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Q: Who are you and what do you do?

A: New Music Classics, established on the Web in the year 2000, publishes new classical music in a wide variety of styles for piano, harpsichord, synthesizer, and other keyboard instruments; chamber ensemble; symphony orchestra; voice; and chorus.

At the present time, our catalogs are devoted entirely to the music of American composer Joseph Dillon Ford. Educated at Harvard, where he was a Variell Scholar, Dillon Ford was long active in higher education as a teacher of music and the humanities, and has distinguished himself as a pioneering exponent of the emerging historicist school of composition. His astonishingly diverse body of work draws directly upon the great musical traditions of the past towards the realization of a new musical art in which history resonates with a powerful living presence. Beauty, comprehensibility, fine craftsmanship, and the highest possible aesthetic quality are the cornerstones of a stylistic pluralism that boldly affirms the unity and inseparability of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Through its online educational initiatives, publications, and research activities, New Music Classics is a distinct and important vehicle for promoting the new historicism in music and the humanities on behalf of an ever-expanding international coalition of creative minds, students of the applied and performing arts, and the general public.


Q: What about the quality of your editions?

A: New Music Classics and the composers whose works appear in our catalogs insist on superior printing and binding standards for all of the scores we publish. Nothing less will do.

All scores are typeset to the highest professional standards with Finale® music publishing software and output at a minimum resolution of 1200 dots per inch. All musical elements are laser-sharp and precise, without the jagged or fuzzy edges evident at lower print resolutions. Each cover is tastefully designed, often with distinctive graphics, as the example below illustrates:

Image of Typical Score Cover

It is important to emphasize that the blurred or grainy graphic quality of excerpts from our scores appearing on this web site as JPG files is decidedly inferior to that of the actual printed music you will receive. We use low-resolution JPG files because they are small enough to allow for easy downloading and viewing with most web browsers.

Each volume of music you order is printed on heavy acid-free paper to ensure longevity, then comb-bound in a protective clear vinyl cover to facilitate use by performers.

All of our scores come with a biography of the composer and program notes, thus enhancing you enjoyment and understanding of the music and its background.

New Music Classics editions are exclusively available through this web site, and all are personally autographed by the composer. Some are also embossed with the composer's personal seals as a further index of authenticity and distinction.


Q: What is the purpose of your online catalogs?

A: Our catalogs contain complete information about all of the music we publish. They also provide links to excerpts from our published scores, complete MIDI files for each work, and educational visuals and program notes. Each item in every catalog is assigned a unique letter-number (for example, #A-1) to make identification and placing orders extremely easy. All catalog items also include brief descriptions about musical form, style, or content.

Information shown in square brackets under each item indicates meter; key/mode (with lowercase letters representing minor keys and uppercase letters representing major keys); and level of difficulty (as explained below).

Q: How can I tell how easy or difficult a piece is to perform?

A: We use a simple, easy-to-understand letter code. "E" movements are technically easy. "M" movements are of moderate difficulty. "D" movements pose difficulties requiring advanced technique and mature musicianship. Those movements whose technical requirements are somewhat greater than the basic levels represented by these three categories are indicated by a plus sign: thus, "E+" is somewhere between "E" and "M", "M+" is somewhere between "M" and "D", and "D+" is somewhat more difficult than "D."

No such technical rating system is applicable to every performer. What may seem easy to one player may be difficult for another. Generally, the easiest pieces require at least a year or more of formal instruction by a qualified teacher, while the most difficult pieces demand mature technical and interpretive skills that may take many years of study and practice to acquire.

The level of difficulty shown, however, is not intended as a rating of musical quality. Whatever its technical requirements, each piece is a unique creation representing the composer's finest possible invention and craftsmanship.

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Last updated April 29, 2007
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