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Goetz Oestlind wrote all of his piano compositions as sheet music. Playing the piano and composing for piano are two different things. The first step in composing is a good idea. This can be the idea of a single tone sequence, the writing of notes with pencil on paper, or the singing of a melody to record it later. The great composers of the past centuries brought their compositions with pencil to sheet music, today’s composers work with keyboard and notation software programs. Beethoven is said to have always edited the sheet music, painted it, etched it, sealed it with sealing wax and worked with a red pencil. Mozart’s original sheet music is sometimes clear, sometimes quickly notated.



Unfortunately, not all sheet music of the past is preserved. The materials and colors used at the time are subject to chemical processes and disintegrate. For example, Johann Sebastian Bach used an ink that later dissolved the paper. To decipher the sheet music of the old masters is a challenge for every graphologist, such as the distinction between a staccato point and an ink spot or between an accent wedge and a dynamic fork. Over the centuries, the sheet music has developed further, from sheet music handwritten on paper over to lithography and computer notation.



Goetz Oestlind notates his sheet music first with pencil in a noble, leather-bound music book. Comparing his manuscript with the manuscript of famous, late composers, a similarity to Carl Maria von Weber and Franz Schubert is striking. Goetz Oestlind works with harmony symbols and letters in the development of his sheet music. After the basic idea of the piece has been written on paper, the notes can be recorded into a notation program. Then there are tempo- graphic drawings, lecture notes, legato bows, dynamic forks, etc. Each professionally designed sheet music contains symbols that reflect the composer’s intention. The historical sheet music copies often hold only the sequence and structure of a piece of music, but not the reproduction. This is the responsibility of the performer, whether as a conductor with a score or as a pianist with sheet music.



Popular sheet music of our time are movie themes of “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain” / “The faboulous world of Amélie”, “The Beauty and the Beast” or pop music like “Hallelujah “(Leonard Cohen). In Western Europe the sheet music to “Rondo alla turca” by Mozart and “Fuer Elise” by Beethoven are still very popular.