The operetta that I wrote in fifth grade, “King Hybrid’s Court,” an homage to and, at the same time, a rip-off of Gilbert and Sullivan, was penned with the help of an early notation software program named Music Construction Set. It took a long time to input notes, but at the time I thought the playback feature was downright futuristic. Before long, I was writing a piano part for the piece which was physically impossible, but sounded completely awesome when the program played it back. I remember the synthesized piano sound very clearly.
In inputting my new Brahms transcriptions into Sibelius software, I’m realizing how far things have come. Still some stuff to get used to, but I’m slowly becoming an expert.