On December 21st, two unlikely music companies announced a partnership that blends the old and the new into what is now the iPad app market’s most substantive music learning tool. Tonara Ltd., an Israeli music software company, has teamed up with Alfred Music, a veteran music publishing company (once based in New York, now based in L.A.), in order to supply its successful Wolfie Piano App with what Tonara's press release called the "world's largest educational digital sheet music library."
The encroaching "paperless society", while stubborn and elusive, has stepped forward to deliver a devastating blow. Frank Music, the last devoted sheet music retail store in New York City, has closed down. It had a 78-year run. As The Guardian's virtual obituary for the shop reveals, it met with a sorrowful end. Pitifully recalling the days in which a single customer failed to enter the shop, the aged booksellers made no pretenses about their final day in business: there was no silver lining.
Broadway composers are demanding illegal-download websites stop offering unauthorized downloads of copyrighted sheet music.