How do you organize your repertoire / sheet music archive?
how do you organize your repertoire and sheet music archive?
I have big stack of single paper sheets ( some of you might share the same experience;-)...I would like to organize it in etudes, repertoire (that I can really perform well) and other collected stuff... and have the sheets more protected and well-ordered, but also easily prepared for playing...
Especially, which sort of storage system do you use?
Still did not find any good stuff (do not like to punch holes in the sheets or clip them...what about transparent folders?). How to you arrange it? chronologically by date of performance/practice or by composer?
And a final general question about repertoire..
How many (well-performed) pieces do you think an amateur should have as a repertoire?
How often would you recommend to play / repeat old repertoire? (as e.g. technique improves)
Thanks a lot!
I think binders with labels would probably be the best for loose sheets of paper because it's the most secure. It's okay to repeat old repertoire if need be for performance situations.
Here are elements of the problem:
I divide my music shelving into sections: exercises/etudes, solo music (with or without piano), chamber music for groups of three or more, orchestra music, shows, and "collections" (wedding albums, Disney tunes, Christmas music, and whatnot). Each section is alphabetized by composer, and then alphabetized by work title.
Right now, being that most of my music is from free websites and printed on letter sized paper, I have it organized in clear pockets in plastic three prong folders. I do have to agree with Andrew though, the folder probably takes up more space than the actual paper does. it works fine for my limited repertoire.
I have yet to find a good solution. My current solution is plastic tubs stacked 3 high on the fireplace mantel. Seems like there are 5 stacks but maybe only 4. I have yet to find the perfect size tub but I can at least just thumb through these. Violin and viola are in separate tubs. There are separate tubs for pieces, etudes/exercises, duet/ensemble, string quartet, orchestra, holiday, special occasion. They are alphabetized by the tub.
Why not simply use a filing cabinet or filing box with proper file folders and dividers?
If you don't perform solo, you should learn repertoire at a pace that you enjoy. If you're still taking lessons, your teacher will probably choose repertoire for pedagogical purposes. Different teachers teach different amounts of repertoire, with differing philosophies. It's worth discussing it with your teacher if you've got one, and aren't sure if you're happy with how much music you're learning.
Every item is entered into a Google sheet (backed up to Excel) and there is info for each item ... composer, genre, etc. along with a sequential number. So if I want Mozart Duos, easy to look up on pc, tablet, or phone, and get the number.
The thing about amateurs is that you can do exactly what you want in terms of repertoire, right? I'm not an expert though.
I think, as an amateur, that is depends on your circumstances.
I really think it comes down to whether maintaining a library is part of your musical hobby, or whether your sheet music is a more-or-less disposable means to an end. Either one is fine. I'm hardly a collector, but I love my old study books that have the dates and the markings and marginalia, even if I don't use them any more.