|Direct from Composer to Performer !|
Here you may freely download the scores of Peter Billam's musical compositions and arrangements for piano, voice, recorder, flute, guitar, brass and various chamber ensembles. These pieces are written to be read, made to be played !
There are also some writings including the article After the War, a radio interview and a press release, a newspaper article, collections of favourite quotes and of reviews and contributions to mailing lists, a cv, a self-portrait, some improvisations, and contact details. Also some frequently asked questions about this site, and a list of errata.
This site has pioneered new approaches to funding composers and to music publishing; as far as is known, Peter Billam was the first composer to sell scores on-line. The compositions and arrangements are now free, in PDF format, in a choice of A4 and US-letter pagesize, under generous copyright terms.
Credits . . .
The music is typeset by muscript, a free-software Perl script which parses a text file and generates PostScript output. You are welcome to use muscript, which was written by Peter Billam, to typeset your own music.
Text is typeset using groff -ms, version control is by rcs, the scores are viewed with gv, the whole operation is co-ordinated by the Unix make utility, and ghostscript is used to translate PostScript into PDF, all running on Linux.
Links . . .
www.pjb.com.au is linked to www.guitarloot.co.uk - arrangements for guitar of renaissance and baroque music, HobartGuitarSociety.org, free-scores.com - free scores in PDF and hosting of composers, PlayPiano.com - piano lessons on video, Nicholas Lander's Recorder home page, Christine Lucerne's CompanionTracks CDs for recorder players, Margo Briessinck's Lieder site, and PlayPianoToday.com where you can learn to play by ear using the "Rhythmic Patterns" technique. Peter Billam is a represented composer at the Australian Music Centre (AMC), and is listed in the Directory of Composers on the Net maintained by the CPCC.