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Classical Page Turning Performance

BT 105 Footswitch

Just about 12 months ago we covered the BT-105, a Bluetooth foot pedal that connects to your iPad and lets you turn the pages of your musical score.

But does a Bluetooth foot switch really cut it when performing live in front of a big audience?

The BT-105's makers AirTurn sat down with classical violinist Giora Schmidt who was planning to use the device with his iPad during a special performance of the highly technical Piano Sonata by Franz Liszt, transcribed for solo violin.

It is a 35 minute piece with no natural breaks that requires 35 turns of the score's pages. That's where the BT-105 comes in, partnered with an iPad and one of the compatible apps.

In the video below they talk about Giora's decision to use the BT-105 and the iPad instead of the traditional 'paper score with a friend turning the pages' method, how things have gone wrong trying to turn the pages mid-performance on your own (always a heart stopping moment in front of a live audience) and, briefly, attitudes towards technology in the Classical music scene.

The full story and a video of Giora's actual 35 minute performance can be seen on the AirTurn website, it is very impressive.

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Reader Comments (3)

Not that there is any problem with the AirTurn unit, but your readers should also know that there is one other option for hands-free bluetooth page turning: the PageFlip Cicada. The PageFlip is a self-contained unit (you don't need additional pedals) and works very well. It's about $80.

The other option is a wired pedal called the Footime Pedal, now called the BiLiPro turner, which is only $50. You do need the iPad Camera Connection kit which adds another $29 if you don't already own it.

At any rate, there are a few options for page turning out there.

November 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Thank you Chris for letting us know about the other options that are out there.

November 16, 2011 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

@Chris: I'm in the market for a page turner and am trying to decide between the AirTurn and the Cicada. They each seem to have advantages and disadvantages. Have you used them? Do you have a preference for one over the other? Thanks in advance for your insight.

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMC

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