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New International Manual - Braille

CD-ROM version | Print version | Braille version

The Subcommittee on Braille Music Notation, World Blind Union has passed the majority of decisions for the new international music code. This is the ultimate reference in braille music notation. Published by Braille Press Zurich, Switzerland, 1997. Available from Opus Technologies in Grade 2 Braille, 3 Volumes.


[Braille icon] Written by the Braille Music Subcommittee of the World Blind Union and compiled by Bettye Krolick, this book summarizes the resolutions and decisions of WBU's work for the last 12 years. Sixteen countries created the unified braille music code. Preview the Manual's contents.


New International Manual of Braille Music Notation highlights:

  • explains the internationally-agreed standards
  • includes braille music examples
  • includes tables and an index of braille music symbols
  • national symbols listed by country
  • multimedia CD-ROM and print versions also available

Cologne: in 1888, the first braille music conference was held.
Paris: in 1929 and 1954, delegates voted on updates.
Saanen: in 1992, fifteen delegates reached consensus.
A new international standard in braille music notation is now established!

Saanen Conference (Switzerland, 1992). Delegates from Australia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Canada, the United States, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom voted on standardization in the following areas: clef signs, figured bass, guitar music, chord symbols, modern music, and many other signs.

 
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