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BabelScores is a digital library of musical scores entirely devoted to contemporary music . The company was established in 2009 and provides a platform for the circulation and promotion of music written in the last 40 years. It proposes a constantly growing catalogue with composers from all over the world.
During the year 2009, a group of students in Musical composition at the Conservatoire de Paris, came up with the idea of creating a digital music library for the most recent contemporary music. The creation of BabelScores and its digital platform is based on the wish of promoting the work of living composers. With a global approach, the main objective of the platform is to provide a circulation tool for musicians, universities, conservatories, ensembles, orchestras, musicologists and festivals throughout the world. The online platform was officially launched in 2010 by composers Pedro Garcia-Velasquez and Lucas Fagin.
Throughout the years 2009 and 2020, BabelScores has gathered a collection of over 320.000 pages of music.
BabelScores library collects selected music from more than 570 composers from all around the world. It offers completely digitized scores (issued by BabelScores itself or by partner publishing houses) displayed in a booklet-style reader, with a zoom and full-screen options, streamed audio recordings and notes by the composer.
The search engine of the library provides several search categories such as composer, genre (vocal music, instrumental music, etc.), date, instrument, geographical region or difficulty level. The library also features a bio-page for each composer.
BabelScores' interface is available in French, English and Spanish.
Access to Babelscores’ library is offered by individual or institutional subscription.
BabelScores is licensed to several academic institutions such as Conservatoire Superieur National de Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Columbia University, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Juilliard School, IRCAM Centre Pompidou, Stanford University, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, The University of Edinburgh, Guildhall School, Musikhochschule Lübeck, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, The University of Melbourne, University of Auckland, Yale University.
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