The Music Sack would not have been possible without the cooperation of the staff of the Music Library at the University of Toronto.
When I first started this project, I asked for, and was granted special privileges not available to other library users.
Without those special privileges the Music Sack would not have been a practicable proposition.I would like to express my gratitude for those special privileges.
The senior members of the Music Library staff have remained unchanged throughout this project:
Most of the information in the Music Sack has been published before -- on paper. The creation of the Music Sack has involved the convertion of this data from that paper form, and the consolidation of those scattered sources into a single source. This process of convertion and consolidation has resulted in an increase in the ways that this data can be accessed. No single source of those that make up the Music Sack constitutes more than one percent of the total amount of data in the Music Sack.
While the Music Sack acknowledges the authors who originally collected and organised the data, the Music Sack is, of course, and entirely new work.
The largest of those sources is the factual data from the Pianist in Concert. The information in the Pianist in Concert was collected by George Kehler and published in book-form in 1982.
The Music Sack does not seek to appropriate (or expropriate) the work of others, but will function as a distributor of information and will provide the infrastructure for authors to organise and distribute their work.
I would also like to express my thanks to my long-time companion Grace Ho.
Grace helped me bring home my very first computer and was responsible for the initial data entry that started the Music Sack rolling.
Grace's niece Michelle Ho made many photocopies for me at library (and never complained|). Michele also came up with the name "Music Sack" and provided me with constructive feedback as the project reach its final development stage.