Hard to believe in just a few months, but today we finally achieved 250 songs reviewed and complete! There are another 7 songs ready and awaiting review and 9 songs assigned to transcribers, so the 300 mark no longer seems impossible...
Thank you all (transcribers and reviewers) for making this all happen - high quality transcriptions, and plenty of them!
I thought you might like a chance to see the faces of the project managers, uploaders and reviewers at the Lieder Corpus launch event. Here's a link to the team photo:
Until the launch and Lieder Recital in Cambridge on 18 June, many of us had never met (we had only corresponded by email). So this was a great chance to get together and to perform some live music - which is what our transcription effort is all about!
And do please look at "Cut Outs" which is a brand new music theory exercise generator - and the first software application to use our newly-transcribed Lieder Corpus!
Thank you all for your transcription work over the past months, and I look forward to working again on a new OpenScore transcription project in the near future. Details to follow quite soon...
With the launch date now imminent, we need to complete as many song cycles as possible before 18 June.
So it will help us a lot if transcribers can concentrate on the song cycles with just a few gaps. Then we can be proud to have delivered a good number of completed song cycles!
A few examples: Fanny Hensel (6 Lieder Op.1 and Op.9), Franz Schubert (4 Gesänge aus 'Wilhelm Meister', D.877 ), Robert Schumann (Frauenliebe und Leben, Op.42 ). [Update: all now completed]
And of course there is Louise Reichardt, but I expect that ashmoggs will fill those few gaps - having transcribed most of the other song cycles by Reichardt. [Update: all now completed]
Thank you all for your help!
Well done, all transcribers! We now have 20 song cycles completed, which is wonderful.
I am hopeful that we can plug the gaps in a few more sets before the public launch: for example, Brahms - 4 Gesänge, Op.46 [update: now completed] or Robert Franz - 6 Gesänge, Op.14. Or even more ambitious: Robert Schumann - Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42 [update: now completed].
Appeal for transcribers!
We now have four of the six songs of Franz's Op.14 either completed or under review. So who will step up to transcribe No.4 "Volkslied" and No.6 "Frage nicht"?
And if you want a musical treat, hop onto YouTube and listen to Russell Malcolm singing one of Robert Franz's songs (accompanied by himself):
You may have noticed that women composers are under-represented on the Lieder Corpus - so far...
I thought it would be good to complete a song cycle by Josephine Lang, so there are now voice-only templates available for Op.25. The voice part and all the lyrics have been input already, so it's just the piano part and dynamics that you would need to transcribe.
Here's a link to the set for Op.25 (now includes the last template - for "Die Wolken"):
UPDATE: Op.25 song cycle now completed - thank you all for your help!
To all our transcribers - a big "thank you" for your efforts. The Lieder Corpus is gradually becoming a substantial contribution of great academic and cultural value.
We can all be very proud to be contributors in this noble initiative!
Well done to our transcriber ashmoggs, who has single-handedly completed the transcription of 24 Louise Reichardt songs in these two sets:
Zwölf Gesänge : https://musescore.com/openscore-lieder-corpus/sets/5001873
Zwölf Gesänge, Op.3 : https://musescore.com/openscore-lieder-corpus/sets/5001966
And a third cycle has just been completed by transcribers Eloge and ashmoggs:
Sechs Lieder von Novalis, Op.4: https://musescore.com/openscore-lieder-corpus/sets/reichardt-louise---sechs-lieder-von-novalis-op4---complete
A message to our transcribers:
Well done, the team has now completed 150 Lieder! With your help, we can meet the target of 200 songs to be completed before the launch date (19th June).
Un message à nos transcripteurs:
Bravo, l'équipe a maintenant complété 150 chansons! Avec votre aide, nous pouvons atteindre l'objectif de 200 chansons à compléter avant la date de lancement (le 19 juin).
Eine Nachricht an unsere Transkribenten:
Gut gemacht, das Team hat jetzt 150 Lieder fertig! Mit Ihrer Hilfe können wir das Ziel von 200 fertiggestellten Liedern vor dem Starttermin (19. Juni) erreichen.
Thank you again, this time to Jojo-Schmitz, pental and fredipi who have transcribed all the scores for Dichterliebe!
Well, thank you team!
Today the last piece of the jigsaw was completed, and this famous song cycle is now transcribed in full. Our thanks to all the transcribers who worked on "Die schöne Müllerin": fredipi, pental, claire and wglas.
Who was it who wants to transcribe "Die alten, bösen Lieder" by Robert Schumann? The comment just says "I'd like to do it" - but the poster's name is Anonymous, so I can't allocate it...
Congratulations, toutes nos félicitations, herzliche Glückwünsche!
Many thanks to all our transcribers who have worked so hard: on 2nd April we reached 100 completed works. It has been a learning curve for transcribers and reviewers alike... and we are grateful to users on the musescore.org Forums who have resolved a few tricky problems for us.
Thanks also to the team who are uploading the voice-only scores to the Corpus. This team is not so visible, but without them there wouldn't be a MuseScore file available for each of these transcriptions.
I've now transcribed movement No. 4 and searched for the next untranscribed movement, which is No. 8 "Morgengruß". However, this movement and movement No. 10 "Tränenregen" is not included in the google docs spreasheet.
Are there any specific reasons for not adding these movements to the Lieder Corpus project?
Dear friends at the Lieder Corpus Project,
I started the first transcription last week to help you work out bugs in the process of reviewing and putting the corpus together. Please review the score as you would anyone else, I will be more than willing to make it comply with your standards.
I was hoping to contribute a lot to the project, and once it is fully working I will continue to contribute what I can. On a personal note, I suffered a stroke last week after I started the transcription, so it is probably best that I am not permitted to work in the UK and had to decline the position of coordinator. It will take time to discover what my new normal is, but I hope to be back to normal sometime soon. I will continue to be an active member of the MuseScore community and look forward to a successful project.
I have now completed 2 transcriptions and am working on a 3rd. Each one presents new challenges, so that I end up learning so much more about MuseScore. So grateful to Dan for his patience with someone who is more used to music for strings.
I think OpenScore is an amazing idea, which will make life much easier for many musicians, and will open up possibilities for performing works which at the moment are inaccessible.
Here are Mark's notes for transcribers, in the form of a public web page that we will keep up-to-date: