My name is , and I contributed the Figaro and other MOZART scores on this site. I hope to contribute further scores in the future.
I was born in Germany on 1-Aug-1948, I am married, and we have two adult children. My professional background is originally in the technical side of Market Research and computer programming. We emigrated to Australia in 1982 and now live in Brisbane, Queensland. I work there at Waterfront Place for Tactical Global Management Ltd as IT Manager.
My musical interests are mainly theoretical; I play piano, trumpet and clarinet a little, my main instrument is the baroque recorder, which I once played sufficiently well.
My first contact with computers and music was through the remarkable Amiga 1000; in my opinion, certain aspects of that hardware/software combination have never been achieved by the Wintel cartel: multitasking, speech synthesis, and sound envelope generation with 256 kb of memory were way beyond today's bloated configurations.
I own four music notation programs (Music Works by Middle Earth Software - now abandoned), Capella by bhv (also abandoned)/ whc, Finale 2005 by Coda Music,and MOZART by David Webber), and I have experimented with numerous other programs. While MOZART has certain shortcomings (see my contribution in the discussion forum on Yahoo), I consider it superior for three reasons: foremost its elegant and economical use of the computer keyboard to enter a score; for its ability to observe repeat signs and dynamics when playing a score through MIDI; and delivering all this at a very reasonable price.
My computer equipment is a Pentium 4 2.66 GHz, a 80MB hard disk, running NT5.1 (aka Windows XP), 17" flat panel monitor, Lexmark E232 printer, Miracle piano keyboard (no longer used); my command interpreter is 4NT, my favourite word processor is WordPerfect, and my text editor is TextPad, which is the most frequently used program (after RegEdit) I use. I also used to dabble in non-linear video editing, using a Pinnacle Studio DC10plus.
I transcribe music because it is the only way for me of coming close to performing these pieces. It gives me enormous pleasure to see, note by note, how a work is constructed, and how I can apply a program's tools to make it sound as I want to hear it: to interpret it.
In line with David Webber's guidelines for submission of MOZART scores, each piece presented here is accompanied by a small text file, giving some background; sometimes it's a rather banal story of my connection to the piece, sometimes it's a decent analysis, sometimes it includes an attempted translation into English of a German song. The scores are also published as PDF files, produced with PDFCreator; they can be viewed/printed by various PDF Readers; my current favourite is Foxit, but there's of course also Adobe Acrobat Reader. To conserve space, these files have been produced at 300dpi; users of the MOZART program -registered or not- can easily produce scores at a better resolution.
In 2002, David Webber published a free MOZART Viewer, so anyone can see, hear and print the MOZART scores directly. Those who want to experiment with the full MOZART program can also download a free evaluation version. Because of these two options, I might decide to drop the publication of PDF files altogether.
I am truly grateful to David Webber for writing MOZART and his very active participation in this mailing list. I somehow feel a much closer connection than a mere customer/supplier relation. This must be based on the common strong interest in mankind's greatest achievement: music.
Grafton, November 1999; Brisbane, January 2004
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