Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Frank Music Company has supplied classical sheet music to generations of instrumentalists, singers and composers.I remember digging through the stacks at Eugene Music back in the ’70s. It was a frustrating experience. Sure, they could always order it for you — if you knew exactly what you wanted and could wait three weeks to get it. It’s really much easier to shop online.
On Friday, the retail store will close its doors for good, succumbing to dwindling sales.
Frank Music has been struggling for years, as music became readily available online, said Heidi Rogers, the shop’s owner.
“We went from seeing 15 to 20 people per day to seeing two or three,” Ms. Rogers said on Monday. “I went from feeling like I was at the center of the world to feeling invisible.”
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Musicians have plenty of online opportunities to buy sheet music, whether from Amazon.com, publishers or specialty websites such as Sheet Music Plus.
The website IMSLP, a digital library of public-domain music, allows users to download scores for free. Some musicians with iPads have dispensed with pesky paper scores altogether.
For now, Ms. Rogers plans to pack up the rest of the store’s contents and then spend some time on her farm in the Catskills, where she has tenant farmers and 50 chickens.
“Everyone says, ‘Aren’t you going to have a party?’” she said. “I feel like having a funeral.”
The only problem with downloading a PDF score is that you still need to print it out, and most inkjet printers only handle 8½ × 11 paper. You really need 9 × 12.