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MusicXML 3.0 Beta 2

Last week Recordare released a new Beta 2 version of the MusicXML 3.0 format. Then today, Recordare released a new version of the MusicXML 3.0 sound taxonomy. There are now 861 standard sound names available, 40% more than in Beta 1. Continue reading

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MusicXML 3.0 Beta 1

MusicXML 3.0 has now entered its beta test! The major new features in Beta 1 include a standard taxonomy of over 600 instrument sounds, better support for Chinese, Turkish, and educational music; catching up with changes in music notation software and practice; and suggestions from MusicXML 2.0 users. Continue reading

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Chorus Stage Time: Turandot vs. Der Freischütz

Turnadot is indeed twice as big as a standard chorus opera part. No wonder we’re so tired but happy afterwards: “Nessun dorma” indeed! Continue reading

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Coming Up: Turandot

It’s less than 24 hours until Turandot opens at West Bay Opera. Turandot is Puccini’s last and grandest opera. To get the chance to perform it as part of a volunteer chorus may well be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Continue reading

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Starting MusicXML 3.0

At Recordare, we are planning to start working on MusicXML 3.0 soon. We have been collecting ideas for a new version of the format since MusicXML 2.0 was released three years ago. Improved playback and expanded repertoire are among the possible new features under consideration. Continue reading

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Coming Up: El Niño

When it comes to Christmas oratorios, my favorite is John Adams’ masterpiece El Niño. I am incredibly thrilled to be singing with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus in our performances of El Niño on December 2, 3, and 4, conducted by John Adams himself.
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Dolet 5.5 for Sibelius Released

Recordare has released a maintenance update for the Dolet 5 for Sibelius plug-in. Version 5.5 improves the export of segnos, codas, and trills, along with other fixes. Continue reading

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May La Forza Be With You

This was a fun and unusual evening! The Giants won the National League pennant with about 3 minutes to spare before the start of our offstage pilgrims’ chorus scene in Verdi’s La forza del destino at West Bay Opera.
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