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Music Braille on ECLAP


ECLAP provides support to search and download music scores in BMML Braille format.
These files can be read by downloading the free program Braille Music Reader (BMR).
User manual is accessible on this click.
 
BRAILLE MUSIC READER

  


ECLAP offers a large number of Braille music scores, available in the BMML format. For example:

Czernyana vol.5 n.4
Braille music score for piano, Braille manual: New International Manual of Braille Music Notation, Print version braille presentation: section by section, Published in IT, Notes: Carl Czerny (1791-1857) Tonality: C+ "Czernyana - Raccolta di studi selezionati tra le opere didattiche più importanti di Carlo Czerny, riveduti, diteggiati e distribuiti progressivamente in 10 fascicoli da Alessandro Longo. Fascicolo 5 - 24 studietti progressivi. Primo periodo del secondo corso" n.4 - Vivacissimo Print version publisher: Edizioni Curci, Milano, Febbraio 1991

The BMML is a descriptive language for Braille music scores. Files in BMML format can be read by the Braille Music Reader (BMR). BMR is a multisensorial, customised browser and notetaker for visually impaired musicians (professionals or amateurs). BMR lets you navigate a Braille music score as if it were an open book, and allows you to perform specific tasks, such as part extraction, zooming, hiding undesired signs, obtaining a new version using your preferred transcription modality (bar over bar, section after section, bar after bar). BMR reads files coming from "Resonare programme", a software for use of transcribers and proofreaders.
If you can not find the sheet music in Braille, you are interested, please contact the ARCHIBRAILLE Association, (which is also an Affiliated Partner of ECLAP) we develop personalized Brauille music transcripts in BMML format: info@braillemusic.eu
 
  1. To download Braille Music Reader and jaws scripts in a zip file click on the following link: Braille Music Reader (8,121 Kb)  .
  2. After download,  unzip the files in a temporary directory, then execute EasyBmmlReaderSetup.exe and follow setup instructions.
  3. To download Braille Music Reader read me click on the follow link: Braille Music Reader manual (128 Kb) or in PDF on ECLAP as welll.
 
For those who wish to have an editor that lets you not only read files BMML, but also to write music, compose music in Braille, do exercises of composition, edit BMML files, read via Braille display and speech synthesis, it is available Braille Music Editor 2 (BME2) which can be purchased by accessing this website: http://www.veia.it



The aim of ECLAP library is to offer a larger number of Braille music scores, available in the new format named BMML format. Through BMML format, the blind musician does not depend any longer from language, nor from transcription mode, nor from different ASCII-Braille correspondence tables.
Braille digital scores on this library have been drawn from Braille embossable files, using a programme called “Resonare”.

Resonare is mainly for transcribers or proofreaders, and it behaves much like a grammar analyser. In other terms, Resonare inputs a traditional Braille music file, no matter what programme has produced it, and gives each musical element its meaning and its context in the given score. Example: d = C quaver of the first voice in the first bar of the second staff.
RESONARE software is sold to libraries and centers for Braille transcription centers, by VEIA progetti SRL. Contact VEIA progetti SRL (info@veia.it) for a quote to have the program RESONARE customized toyour needs.

Copying a music score for Braille reading, using traditional techniques, based on use of normal editors, requires a deep knowledge of Braille music notation. On the other end, a Braille score is not as easy to follow as its print source. In other words, whilst a sighted musician even with little familiarity, can tell where notes are, or can tell where a chord is, or how many parts contains his score, a blind musician must master Braille music notation in order to grasp a rough idea about what his score is like.

This is a result of the fact that Braille music text transforms the score from a graphical to a linear layout. The purpose of Eclap is to offer a larger number of scores to benefit blind musicians in their musical education. This service is totally free of charge, not for profit and it does not host any commercial advertisement (including indirect advertising).

A lot of music scores are available for sighted people at very reduced prices, ten Euros for a piece, on average, but the situation is different for visually impaired individuals, since the number of available pieces is less than 1%, compared with the number of those for sighted. In addition, the costs for transcription and printing are extremely high, up to hundreds of Euros for a single book. Most of the texts available in this archive are already free of copyright, since the composers died over 99 years ago. For the pieces still covered by copyright, a necessary permission will be required from the owner of the right.

In order to offer an ever more extensive service and to supply users with more recent pieces, we invite all publishing houses and composers to consent to the distribution of their own scores in Braille format, through this portal, by sending an e-mail to the following address:  info@braillemusic.eu

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