The Typewriter That Lets You Type Sheet Music

Nicholas C. Rossis

I think it was Franz Liszt who, as a young composer, walked into a music publisher’s and asked to show his music. He then produced a sheet of music with a plaintive Lied (song).

After studying it for a few moments, the publisher said, “young man, you have lots of talent but your music is too sad. Write me something happier and I promise to publish it.”

Liszt returned a couple of weeks later with another Lied, this one titled, “Walking to my grave with a smile on my face.”

drumroll | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book

Writing Music

I love this apocryphal anecdote because it reminds me that, just like language, music has an alphabet of its own. And it loves to be shared.

Have you ever wondered how people shared music before Spotify or MP3?

As My Modern Met explains, most composers like to handwrite their sheet music. However, over the years there have…

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  1. Music was shared by Troubadour harpists in the Celtic countries. All memorized and written while traveling the roads and forests of the countryside. It was their history, their battles, their blessed lives. Today I have a small Troubadour harp … an octave-and-a-half with no keys to sharp a note as is found on all other harps. Everything was in the key of C with basically one chord. It was surprising how versatile it could be. Need a different key? Tighten or loosen the strings or sing a part of the ballad A Capello. I can hear the rich tenor and baritone voices in the wind as I write. Alas, the soprano was not heralded as she is today. Lol

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