While I would agree that studying scores is essential as well as a basic understanding of music theory, I think we need to see more Score examples in Midi (or Sibelius/Finale) format used with specific music libraries.
For example, we have \" Maarten Spruijt\" demos for Ilio correct?
Well, what about the actual midi files, the sequencer used, the various layering of patches and so forth used/technique to create realistic sounding scores?
Are the legato strings on one track and staccato on another or does he use program changes. What sampler was used, Giga, Kontakt, etc.
This in my opinion will be very helpful. Did he even use a sequencer or did he use Sibelius or Finale, or perhaps both a music notation program and sequencer.
Then of course, you get into; well, if he used Cubase SX, were the trills, crescendo manually programmed, OR; if he had used Sibelius, did he use the Trills symbol with a standard string set, or did he use trill samples and thus avoiding the trills symbol (which Sibelius/Finale will play). Then, lastly, if this score was to be performed, it would need the actual notation, as written.
Having a midi file (or Sibelius/Finale) examples within a music library (Opus, Performance , EWQL, etc, ) as a demo, would be, in my opinion, more helpful than most other ways as this would give you the actual score to view, as well as a chance to match up a said given music sample set to an actual working score.
I would be more than happy to even pay someone (such as Maarten) to view an actual midi/Sibelius file. This is something developers really need to think about in addition to shipping Orchestral Libraries.
Just a few thoughts….and would love to hear some responses to these ideas…