The True History of Valentine’s day, or Yes, I Love Research

History, Inspiration
Ready for Valentine's Day? Want to know the reason for all the love, displayed in overly tacky decor and so much red everywhere it looks like cherubs were sacrificed in all the major stores. But what does it mean to celebrate love on this day? The story goes that Valentine was a Christian priest who performed marriages for young people when it was deemed illegal by the Roman Emperor (usually Claudius, for obvious reasons). When he was found out, he was incarcerated and then grotesquely killed. His last words were written in a letter to one of his followers, signed “from your Valentine.” First off, let's get one thing clear for all of us non-Catholic people; this is the feast day of the Valentines. Feast days of saints often commemorate…
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Music Writing: Transferring from MuseScore to Sibelius 7

Arrangement, Music Writing, Transferring, Transpose, Trouble Shooting
I have been in the process of transferring all the music I have written over the past year from MuseScore (awesome free music software) to Sibelius 7.  The piano music transfers have been going fine.  Piano to piano translates pretty well.  The problem has occurred when I have tried to transfer the chamber and orchestral scores.  When I played them in Sibelius, many of the instruments were transposed to another key, even though the music looked exactly the same.  And a couple of instruments did not play at all. When I realized what had happened, I felt so foolish.  So, in an effort to keep anyone else from being foolish, here are the two major problems and how to fix them. First, open the file of your choice in MuseScore. …
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