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Grieg                                         Holst                                       Beethoven                             Ed Hughes

Building a repertoire:

Eventually we hope to have a system that can read music and render it swiftly in a wireless setting using the most powerful combinations of traditional and modern notation with digital technology to enable ensemble performance. For now, as we hand-build the code underpinning our system, we are in parallel building a repertoire for our initial user group (a primary school orchestra).

We are doing this by:

  • curating and arranging pieces for the system, including Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King, inspired by the BBC’s Ten Pieces
  • composing new pieces suited to our primary school orchestra user group that feature simple harmonies and rhythms but definite polyphony so that the benefits of the system can be observed
  • developing and refining approaches to displaying parts according to ability (e.g. ‘easy cello’, ‘flute’, and in due course graphic notation for non-readers)


Works currently adapted for the system:

Grieg, In the Hall of the Mountain King (public domain)

Holst, Mars from The Planets (public domain)

Beethoven, Symphony number 7 first movement (public domain)

Ed Hughes, Song for Francesca (copyright, used with permission)

Ed Hughes, Alice in Wonderland (copyright, used with permission)