Anyone know where to download midi files of piano accompaniment? I found an old thread here but looks like the site is long gone. Thanks
The closest thing I know is Musescore.
This page has a bunch: https://www.classicalmidi.co.uk/page7.htm It is hard to use. Click on the composer buttons on the top to search by composer.
The people who run Captcha should figure out how to convert music scores to digital content. Imagine IMSLP: Instead of the annoying 15-second delay to get your music if you haven't paid your dues, you have to translate two bars of some orchestral part. An app would pop up with a keyboard and you'd "play" the music shown on a graphic snippet of a score.
http://www.kunstderfuge.com/ have some useful stuff.
I don't use Finale but a friend does and she tells me that you can import a printed piece of music using smart score. From there you should be able, using Finale, to save it as a Midi file. Perhaps Susan could give that a try and let us all know.
George, that has come up before in many threads in the past, and the general perception is that the process you describe still leaves a large editing job.
Well, you can get SmartScore for an additional $200 if you are a Finale user (normally $400!!!). I wasn't willing to invest that given what I have heard about it's effectiveness. I've been using Finale since I was in high school (long before it became a $600 piece of software) and I am pretty fast with notation. What takes forever is I usually add a lot of interpretative stuff to the Midi files--I write in tons of extra hairpins and dynamics, along with tempo changes.
None of the music-recognition software works 100%. They all work best on neatly, cleanly printed originals, which basically means recently printed editions. Which are copyrighted. On older music which might have some extraneous ink spots or other markings which obviously to humans aren't part of the music the software will often add very curious musical notation items in an attempt to interpret everything it sees.
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