A lot of work has gone into the Zinfonia search engine, and all Zinfonia publishers can now take advantage of a brand new toolkit for your public websites and internal systems that will allow you to search for 10,000 composers and more than 141,000 works effortlessly.
The new search is based on a simple REST-based protocol using the industry standard JSON for the request and response data, making it ideal for use in most modern web-based systems.
The new system is fast and very easy to use, and is designed to replace the older iframe technologies that have been used on websites by many publishers.
The changes in the EU membership has created a number of challenges for our UK users, particularly with the movement of materials between the UK and the EU. While we are working with those affected directly on solutions related to their business, we have made a few changes to HLMSW to assist all users.
EU or not EU?
With EU membership always changing, HLMSW now displays the EU button in the Account screen ONLY when the account is an EU Member. The button is GREY if no valid EU Tax ID is entered. HLMSW will maintain the EU countries for you, but this does mean you need to update your HLMSW whenever the membership changes.
EU Filters and Browses
A common requirement is the ability have browses or rules that are based on the EU status of the account. Now with the ACNTRYCODE form field, when using the IN comparison, you can select the European Union from the provided list.
There are a number of other changes to HLMSW in this version including:
Overdue Zinfonia Orders are now ONLY displayed by default to System Administrators or users with the All Companies permission (any Zinfonia order that has not been actioned within 3 days is automatically visible to all users). You can now toggle the view of any system-wide overdue orders with the new check box that always displays the number of overdue items.
*Note: Due to the Covid-19 crisis, this year’s Zinfonia statistics represent a list of works requested and not necessarily performed as the majority of all orders placed on the system were later withdrawn.
Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring. Suite [Chamber Version] (Boosey & Hawkes)
Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring. Suite [Orchestral Version] (Boosey & Hawkes)
Arturo Márquez Danzon No. 2 (Peermusic Classical)
Igor Stravinsky Pulcinella. Suite (Boosey & Hawkes)
Joan Tower Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 1 (Associated Music Publishers)
Carl Orff Carmina Burana (Schott Music)
Richard Strauss Metamorphosen [23 Strings] (Boosey & Hawkes)
Samuel Barber Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (G. Schirmer)
Modest Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition; arr. [Ravel] (Boosey & Hawkes)
Leonard Bernstein West Side Story. Symphonic Dances (Boosey & Hawkes)
Florence Price Symphony No. 1 in e minor (G. Schirmer)
I was very sad to hear of the passing of David Daniels, conductor and musicologist this month.
We meet briefly at the 2017 MOLA conference in San Diego where he announced his retirement from his Orchestral Music project, a publication (and now a website) that assisted and inspired a generation of musicologists, librarians and performers. I see that the first edition of his tome was published almost 50 years ago, and its significance in those times and since cannot be understated.
His work was the gold-standard of accuracy, and his development of what I consider to be the most readable form of orchestration concatenations (2 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1 – strings) known as the “Daniels Format” now sits deservedly at the summit of such representations.
My creation of both Zinfonia and the UIC was inspired by Daniels work, and I hope that these will compliment his contributions in the decades to come.
Thank you Dave.
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Zinfonia celebrated this week an important milestone as our number of users passed the landmark of 50k registrations. Zinfonia today hosts more than 135k titles by 10.5k composers from 250 imprints which are accessed in six languages by performers, librarians, publishers and scholars from 130 countries.
The Zinfonia team of Peter Grimshaw, Ulrich Steffen Eck and Joanne Hayley would like to take this opportunity to thank our publisher and distributor partners for their support as we strive to ensure that Zinfonia remains the primary destination for published performance materials across the globe.
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Zinfonia today features more than 135,000 titles by 10,600 composers that serves our ever-expanding community of more than 47,000 Zinfonia users in 126 countries (see our engagement map here).
The costs for publishers to use Zinfonia have not changed since the service was launched in 2011, and for us to continue to provide the level of service level we currently offer, and to bring the improvements that many of you have been asking for, we must change the way Zinfonia is charged from January 2020.
To help you calculate your annual costs, we have also provided a new feature in the Zinfonia Publisher section (accessible with your Publisher Access Code) where you can view and select the Zinfonia tier you would like to subscribe to with estimates of your annual costs based on your current usage. Click here to access this resource
You can set your subscription tier at any time, but if no tier is selected prior to January 1st, 2020, we will select the tier we believe will give you the best value based on your history.
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For those of you that are using STRIPE via Zinfonia or HLMSW to collect fees, some major changes to the rules for managing credit card transactions in Europe have required some major changes to Zinfonia.
Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) is a new European regulatory requirement to reduce fraud and make online payments more secure. Once SCA goes into effect on September 14, 2019, online payments will require additional customer authentication. Transactions that don’t adhere to the new guidelines may be declined by your customers’ banks. This regulation applies to transactions where both the business and the cardholder’s bank are located in the European Economic Area (EEA).
A new version of Zinfonia is currently being testing and will be rolled out next weekend that should work within this framework.
The new option uses the the Stripe Checkout facility which provides more branding options (including complete corporate logos): see https://dashboard.stripe.com/account/branding for more information.
The integration also allows me to pass on more information about the requests that will be included in the Metadata section of your Stripe payments screen to make it easier to match payments with transactions.
I will let you know when the new version is live, and I encourage you all to test it with your own systems to make sure that your customers will not be impacted by the changes.
Please let me know if you or any of your customers experience problems with Stripe payments in the coming weeks.