I was watching Ricky Gervais in Derek. It is a marvelous performance and a heart-warming, funny, touching premise.

The soundtrack is Nuvole Bianche by Ludovico Einaudi. This piece is as intricate and lovely as the show. I found it, printed it and laid out it’s eight pages across my piano… but it wouldn’t fit. Five, maybe six pages across, and usually that will work for most music. But this piece is so continuous that a break cannot be taken for a page turn without damaging the meaning of the notes.

I write database applications and started a new project for Nuvole Bianche, resulting in Spartito.

Spartito allows me to add pages of music to a database, order those pages, add a timer to each page, and scroll those pages vertically. This scrolling lets me finish a page and see what’s coming next. No break, no hesitation, just play the piece as it was written and intended to be played.

The timer counts me in and each page starts to scroll up slowly as I reach the end of the page. Timing can be adjusted to your speed… to the way you want to play. You can scroll through the pages with a flick of a finger to concentrate on a section for practice. A timer and page counter tell you exactly where you are within the piece. Combined with an iPad Pro it’s wonderful.

Nuvole Bianche was a pleasure to learn and an inspiration for Spartito.


Platform: iOS

Cost: Paid

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