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#2057598 - 04/01/13 12:31 AM Editions Musica Ferrum April Fools :)
Nikolas Offline
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Registered: 11/26/07
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Loc: UK
I'm really sorry that this has come so soon, but...

As some members already know from PMs and stuff the struggle in this stunning economic depression that Greece is going through is so uphill that it's impossible to win!

The idea was to sustain production of new scores from living composers, that would appeal to the general public. Based on my computer games experience I always knew that products are ready to 'fly out the window' very easily. With the added bonus that classical music does not have an expiration date, like computer games do, I was always very confident that things will work out.

Alas, this is not the case at all.

This is what will happen next.

1. According to the contract I have to send the scores back to the composers. I seriously hope they can handle the shipping fees, cause I can't.
2. Any remaining scores will be burned down.
3. I will close down my music studio, fire my accountant, notify everyone that Editions Musica Ferrum are... dead.
4. I guess that this means that any of you that've bought scores will be on to something. I mean some scores will be rare, considering they won't be sold again.

It's been a short, but amazing trip everybody! I will be logging on to PianoWorld much less now, since I'll be concentrating on my move to Azerbaijan!

Take care and goodbye!


Edited by Kreisler (04/04/13 01:09 PM)
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#2057602 - 04/01/13 12:43 AM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: Nikolas]
JoelW Online   content
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What do you mean "goodbye"?

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#2057604 - 04/01/13 12:45 AM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: Nikolas]
Kuanpiano Offline
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I have a hunch, but I'm too scared to say it!
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#2057605 - 04/01/13 12:48 AM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: Nikolas]
ChopinAddict Offline
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I hope you will be back soon!
I am sorry about Musica Ferrum... frown It is a tough time. Many companies close down around here too. frown
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#2057609 - 04/01/13 01:00 AM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: Nikolas]
theJourney Offline
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Nikolas, I am sorry to hear this.

Please make sure you are thinking as clearly as possible and are examining all of the options that might be available to you. Discuss decisions with close friends you trust. See if there might be a way to close everything that is bleeding cash flow while not burning bridges for a possible future re-launch.

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#2057612 - 04/01/13 01:13 AM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: Nikolas]
ando Online   content
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Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Hehe wink

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#2057616 - 04/01/13 01:19 AM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: ando]
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Originally Posted By: ando
Hehe wink


Do you think it is an April Fool's prank? wink laugh
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#2057618 - 04/01/13 01:25 AM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: Nikolas]
ChrisKeys Offline
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Nikolas, I was going to buy two copies of Piano Stories this week. Is this now impossible?

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#2057629 - 04/01/13 02:31 AM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: Nikolas]
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#2057646 - 04/01/13 04:02 AM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: Nikolas]
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#2057661 - 04/01/13 06:41 AM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: ChopinAddict]
ando Online   content
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Originally Posted By: ChopinAddict
Originally Posted By: ando
Hehe wink


Do you think it is an April Fool's prank? wink laugh


Either that or I'm a sociopath who laughs at the misfortune of others. wink

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#2057675 - 04/01/13 07:49 AM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: Nikolas]
pianopaws Offline
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Check the "news" section of the Musica Ferrum website for more details. wink
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#2057702 - 04/01/13 09:44 AM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: Nikolas]
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Nikolas, best of luck in your new location. Stay with us and let us know how you are doing.
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#2057775 - 04/01/13 01:00 PM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: Nikolas]
Steve Chandler Offline
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Registered: 02/18/05
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Loc: Urbandale, Iowa
I hear Azerbaijan is nice this time of year. To answer the question on your web site, yes I am aware that Greece is ahead of the US in regard to time. What I wasn't aware of was whether there is an April Fools tradition there. That question seems to have been answered. Good luck in Azerbaijan!

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#2057833 - 04/01/13 02:57 PM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: Nikolas]
FarmGirl Offline

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It sounds dreadful. Everyone I shared it loves your score. I hope we can somehow keep in touch.
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#2057837 - 04/01/13 03:06 PM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: Nikolas]
LadyChen Offline
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Loc: Canada
Anyone know the time difference between here and Greece? wink

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#2057841 - 04/01/13 03:10 PM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: LadyChen]
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Originally Posted By: LadyChen
Anyone know the time difference between here and Greece? wink


Well, that depends. Where is "here"? There are six time zones in Canada.

Greece is GMT +2;
Canada is
GMT -31/2 (Newfoundland/Labrador),
GMT-4 (Atlantic),
GMT-5 (Eastern),
GMT-6 (Central),
GMT-7 (Mountain), and
GMT-8 (Pacific).

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#2057846 - 04/01/13 03:18 PM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: Nikolas]
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"Here" is there when you are in Azerbaijan.

Please hear what I'm trying to say.
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#2057848 - 04/01/13 03:20 PM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: Nikolas]
Nikolas Offline
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Loc: UK
Right "now" it's 22:20 in Greece...

And April's first is about to end in a couple of hours... So...

April's Fool Everybody!

It worked for a few people, but most weren't fooled I guess... wink

Some further info on the background of the original post:

1. Yes Greece is not doing well, but EMF is doing just fine (which is very positive in a miserable world overall...). We are actually about to publish more than 10 new scores...

2. I would never ever ever ever burn any score, no matter contract, lawyers or whatever!

3. My wife IS actually in Azerbaijan, so the country didn't come up randomly. But I'm just not about to move there.

4. And certainly I would not quite post and be a member of PianoWorld.

Thanks everyone.
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#2057854 - 04/01/13 03:26 PM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: Nikolas]
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Nikolas :

I think that was a pretty bad April Fool's joke. It's one thing to play a joke that (eventually) simply fools everyone, harmlessly, caught in it. It's quite another - and in bad taste, I think - to perpetrate one that raises both personal sympathy and genuine concern for your situation when there was nothing to be concerned about.

Bad call!
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#2057855 - 04/01/13 03:29 PM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: Nikolas]
Nikolas Offline
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I get that Bruce... You're right probably, but in my defence: I did PM everyone who posted right after they did post in order to let them know that it's a joke, and I did mention some difficult things (burning scores and the such)...

But you're right... It was probably a bad call, but I hope it wasn't perceived as a call for sympathy or anything like that... :-/
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#2057862 - 04/01/13 03:35 PM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: Nikolas]
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Well, Nikolas, that being said, I am glad to hear that the situation is not as it initially indicated.

Regards,
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#2057889 - 04/01/13 04:17 PM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: Nikolas]
landorrano Offline
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Posts: 2536
Loc: France
Talk about the 2013 "Composer on herb"!

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#2057894 - 04/01/13 04:25 PM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: Nikolas]
Nikolas Offline
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Rather "composer on weed"... :P
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#2057896 - 04/01/13 04:28 PM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: Nikolas]
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Originally Posted By: Nikolas
I get that Bruce... You're right probably, but in my defence: I did PM everyone who posted right after they did post in order to let them know that it's a joke, and I did mention some difficult things (burning scores and the such)...

But you're right... It was probably a bad call, but I hope it wasn't perceived as a call for sympathy or anything like that... :-/


Don't feel bad, you are supposed to fool people, and you only put yourself (and your stockholders?) in the line, so it's fine. Those who are fooled sometimes get offended, but that's the tradition anyway grin

I have to admit that what shocked me was the thing about burning scores (talk about lack of empathy for people...). But maybe I did somehow predict that it cannot be true...

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#2057898 - 04/01/13 04:29 PM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: Nikolas]
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I don't think this was in bad taste.

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#2057910 - 04/01/13 05:00 PM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: outo]
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Originally Posted By: outo
But maybe I did somehow predict that it cannot be true...

It took me less than 30 seconds to figure out it was a joke. I was burned by a cruel joke done by the local sports talk radio way back in 1992, so ever since then I'm always vigilant when April 1st rolls around.

Kudos to you, Nikolas. Kudos.
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#2057919 - 04/01/13 05:10 PM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: ando]
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Originally Posted By: ando
Originally Posted By: ChopinAddict
Originally Posted By: ando
Hehe wink


Do you think it is an April Fool's prank? wink laugh


Either that or I'm a sociopath who laughs at the misfortune of others. wink


ha It was a rhetorical question. It was clear it was a joke by then (hence the smilies). No Schadenfreude!
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#2057926 - 04/01/13 05:14 PM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: AZNpiano]
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Originally Posted By: AZNpiano
Originally Posted By: outo
But maybe I did somehow predict that it cannot be true...

It took me less than 30 seconds to figure out it was a joke. I was burned by a cruel joke done by the local sports talk radio way back in 1992, so ever since then I'm always vigilant when April 1st rolls around.

Kudos to you, Nikolas. Kudos.


AZN, you are sharp! I did not get that at all until Nilolas PM'd me. Good thing he did cause I was just about e-mail'ing my friends not to order the scores..it's burnt (oh how sad it sounded!). Glad it was a joke. I wish I could get back at him next year but I'm not as creative as he is. It was a good one.
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#2057943 - 04/01/13 05:34 PM Re: Editions Musica Ferrum to close down... :( [Re: Nikolas]
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You had me until Azerbaijan.
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