R. J. Sprafka Music Pages
London, Madison County, Ohio, USA




My selected music files are located in the following places:

Choral rehearsal files

Christmas music

Hymns & Spirituals

Madrigals, Folk, & the Like

First time visitors should read the remainder of this page.
Others who have already downloaded the requisite software may simply click on the above URL to proceed directly to the music files.


Introduction and motivation

I, Robert J. Sprafka, (click on the URL and meet me) believe in trying to use the computer for music drill instead of taking valuable rehearsal time "going over the notes and words and rhythms ad infinitum ad nauseum". Besides me, other folks whose part is not being reviewed get bored at such rehearsals.

One solution is to have everyone learn all the parts and thus participate all the time in rehearsal.

Another solution is to have the singers learn the music on their home computer systems.

To further the possibility of this home use of the computer for drill I have created this set of web pages with music scores (both printable and interactive) and sounds.

In general, choir voices other than the part you want to study are arranged "to the left" of the "conductor".
Accompaniment (if any) is "centered" on the stage.
The emphasized part for study is on the far right, as a VERY LOUD oboe or english horn or bassoon.

If you download the sound files and play them with a stereo player with balance control,
you can "eliminate" the other voices by turning the balance all the way to the right.
You can "get brave" to see if you can sing without notes pounding in your ear by turning balance to the left.

PDF files: The printable scores are available as "Portable Document File" format (so-called "PDF" files),
and require the use of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. A fairly recent version is necessary.
For example, version 2 and 3 stopped handling my PDF's a LONG time ago.
Version 4 worked in 2003. If you have trouble with the PDF's, simply get a new version.

Go to this link to get the FREE Acrobat Reader from the Adobe Site
if you have an early version of the reader
or if you somehow have not yet acquired the reader.

MID files: The tunes can be heard by utilizing the MID files.
These are MIDI type 1 (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) files
suitable for playing with virtually any default player that came with your sound card or with Windows.
{I cannot speak knowledgeably about MacIntosh stuff, or UNIX or LINUX.
As a user I am pretty much a WINTEL person.}
Using these is similar to listening to rehearsal tapes,
except that rewinds are easier, and there is only one song per file.
(I use the MIDIGATE player available from Classical MIDI Archives -- it is NOT free, however.)

NWC files are Noteworthy Composer files which can be viewed with the FREE Noteworthy Viewer
downloadable from the Noteworthy Software, Inc. site. This site uses both NWC version 1 and 2 files.
Once downloaded and installed, this program allows you to "see the notes and words" as they are played.
(Better than having your own pianist!)

Once you have the desired viewing programs (Acrobat Reader, Noteworthy Player, a midi player) available
and are familiar with their use,
you should proceed to the URL at the top of this page to get to the music files available.



Preliminaries


Please note that some of the scores will look like I intended them IF AND ONLY IF you download and install two fonts:
Crescendo and FormalScript. This is particularly true of the Noteworthy Composer versions,
although it IS possible that some of the PDF files do not have the requisite fonts embedded.

( To save them, right click on the font name above, and choose "save target as" )
( To install them, use Windows Explorer to migrate to the C:\WINDOWS\FONTS folder.
Choose "File -- Install New Font" and find the file(s) you have just downloaded.)
(or call some one to walk you through it)


page coding by AAI Scientific March, 2006