Kefáli Press is a music publishing company founded by composer Brian Bondari. Our unusual mission is to offer as many excellent, accessible works to the public as we can. Why is this unusual? It’s simple: because we offer many of our works for free.
Some Frequently Asked Questions
How do you pronouce Kefáli?
Like this: keh-FAH-lee.
How does Kefáli Press distribute music?
We strive to streamline the process by which buyers receive the scores that they buy. Most scores are offered as PDFs. Look for icons that represent the score format:
- Represents a physical printed score that will be shipped to you.
- Represents a digital PDF that you can download and print.
If a buyer purchases copies in PDF format, the score (and optional parts) are promptly delivered on-line. The customer can then print the score at his/her own accord. It is literally Point. Click. Buy. Print.
If a buyer purchases a hard copy, then the printed music will be shipped as usual to the specified address.
Are there any benefits to purchasing a score in PDF format over a printed edition?
Yes. For starters, purchasing a PDF will allow the buyer to access the score/parts much faster than waiting to receive printed music in the mail.
Also, purchasing a PDF is significantly less expensive than buying the same score as a hard copy. By spending less on printing, postage, and storing inventory, Kefáli Press is able to offer PDFs for lower prices. Many of them are free.
Why do you offer some of your scores for free? Do you hate money?
No, but the answer is complicated. When I founded Kefáli Press back in 2007, I was a graduate student in music composition earning almost nothing as a teaching assistant at my university. In other words, I was a quintessential starving artist. Establishing my own publishing company to sell my scores and distribute my music helped provide me with a much-needed trickle of income.
Now, I make my living as a tenured professor, and while the income stream from selling scores is nice, I no longer rely on it. It’s the distribution of my works and the performances that matter to me more than the residual income, so I choose to make some of my pieces available to you at no cost.
You can always donate if you find the (free) works valuable, and we’re grateful for these donations that help keep this site running.
If I purchase a PDF, how do I receive it?
After your purchase you will receive an e-mail with a download link. The PDF that you purchased will be contained within a ZIP file. Extract the PDF from the ZIP file, and use software such as Adobe Reader to view and print the score.
What forms of payment does Kefáli Press accept?
Kefáli Press accepts all major credit/debit cards through PayPal.
What about copyright infringement? By providing the option to buy PDFs on-line, what is to stop someone from making illegal copies?
Naturally, we are concerned about copyright infringement, but leave that to the integrity of the buyer. Our view is that there is an equal chance for illegal copying when dealing with PDFs as there is for traditional sheet music.