I think after 200 years the scores to the Mozart piano Sonatas are in the public domain. I can look at the scores and download them from IMSLP

part of the score of Mozart's piano sonata No. 17, K. 570

However, these are not suitable for consumption by a computer. I don't even know what the standard format is. Could it be MIDI? I am concerned that Midi will miss things like slurs, dynamics and other articulations (which are often put at very precise places). Nonetheless I found Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus [bap. Mozart, Joannes Chrysost[omus] Wolfgangus Theophilus] on kunstderfuge.com.

It could be quite an effort (and also error-prone) to compile these myself. MIDI files also cannot capture the timbre of the musical instrument or a musicians artistic judgement.

Yet, are there any efforts to computerize classical music in a standard way?

  • What are your requirements regarding computerized? You mention things that (you think) won't work, what what will work? What would make a satisfactory answer?
    – user4293
    Feb 18, 2017 at 14:03
  • I don't know many groups that analyze music because of the inherent difficulties involved. Our ears can distinguish between sound, for computer still next to impossible. MIDI was a good standard in it's day, but mp3 is better if you just want to listen. Feb 19, 2017 at 15:17

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The best I could find are some Lilypond [1] files - written in a variant of Scheme [2] - hosted on Mutopia. There are only 2 of the 17 pieces you are looking for.

and the engraving left something to be desired. However I did find this index of the 17 Mozart sonatas which looked very nice. he typesetting can look very professional when all of its features are used correctly:

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and unlike with Finale or Sibelius, Lilypond is open-source so you retain your rights... There is also index of the Chopin Etudes Op. 10 which is not asked for. Typesetting the full sonatas could be a lot of work.

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