I thought clicking notes with a mouse was tedious.
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Great find valhalx! That was really fascinating!
And I kept joking about writing music with a rock and chisel...wait, there isn't a rock there!
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Up until the appearance of Finale for Macintosh circa 1988, this is how it was done. Almost all engraving was outsourced to Korea, and it required a couple of round trips across the Pacific to get it right.
One of the first personal computer notation programs was called "H B Engraver" because that was the name of the process of typesetting sheetmusic--engraving.
This video was dated 1997, but I couldn't discern the name of the publishing company. I assume it was in Germany, Austria or Switzerland. And I really wonder if they are still doing metal plate engraving at this late date.
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What an interesting clip!
Being completely ignorant of music print, I would have thought this would have been created from a form of removable type.
..but looking at how intricate the page is, I can see it would be much too complicated.
Quite sad... Centuries of skilled craftsmanship is now a lost art.
The publisher is G. Henle in Germany. They abandoned the old fashioned steel plate engraving in 2000 - since then they have done all engraving on computers.Originally Posted by Wheat Williams
Geeez... composing certainly seems like the easy fun job...
While centuries of skilled craftmanship may become a "lost art", I think it's for the better... unless anyone really wants to sit there and engrave like that... How insanely tedious that must be!
Thanks for the video, it was indeed fascinating!
wow! I didn't realize that this is how they used to do things. (never gave it a thought really...) My goodness! Although it looks tedious, I bet that it's enjoyable in it's own ways. I hope that at least a few craftsman keep the tradition alive.
At the Henle USA web site, you can order used engraving plates. Framed, it makes a unique work of art for your studio wall.
Documentation Material Music Engraving
special gifts fo music lovers ▪ Original music engraving plate – a decorative unicum, made of lead, antimony, zinc, 22 x 30 cm ▪ Set plate and postersHN 900$ 79.95.–
Issued: January 2005