many years collecting and scanning piano rolls, I have assembled
a new CD of 4852 MIDI files from Reproducing Piano Rolls.
These files are specifically for use on modern reproducing
pianos such as the Yamaha Disklavier, the PianoDisc and PianoMation
systems as well as for use with any MIDI player.
music contained in these files represents the playing of some
of the best pianists of the early 20th Century. Included are such
great classical pianists as Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arthur Rubinstein,
Joseph Hofmann, Fanny Bloomfield Zeisler, Harold Bauer, Ignaz
Friedman, E. Robert Schmitz, Leopold Godowsky and many others.
Popular performers include, George Gershwin, Pauline Alpert, Constance
Mering, Robert Armbruster and many others. Genre include Serious
Classical, Light Classical, Opera, Light Opera and Operetta, Show
Tunes and Popular Music of the teens, 20s and 30s.
new CD includes a variety of formats for use with different file
players and pianos. Files may be copied to floppy or CD (with
the appropriate software) but the best way to play them is with
a computer connected to the piano. In addition to the files themselves,
a software player and several utilities are included to maximize
playback options. The files have been carefully checked for errors
both in the music and in the text annotations. Every effort has
been made to produce music files that duplicat the performances
of Antique Reproducing Pianos on modern instruments. Similar files
are available from a variety of sources but quality varies. Download
the sample set and judge for yourself.
complete set is available for $230 including shipping. This
is a limited time introductory price. Click here-> "To
Order". A set of samples which includes 30-second
excerpts of each file may be downloaded from the following
links. These are rather large files and may take some time
to unzip due to internet security settings on some computers,
but it is the best way to try before you buy. The set is in
a format that does not include soft pedal control as this
is compatible with the most players. The CD contains files
sets with and without soft pedal control.
Please note that some anti virus programs (usually running under XP) may prevent the downloading and de-compressing of zip files.Contact me if you are having problems getting these files. Usually you will have no problems with a Win 7 or Mac computer.You might also try the Stuffit expander if you are having problems http://www.stuffit.com/win-expander.html
set of files with short file names
Sample set of files with
long file names (may not work on some computers or players)
simplest way to sample files is to download the "VanBasco
Karaoke Player" (A link is provided in the UserManual). A
more robust playlist player is included on the CD or from the
Spencer's files download page, linked below. For Mac users, QuickTime
and QMIDI both work well with these files.
complete list of the files contained on this CD is available in
several formats. Right click to download the following or right
click to open.
file list: Excel Spreadsheet format
Complete file list: Tabbed Delimited text
Complete file list: PDF format
User Manual for files and utilities,
utilities may be found on the following page:
Spencer's file download page
program for converting MIDI files to CDs for use with modern reproducing
pianos is available from the following site: Mid2PianoCD