Saturday, December 12, 2009

Sheet music goldmine

Hey, people! I'm not kidding. This is a legit goldmine. If you're looking for free classical piano music, look no further than the IMSLP / Petrucci Music Library, a public domain sheet music library. It's essentially a music-oriented Wikipedia community. (Wikis - one of the greatest Internet developments ever.)
I printed out my favourite Joplin rags and I'm pleased as punch. Now I need a piano in the apartment. One of those electronic pianos that comes with headphones would be perfect. Just thought I'd throw that out there, in case Santa reads my blog.
Anyways, there is seriously a lot of music here, and not just for piano - lots of other instrumental music is also available, including complete orchestral scores. I'm no orchestra expert, so I don't know if this would actually fulfill anyone's needs, but it seems pretty awesome to me.
On another note, I remember hearing a Mozart piano piece at a recital years ago, and I have no idea what it's called. The classical music naming system doesn't help at all here since everything is named the same. I'm pretty sure it was a "Fantasy" or "Fantasia", and I think it was in a major key, but mostly I remember there being a lot of arpeggios in the left hand, but possibly also in the right. It was definitely allegro-paced. Also, there's a good chance it's in the RCM syllabus - if so, it would have been grade 10 or ARCT level. However, I didn't find it in the Petrucci Library based on these descriptors, so it's possible that the name is not at all what I thought.
If you know what piece I'm talking about, please do me a favour and leave a comment. Please, please, please. Thanks.