Last Wednesday (4/1) at, Molly Sheridan reported, “G. Schirmer, Inc./Associated Music Publishers, Inc. has launched SchirmerOnDemand, an online service that allows registered users to view, and in some case print, select perusal scores from the catalogs of nearly 50 composers. The focus of the service so far is mostly on operas and works for orchestra and wind ensemble by 20th- and 21st-century composers on the Schirmer roster, but the company says its entire catalog of 5,000 works by 300 composers is projected to be online within the next few years. The system is not an online store; if viewers see something they would like to purchase, they will still have to order it through traditional channels. However, Schirmer says it hopes the service will aid customers in making programming decisions by allowing immediate access to scores of interest.” Sheridan reported that registering via email was quick and easy, and users do not have to re-sign in to access multiple scores. “From Mark Adamo’s Alcott Music to Yehudi Wyner’s 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning Piano Concerto ‘Chiavi in Mano,’ use of the materials was fast and painless.”

Posted April 8, 2009