I always take a cautious approach to free downloads or other “freebies” courtesy of the Internet. After all, nothing comes free; if it does, then there must be a catch.
And yet, the Internet has opened up many legitimate avenues, including downloading content where the copyright has ceased. In such instances, the content comes under the Creative Commons License and anyone can download it.
For the classical musician, the opportunities can seem staggering. Maybe frightening. A touch of guilt over getting something for nothing?
I’ve started rebuilding my collection of piano scores – digitally, this time. The Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies. Late Beethoven piano sonatas. Chopin Scherzos.
It feels exciting but scary. So many choices. So little time to practise everything. And free, of course, but costly in other ways. The Internet offers much, but it also causes a great deal of stress and a lack of rest.
The pros and cons.
Personally, I would prefer to pursue the countless opportunities available through the Internet. Stress matters, obviously, but stress would exist regardless of the Internet. In the meantime, I will continue practising the piano – and downloading major piano repertoire.
Till next time.