At the same time, over here on Violinist.com we had Philippe Quint advocating for the urtext print score, turning to the Barenreiter or Henle editions, with their beautiful creamy pages that smell like ink, to study what's true and come up with your own solutions.
So which is it, are we hurtling toward a completely electronic future, sans printed music or printed word? Or are we returning to our roots?
In a New York Times article last summer about the phenomenon of "going digital," musicians sung the praises of the iPad-as-music-reader, noting that they can fit what once was piles of music into one sleek pad. Some of the most common digital music reader apps are forScore and Tonara.
Musicians also said they can find a lot of early editions and manuscripts that have been digitized. For example, Barenreiter and Henle have made many of their urtext scores available digitally and have their own readers: Here is the Bärenreiter Study Score Reader App and the Henle Library Score Reader app.
In other words, it's possible to go to the source, using digital technology. New technology allows the musician to mark up the score on the screen, as well.
Of course, I can certainly envision a scenario with both, just as I see a place for magazines and books as well as articles on the Internet. To me it makes sense to study the score from paper, but then to use some kind of electronic version of that in performance.
The question remains, are a lot of musicians adapting the new technology? In a poll several years ago, only 35 percent of our readers had tried the new technology. I'm wondering if that has changed over the past few years. So please answer the poll, and then share your experiences and thoughts about using digital music readers.
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