Author Archives: Michael

Coming Up: Brahms and Schütz

Tonight begins our four-concert run of Brahms’ A German Requiem with the San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. The program opens with the Chorus singing one of Heinrich Schütz’s a cappella six-part motets, Ich bin ein rechter Weinstock, conducted by Ragnar Bohlin. Continue reading

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Moving to MakeMusic

Yesterday was a big day for me. MakeMusic and Recordare announced that MakeMusic will be purchasing selected assets from Recordare LLC, including the MusicXML format and Dolet plug-ins for Finale and Sibelius. I will be joining MakeMusic as Director of Digital Sheet Music. Continue reading

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Coming Up: Verdi Requiem

When you work on music notation software for a living and you sing in choruses, the two tend to intersect. The Verdi Requiem turns out to be one of music notation’s record holders. Continue reading

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Finale 2012 Released With MusicXML 3.0 Support

Last Friday, MakeMusic announced the release of Finale 2012. This is the first music notation editor with full support for the reading and writing MusicXML 3.0 files. Continue reading

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Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011

Although I knew it was coming sooner than later, it was still a real kick in the stomach to read that Steve Jobs died today. Continue reading

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Heart of a Soldier

I attended Sunday’s performance of the new Christopher Theofanidis opera Heart of a Soldier in its premiere run at San Francisco Opera, and found it to be a very moving and powerful piece. Continue reading

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A Chorister’s Preview of the SFS Centennial

The centennial season of the San Francisco Symphony has begun! What does that mean for the SFS Chorus? Continue reading

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MusicXML 3.0 and Dolet 6 Plug-ins Released

Yesterday was the big day! Recordare released version 3.0 of the MusicXML format and version 6.0 of our Dolet plug-ins for Finale and Sibelius. Together with Sibelius 7’s built-in MusicXML export, there are exciting times ahead. Continue reading

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