About Us

The aim of the openArbanProject is the creation of sheet music in a format that musicians, teachers and students can use for playing, creating their own editions and sharing with others. A huge amount of the music that we use day to day for practise and teaching is public domain music that has been reproduced for profit by large publishing companies. People make a lot of money from making small edits such as adding dynamics and articulations to music, and then adding copyright to someone else’s work. Often these edits aren’t even historically accurate – something that students don’t learn because they are not being actively encouraged to research and interpret the music themselves.

Unfortunately there is a culture online to pirate music publications and generally the only reason for doing so is that public domain copies are not easily available in a format that is clear to read. The openArbanProject aims to make a dent in this culture by creating and sharing music in both pdf and lilypond formats so that musicians are empowered to create, learn and share.

Protecting Your Freedoms

Music created for the openArbanProject is all licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 4.0 International license. This means that provided you give credit where due and keep this license for your work you are allowed to take it and use it for anything you wish without risk of prosecution. For more information about these conditions please visit the creative commons website.

Why Lilypond?

There are a number of reasons for choosing Lilypond as the format for creating our music scores. Initially it was chosen as the easiest medium for creating consistent and elegant scores, but here are some more reasons:

  • Consistency of appearance and layout is very simple through the distribution of templates and good coding practice.
  • Anyone with a computer can use Lilypond without cost.
  • No vendor lock-in: no risk of a company restricting the use of their software or the way that it works. This guarantees the longevity of our project.
  • It takes a little time to learn to use: This is seen as good because it means that only those who are serious about contributing to the openArbanProject will do so.
  • Using this software is a multi-discipline skill that will make you better both at computing and understanding music.

Get Involved

If you are interested in contributing to the openArbanProject then please use the link in the menu to learn more.

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