I have set the tempo mainly to Gould speed.
There is one deliberate misinterpretation of tie lines starting in measures 47 and 147 of the Bourrée of Suite I.
I have become fond of my form.
I consulted only Henle Verlag’s “Englische Suiten”.
I transcribed these into MIDI form about 1994 using the Performer software on a Macintosh, obviously not in real time but “step” time as provided by that software. The MIDI note durations are from the score. The only tempo adjustments are a few rallentandos which are done by MIDI meta events. The files are MIDI format 1; left and right hands remain distinct—suitable for various further adaptations.
I debugged while listening to them on a Casio FZ-1 with a harpsichord voice—often comparing with Gould’s recordings. The files were produced by Performer’s “Save as Standard MIDI File” option with expanded loops. Performer can perform them and I hope other packages can as well. Subsequently I have processed these files with several of the programs mentioned below. Please let me know if you have problems. You can reach me (Norm Hardy) by e-mail at norm at cap-lore.com or by phone at +1 650 851 2582. I would also like to hear of bugs or improvements.
More recently (2006) I have written a program to compare MIDI files (see below) and have used it to compare my files with Gary Bricault’s MIDI transcriptions. This has led to the discovery several more bugs in just the first two of my files. This is a pretty good estimate for the expected number of remaining bugs.
Playing MIDI on the Mac
The files in this directory are a motley collection of C programs to manipulate MIDI files. Here are some simple routines to make many simple MIDI tasks easy to program.