harold in Italy by Hector Berlioz. The Masterworks Series closes in May with the return of pianist Wael Farouk in the herculean Third Piano Concerto by Sergei Rachmaninov.
“Music is a fundamental right, not a privilege, and this season we are furthering our effort to bring live musical performances closer to every member of our community," explains Music Director Vladimir Kulenovic, "What we are continuing to achieve through our programming, as well as through the ever-increasing artistic quality or our performances, is to involve more people on the exciting journey that we started with our audience four years ago."
Customers renewing season ticket packages can access all Lake Forest Symphony 2018-2019 concerts listed below. To renew your season ticket package, call the Box Office at (847) 295-2135. New subscription sales begin on May 21 and tickets to individual concerts go on sale August 1, 2018. Subscribers enjoy a long list of benefits including priority seating, free unlimited ticket exchanges, invitations to Martinis for the Maestro, restaurant discounts, and much more.
Led by Music Director Vladimir Kulenovic, the 2018-19 Masterworks Series consists of five weekends featuring a wide range of classical repertoire. The Masterworks Series concerts take place in the James Lumber Center at the College of Lake County and the John & Nancy Hughes Theater at the Gorton Community Center. This season the Symphony has moved up its Saturday performance time to 7:30pm.
The Next 60 Years - September 8 & 9, 2018
The Lake Forest Symphony begins its season with one of Carl Maria von Weber’s most popular works, the Overture to Der Freischütz. Following the overture, one of today’s leading cellists Julian Schwarz makes his Lake Forest Symphony debut with Shostakovich’s landmark Concerto for Cello. Maestro Kulenovic then leads the orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s famed Fifth Symphony, a striking romantic staple and favorite among audiences everywhere.
Illinois Bicentennial Concert & La Mer - November 10 & 11, 2018
Illinois is turning 200! The symphony celebrates the bicentennial with music by Illinois composers Jim Stephenson, Augusta Read Thomas, Stacy Garrop, and our own Executive Director Timothy Corpus. Concertmaster Netanel Draiblate performs Stephenson’s popular violin concerto, Tributes. The concert concludes with Debussy’s monumental impressionistic work, La Mer.
Strings Attached and Detached - January 18, 19 & 20, 2019
The Lake Forest Symphony’s heraldic brass and percussion sections open the season’s most unique concert with Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man. The works that follow by Mozart, Strauss, and Stephenson will continue to add players and saxophone soloist Russell Kerns to the stage, as well as continue Kulenovic’s Haydn Symphony cycle. The great finale will be celebrated by all forces joining together in Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music!
*January 18 & 19 will be presented in the John & Nancy Hughes Theater at the Gorton Community Center.
Beethoven & Berlioz - April 13 & 14, 2019
The Lake Forest Symphony’s Beethoven cycle continues with his highly-provocative First Symphony. Continuing with firsts, the Symphony invites one of the world’s finest emerging violists, Dana Zemtsov, for her U.S. orchestral debut! Ms. Zemtsov brings to life a popular Romantic-era programmatic work, Berlioz’s Harold in Italy, which was inspired by Lord Byron’s narrative poem Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage.
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 - May 18 & 19, 2019
The Lake Forest Symphony begins its final concert of the season with Tchaikovsky’s exciting Polonaise, only to be silenced by the introspective and mysterious beginning of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. A profound and tremendous work, it was a significant factor in Maestro Kulenovic’s dedication to music from a very early age. The season concludes with pianist Wael Farouk’s return to Lake Forest in the herculean Third Piano Concerto of Sergei Rachmaninov.
Now in its third season, the Salon Series offer a special evening of music, mingling, hors d'oeuvre and drinks. Presented at the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest, Illinois, the Salon Series offers a wide variety of musical styles in a relaxed setting with complimentary food and beverages.
4spiel - Friday, October 12, 2018
Sounds of Change: Music of the 60's and 70's
From Hendrix to Shostakovitch, the late 60's and 70's were a time of transformation, as musicians were using their music to as a catalyst for change. Some raised their voices in protest, while others delighted in breaking ground with new musical forms. 4spiel brings a dynamic playlist, ranging from hard rock,to musical theater and back to classical. Join the quartet and a guest vocalist for their signature mix of tunes, stories and banter as they recreate the musical revolution of the 60's and 70's!
Music of Bernstein, Shostakovitch, Hendrix, Sondheim, Marvin Gaye, Dave Brubeck and more!
Gymnopédie Duo - Friday, February 15, 2019
Les Six: Paris in the Roaring Twenties
Join Lake Forest Symphony Musicians Dileep Gangolli, clarinet and Janice MacDonald, flute, as they perform music by composers of Les Six, a consortium of French composers who wrote music between the two World Wars influenced by the dance halls, jazz bands, and speakeasies of the Era. The goal of the Les Six was to make music simple and accessible while turning the staid concert hall into a boisterous nightclub with a party atmosphere. In this concert, that's just what we'll do. Come join us as we turn the Gorton Center into a French nightclub and perform saucy musical selections while you sip on wines and cheeses from the Langedoc and Rhone regions of France.
The Sound of Silent Film Festival - Friday, March 1, 2019
Musicians of the Lake Forest Symphony present newly-composed film scores performed live to modern silent films from around the world. Created by Access Contemporary Music, the Sound of Silent Film Festival includes Official Selections from the Lucerne International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival and Academy Award-nominated short films. Ranging from comedy to drama, this evening’s performance is a perfect compromise for those torn between seeing a concert, or a movie!
Lake Forest Symphony Horns - Friday, March 29, 2019
The Orchestra Horn: A Musical History
“The sound of the horn is the soul of the orchestra”
— Robert Schumann
Find out how the horn evolved through time, around the world, and how it ended up as the soul of the orchestra! The Symphony presents its horns from pre-history to the modern day orchestra horn. Instruments will include sea shells, animal horns, and early man-made wood and metal instruments. We’ll journey from the Baroque era, to Classical, Romantic, and through 20th and 21st century compositions, with slight detours to Manhattan, Hollywood, and Chicago!
The Lake Forest Symphony is excited to announce the release of the first-ever commercial recording with the GRAMMY Award winning Cedille Records.Read More
The Lake Forest Symphony will host the annual event Music in the Garden on June 24, 2018.Read More
If we can give ourselves a nickname, it might be the DIY-Symphony. Take a look as Vladimir, James, and Tom build the symphony our own cello podium for Jay Campbell to perform on this upcoming weekend! (Don't worry, no conductors were harmed in the making of this podium.)Read More
This article was originally published by Scoring Notes, interview conducted by Philip Rothman. See the original article here: https://www.scoringnotes.com/people/interview-librarian-paul-beck/
Note: This week we’re publishing posts related to the 2018 Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA) Conference, hosted by the Kansas City Symphony and held downtown Kansas City, Missouri from March 16-19, 2018. This post is an in-depth interview with librarian Paul Beck, former librarian at The Juilliard School, The Metropolitan Opera, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and other institutions.
When the music finally rolls off the printer and it’s time to take it to the orchestra, the copyist, engraver or composer has no better ally than the librarian. The librarian is a musician who is part of the orchestra, but he or she doesn’t play an instrument (or at least not when wearing their librarian hat; many librarians are, in fact performers as well). Rather, the librarian is responsible for making sure that the right music is in the right place at the right time — a task that encompasses everything from procuring the music, negotiating rental fees, communicating with composers and arrangers, editing, marking bowings, cuts, and transpositions, and a whole host of other duties that are essential to facilitating smooth rehearsals and performances.
More than once, I’ve been saved by the expert librarians that I’ve been fortunate to have worked with. On one occasion, I sent a set of parts to one of the largest orchestras in the US. Upon receiving the parts, the librarian inspected them and noticed some out-of-range notes on the low end of the English horn part. It turned out that I had sent an untransposed part! Imagine the problems if that part had made its way to the stand. Thanks to the librarian, it was our little secret and I was able to send over a new part.
Very early on in my career (22 years ago) I sent an orchestra a set parts for a piece I had composed. Not knowing any better, I had printed everything on loose-leaf, single sided paper. That orchestra’s librarian called me up and, kindly — and rightly — told me that she would not be able to give the music to the players in that state. Rather than making me reprint and bind everything, though (which, at the time, would have been a significant expense for me), the librarian painstakingly taped all the parts together and made it work.
One of the finest librarians I know is Paul Beck. An alumnus of the Manhattan School and the New World Symphony, Paul has had a distinguished career working at The Juilliard School, The Metropolitan Opera, the Mostly Mozart Festival, as well as many other institutions in addition to being the concert librarian for soprano Renée Fleming. I’ve known Paul for 20 years and, with my company NYC Music Services we’ve collaborated on hundreds of projects.
For the last seven of those years, Paul has been NYC Music Services’ librarian for Carnegie Hall’s Link Up project, a highly participatory program in which elementary school children learn to sing and play an instrument in the classroom and perform with a professional orchestra from their seats. This year, the the program will be implemented by more than 100 partner orchestras, serving over 400,000 students and teachers — and every single one of those 20 lb. boxes of music is processed through our shop, under Paul’s watchful eye.
In light of all of this, and in anticipation of the 2018 Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA) conference at which I’ll be presenting this weekend, I thought it would be fun and interesting to talk to Paul about his life and work, and to hear in his own words what it means to perform the essential function of the librarian in today’s musical world.
Q: Tell us about your background.
I grew up in suburban Milwaukee where I was recruited to try the bassoon in fifth grade. The South Milwaukee School District’s music program is excellent and is staffed by outstanding and devoted educators. For me, a musically curious and motivated student, it was a launchpad to explore not only the bassoon but orchestral repertoire. While in high school our local youth symphony offered further musical opportunities and an international tour to Scotland! My dad is also an accomplished guitarist with perfect pitch and there was always music in the house. These early influences gave me the confidence to continue in music.
In college I studied bassoon performance at the Manhattan School of Music earning a Bachelor of Music degree in 1998. During my time at MSM I worked in the performance library for my work-study job. There I took notice of the look and feel of printed music — especially different versions and editions. Working in the library I began to wonder, why is some music handwritten and some engraved? Why did the bass clef in a Novello publication look backwards? Why was there a handwritten version of Shostakovich 5th Symphony and an engraved version — after all, they are the same piece. I quickly concluded that engraving styles impact the performer either positively or negatively.
Excited and curious about my work in the Manhattan School of Music performance library, I knew that some aspect of music preparation was the right career path for me. This type of work takes a detailed mind where no detail is considered too small, but also a requires someone who enjoys working with a wide group of people within an organization.
My career has been truly varied, having experience with major and minor professional companies, schools and festivals. After a recent stint as acting principal librarian with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra I’ve become a project-based librarian and music prep specialist. I’ve also managed Renée Fleming’s concert library since 2010. This summer I will be filling in as librarian for the Santa Fe Opera.
Q: What was your first awareness of the role of a librarian? How did you choose to pursue it as a career?
As a kid I attended performances by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Fascinated with the printed concert program, including the foreign language terms and opus numbers, I studied the orchestra personnel roster. Near the bottom of the roster I noticed a position called Principal Librarian.
Seeing this title among the musicians made me wonder why a librarian was listed among orchestra musicians. Then I wondered, what did the librarian do for the organization beyond the obvious? After all, I thought a librarian was a learned serious person who stocks books in a quiet place called a public library. Then I finally met Patrick McGinn, the MSO’s Principal Librarian (then and now) while in college. He has remained a key figure in my professional life. It was my honor to fill in for Patrick as acting principal librarian for MSO for a portion of 2017.
Shortly before graduating from the Manhattan School of Music, I contacted Lawrence Tarlow (the long-serving principal librarian for the New York Philharmonic). My cold call to Mr. Tarlow resulted in a fancy lunch over which a more complete picture of this profession unfolded in a way that only Larry could narrate. Quickly he became my librarian mentor and a source of wisdom, baseball anecdotes and good humor which continues to this day.
There are few training programs for hopeful orchestra librarians. I was lucky enough to train as an orchestra library Fellow with the New World Symphony where my career as an orchestra librarian began. The New World Symphony program offers a unique training laboratory under librarian Martha Levine’s tutelage. The Fellow experiences a complete symphonic season including a subscription series, pops and touring.
Profession, career, and education
Q: What does a librarian do?
In a nutshell, the librarian’s task is to get the right music in the right place at the right time.
You may wonder what defines the “right music”. Much research is done by the librarian far in advance. The first step is to confirm the edition and version of each piece on the program. It’s best when the music is already in the library (we call this “take it off the shelf”), but if protected by copyright it needs to be rented from a publisher. In certain cases a custom version must be created such as a suite or transposition.
Knowledge of copyright law is essential, as the librarian will be the primary contact with publishers when protected works are programmed. Proofreading is often necessary to avoid wasted time in rehearsals finding corrections.
String bowings are an important part of a librarian’s daily life, as the library staff will prompt the conductor or principal strings to review or originate the bowings in advance. Then they are marked in pencil to all parts which saves time in rehearsal.
The librarians also shuttle the music folders well in advance of any rehearsal or concert as well as handling conductors scores during performances. This is often the most visible yet uncomplicated task we face!
Q: How does the librarian interact with publishers? Composers? Instrumentalists? Conductors? Others?
Each of these constituents you mention have different priorities when they interact with the library. Broad interpersonal skills are prerequisites for a successful career. I define these skills as the ability to form musically trusting relationships quickly with everyone who needs the library.
Publishers: Librarians are the copyright expert in any organization and liaise with publishers. The most uncomplicated transaction is the simple rental of a copyright work (small rights). It’s more complicated when there is a world premiere, last minute program change, or grand rights (stage works). We cultivate trusting relationships with rental agents as this allows us to “pull the rabbit out of the hat”.
Composers: Supporting a new composition is one of the most exciting projects we undertake. Frequent changes from the composer are transmitted to the performers and often under time pressed circumstances. The guidance that a librarian can offer a less experienced composer/copyist is valuable. Aspects of layout and readability are paramount.
Instrumentalists: Players depend on the library for accurately prepared parts available well in advance of rehearsals and concerts. Librarians are expected to research mistakes in the music and troubleshoot anything which is difficult to decipher. We need to also provide workable parts for transposing instruments. A librarian has done an excellent job when the parts are simply a tool that does not hinder a performer. There are also instrumentalists with who make special requests such as enlarged music or special transpositions. These requests are accommodated on a case by case basis.
Conductors: The best relationships between conductors and librarians are interdependent and less hierarchical. The conductor is on the hot seat in front of the orchestra and must trust that his or her requests have been carried out via the parts. The librarians also depend on the conductor to guide the music preparation process (edition, editing and bowing). If either the conductor or librarian is sloppy, the product is compromised. An experienced librarian will anticipate what the conductor will request.
Q: What is the role of a 21st-century librarian? How has the profession changed?
In today’s era, librarians straddle analog and digital methods. Skills are required in each.
PDF scans often supplant paper practice parts these days. Computer engraving is a useful skill, but there are still cases where a simple handwritten patch is faster and looks more seamless. In-house production of scores and parts has become much easier for us, however the question remains: are librarians quasi-publishers, or does this responsibility start further down this pipeline? There isn’t consensus within the profession about this, but the profession has certainly changed because of it.
The craft of being an orchestra librarian has expanded into a much more finely-tuned and networked endeavor because of the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA). It was founded in 1983 and has grown to include members from many continents who share resources and best practices through an annual conference.
Q: What was it like working at the Met? Any stories that illustrate the vital role of librarians? What’s unique about working in opera?
The Met is a fascinating and complicated opera city. The entire company is united toward one goal: to put on the best show possible. Some of the brightest minds work at the Met and I’ll always be grateful for the experience I gained there over nine seasons (2002-2011). The Met presents around 20 operas, a symphonic series and opera galas each season, so it’s incredibly busy. It’s also a complicated workplace with over 20 unions represented in the house. Competing departmental priorities for funding and influence also add to the complexity behind the scenes.
A few stressful but amusing things happened while I worked as a full-time assistant librarian at the Met.
So, one, or sometimes two librarians are present for any Met performance. One night during an intermission of Gounod’s Faust, a call came to the library that the organ pedals weren’t working. After a valiant attempt to fix them failed I was asked to play the music usually covered by the pedals on the keyboard while the organist played the melody. What a shock and surprise that a librarian would be making such a booming sound during a Met performance!
Another time a flute player left their part for Shostakovich’s The Nose at home and there was no backup copy. I found myself in a taxi entering the player’s West Side apartment to grab the part and then deliver it in the pit during the middle of Act I. The world of opera is dramatic in all corners of the opera house!
As far as the practical matters of working as a librarian in an opera house, one must remember that the orchestra is not the only focus, which is contrary to what we are taught as instrumentalists. Vocal scores must be prepared long before the orchestra parts as the singers need them but also all the technical staff. Frequent off-stage performers (banda) are often an exciting part of the staging. Librarians in a theater must remain aware of their location and needs of these bande.
When there’s a cast change, a cut may be added or opened and the library is the clearinghouse for this information. And then there may be transposed arias required! In summary working, as part of an opera theater, changes are frequent and to be expected.
Q: You have a particular passion for education. Tell us how you feel about educating the next generation of musicians.
The knowledge we acquire as professionals is meant to be shared with the younger generation. One of my great joys at Juilliard, where I worked as principal orchestra librarian for total of eight years (1999-2002 and 2011-2016), was collaborating with student composers. The Juilliard Orchestra performs a concert of their music in addition to several other readings throughout the year. The composers consulted with me in advance and I offered feedback about the look and feel of their materials. Many student composers never had their parts and scores subjected this type of scrutiny. Most were so grateful for feedback about layout and readability, as their teachers focus more on content.
In 2013 I was asked to serve as the librarian for the newly formed National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) which is sponsored by the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. There is an intensive residency and tour each year. Alongside the NYO staff we developed a thriving apprenticeship program which currently consists of a librarian, orchestra manager, composer and conductor. These apprenticeships are a great career introduction to non-performing opportunities in music.
Q: Who are some of your mentors?
Mentoring can happen at any time between any two people regardless of age or status. The best mentoring happens outside of a stated mentoring relationship. There are people in my life who are mentors to me and they don’t even know it!
A significant mentor in my life has been Lawrence Tarlow, principal librarian for the New York Philharmonic. Larry created an environment over the last twenty years where I could be myself and ask questions, both serious and playful and receive a candid response.
I also learned a lot from the late Richard Horowitz who was the long-serving principal timpanist of the Met. He was a serious hand copyist and generally detail-oriented person. This jack-of-all-trades also fashioned batons for famous maestros and would write teeny inscriptions on them. Dick taught everyone around him lessons about precision and craftsmanship.
Q: What are some things you’d like to pursue in the future?
I love foreign languages and would like to spend more time learning German, Italian, Korean, Spanish and others! It’s fun to know four or five words in every language and greet someone in their native tongue. Traveling more would also be fantastic as I’d love to visit South America (especially Peru) and Asia (Taiwan and Japan) for extended periods of time.
Professionally I’d like to re-engrave opera arias to replace lousy old editions and create workable banda parts for Italian operas. And I’d love to learn Dorico!
Q: What are some common pitfalls that you see in music preparation? How can they be avoided?
The most common problem I see is a lack of empathetic attention to detail. Music prep professionals must always think like musicians and empathize with whomever will be performing from the part. Would a courtesy accidental help or distract? Does the harmony affect the spelling of the note? Should a pencil marking be a little bigger for a bass player who may stand farther away from the music? Is there a big solo that a player may want a “heads up” about?
Librarians speak of “marking bowings” almost as a chance to turn off the mind, but it is also a great chance to spot other problems such as wrong notes or rhythms. A career in music prep will be very musically rewarding when approached this way.
It may sound elementary, but everyone must double- and triple-check their work, regardless of experience.
Keeping up with technology, especially scanning equipment, is important. Take the time to become familiar with your scanner and its features. For instance 300 DPI may be just fine for a practice part but a printing master for publication may need a higher resolution such as 400 or 600 DPI.
Q: Any general advice that you can offer from a librarian’s perspective?
To me, collaboration is key. It’s tempting to work all alone but music preparation doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Each project is always on the road to someone else. Ask for a colleague to proof read your work or serve as a sounding board for an idea. Maybe someone else has a trick they use to solve a common problem. Maybe a colleague in another department would benefit from something you’ve discovered in the library.
Study of foreign languages (especially Italian, German and French) pays dividends. So often, we encounter abbreviations or terms marked in foreign languages. With a bit of knowledge many of these can be figured out contextually. Music history and music theory also are useful and add depth and value to your music prep work.
Q: Are they any composers/works/editions that you consider to be particularly fine examples of music engraving?
While at the Met, I found the Mozart opera editions published by Breitkopf & Härtel to be works of engraving beauty. Don Giovanni is a good example. The spacing reflects the sound of the music and the editions are very accurate. The cues are intuitive.
Larry Tarlow often says that a computer doesn’t make an inherently great copyist, only a neater one. It’s important to create the warmth of these old editions in your computer-generated editions while following the rules of engraving. Many of us refer to Elaine Gould’s book Behind Bars which is a 676-page definitive guide to music notation.
Q: What notation software programs do you use? Tell us about some situations in which using notation software has helped. What about other software (Acrobat, Photoshop, etc.)?
As a librarian at the Met, it was a requirement to learn Finale due to all the transpositions and inserts needed. It was important that the four librarians use the same platform.
While first learning Finale in 2000 I took lessons from you — an incredibly generous and talented teacher!
Acrobat Pro is a useful tool in the type of music prep I do. Recently I was asked to create print-ready parts for a suite of chorus numbers from Lucia di Lammermoor. Working from scans of the complete opera I was able to re-order the necessary pages, alter harmonies, fix page turn problems and add measure numbers. This was all done with a combination of Acrobat Pro and Microsoft Paint.
Another complicated project using Acrobat Pro was a new version of Bernstein’s Candide.Starting with vectored files I used Acrobat Pro to add and remove selections from the show, renumber the parts and adjust notes and rhythms.
Q: What about situations where it’s still important to have manual skills?
Post-It Labeling and Cover-up tape is very useful for adding a patch or correction to a part, especially when there is no photocopier or scanner nearby. It also can be quite elegant to match the surrounding engraving. With practice one can develop beautiful hand music manuscript. Sometimes I will also hand-write a measure or two to fix a page turn which can take less time than re-engraving on a computer.
Q: Have you worked with any electronic display systems or apps? Do you foresee a future in which orchestras perform from digital screens? How would the librarian’s role be involved?
The current system of using paper music with pencil markings has been around for a very long time. Paper music is relatively convenient and can be easily transported without extra technology.
That being said, a persuasive case for large ensemble digital music stands could be made. Markings and corrections could be added swiftly and uniformly, and it would be much easier to control the exposure of the images.
Eventually I imagine this technology will take hold. Librarians will still be responsible for uploading accurate music — that will never change. But the library may be responsible for upkeep and troubleshooting of these devices which will certainly be a departure from our current paper and pencil model!
Lake Forest Symphony continues Beethoven, Haydn symphony cycles
Sheryl DeVore interviews maestro Vladimir Kulenovic about our continuing Beethoven & Haydn symphonic cycles.Read More
The Lake Forest Symphony Guild is hosting their annual
Mad Hatter Luncheon!
Lake Forest, Ill. – The Lake Forest Symphony is pleased to announce that Steve Robinson has joined the Board of Directors as of January 2018. After spending the early part of his career managing, producing and helping start several radio stations, Robinson became the general manager of WFMT and the WFMT Radio Network in August 2000 through 2016.
Founded in 1951, WFMT is widely considered to be one of the most admired classical music stations in the U.S. and under his leadership many new programs were added to the local schedule including Introductions, Impromptu, Arias and Songs, Cedille Presents, Rush Hour Concerts, Fiesta!, Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin, and a greatly increased on-going series of live broadcasts from the greater Chicago region and beyond. Robinson left WFMT in October 2016 to form his own company, New Media Productions, and is presently engaged in several exciting entrepreneurial podcasting ventures.
“Steve is a terrific addition to both our Board and its Executive Committee” notes Ray Frick, President of the Board of Directors. “Steve Robinson certainly needs no introduction to anyone who treasures WFMT, Chicago’s iconic classical music station and network. Steve adds striking depth to our Board in many ways including artistic insights, tremendous development and fundraising success, and proven leadership gravitas.”
“The symphony is on the threshold of such an exciting point in its evolution,” said Joanna Rolek, Vice-President of the Board and Executive Director of the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce. “The addition of Steve Robinson infuses our efforts with even more innovative ideas, commitment and reach. We enthusiastically welcome his voice at the table as we work to create more opportunities to bring the magic of live music-making to a wider audience and multiple generations.”
Robinson has received numerous local and national awards for his work in Chicago including the Champion Award from the Merit School of Music, two awards from the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago, the Dushkin Award from the Music Institute of Chicago, the ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award and numerous other awards and citations.