Nothing equals the direct experience of performing music. Spreading musical education and having more people studying and playing music is the aim of the Musical Beam project.
The OperEnsemble12 project aims to make opera possible even with lower budgets, in smaller spaces, and with reduced orchestra, choir and cast. Open12 Editions & Open7 Editions provide specifically rearranged scores and parts for a variety of ensembles, from 2 to 22 players.
OperEnsemble12 focuses on vocal repertoires with full orchestras, such as operas, oratorios, masses, making these repertoires effective when performed by small or medium-sized companies. How? By creating an effective reduction of the score, from a large orchestra with 80 players, to a reduced orchestra of 12 instruments and a small ensemble of 7 players, in order to achieve the best orchestral sound possible with a reduced amount of players. Our Standard 12 orchestra is made of 4 orchestral sections, with 5 strings, 4 woodwinds, 2 brass and 1 percussionist. Our Standard 7 ensemble is made of 4 strings, 3 woodwinds and a piano part for the conductor. The Vocal parts and the Choral parts are also examined and merged, if possible, to make the performance possible with a Reduced Cast (the Minimal Cast), or even without a full Choir.
That’s why we created the Open12 Editions and the Open7 Editions. Our scores are more than reductions: they show how to perform an opera with a Minimal Cast, with or without the choir, with extra parts (Harp or Continuo) or with fewer instruments.
Each of our books includes an Open12 Code, which entitles our customers to a list of free services, such as an instrument switch (an A clarinet part instead of the B flat standard one, or a different set of Brass), free online assistance & low-cost Additional Parts.