Congratulations to the National Library on the recently released “Forte” app! The app gives immediate access to the Library’s digitised collection of music manuscripts.
The design is user-friendly - dates are displayed on the left-hand side in clickable decade ranges (1800-1970), and a title index (A-Z) is clickable on the right. A ‘Composers’ tab, placed in an obvious spot, lists composers alphabetically by family name. Each item shows as a thumbnail icon with text of title below. Selecting an item to view is very easy, with page turning requiring a simple swipe, sliding across.
The manuscripts are very clearly readable, and show all the expected idiosyncracies of old material (tears, stains, etc.) – all of which makes using this app a very rewarding and pleasurable experience!
Take a look at the video and download the app for your iPad from the appstore.
Elder Music Librarian,
Elder Music Library,
The University of Adelaide. 5005
Phone: + 61 8 8313 3687