In a press release from late November 2012 the Brussels Philharmonic (Belgium) said that it is the first orchestra in the world to switch paper sheet music for tablet scores. Not quite true. The Bamberger Symphoniker (Bavaria-Germany) already performed from Fujitsu-Siemens computers in 2004.
However, a report in the International Arts Manager says that the Brussels Phil move is expected to save the ensemble “a great deal of time, effort and money”. The management thinks that it could save 25.000 € each year in paper costs alone.
Of course there may be a couple of advantages: the distribution of sheet music gets much easier for the librarian. He has just to put it online for download by the musician. Or he can put it directly on the tablets. Notes, remarks and bowings from the section leaders (esp. in string sections) have only to be done once. You can store the…
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