21st century music engraving conference at the Mozarteum


The Mozarteum University in Salzburg will be hosting a new conference which will likely be of great interest to Scoring Notes readers. The conference title is “Notensatz im 21. Jahrhundert Entwicklungen und Perspektiven“, or “Music Engraving in the 21st Century: Developments and Perspectives“, and it has an active a three-day agenda beginning January 17, 2020.

According to the conference web site: “Computers have become a tool used for many purposes; especially for music engraving, they are now indispensable. The old craft of music engravers has become extinct, and we now rely on programs to apply the knowledge and aesthetics accumulated over centuries. This brings opportunities and challenges that have to be considered as we head towards the future of musical applications in the digital age.”

Two days of talks will highlight these aspects, including a keynote address from Faber senior editor for new music and Behind Bars author Elaine Gould entitled: “Do we still need high-quality music engraving?” (I hope the answer is a resounding yes!) There will also be an “unconference” day as “an opportunity to meet between various groups of interest. Improvised gatherings are equally possible as structured mini-conferences.”

Workshops include 90 minutes each with Steinberg’s Daniel Spreadbury presenting Dorico, and Elbsound Studio’s Jan Angermüller presenting his new Perfect Layout plug-in for Finale (Windows-only at the moment). Steinberg is also sponsoring the conference with software licenses for the university’s MediaLab.

Other sessions are planned on topics such as MusicXML, MEI, LilyPond, and more. A full agenda is at the conference web site.

There are no entrance fees to the conference. However, the organizers for an informal application via e-mail to notensatz-konferenz@moz.ac.at.

Will you be attending? Let us know

The Mozarteum conference directly coincides with the 2020 NAMM Show, from which we’ve already got coverage planned. Do you plan to be in Salzburg for the Mozarteum conference? Would you be interested in providing coverage for Scoring Notes? If so, we’re interested in hearing from you and sharing your experience with the wider music notation community. Please contact us.

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