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The Music Room => Composing and Performing => Topic started by: Maciek on June 27, 2007, 03:51:50 AM

Title: Downloadable scores
Post by: Maciek on June 27, 2007, 03:51:50 AM
I think a sticky like this would be helpful.

Please note that my intention is for this to be a sort of "directory thread", listing all the resources we know (I want to prevent this thread from growing too long and thus unusable). If you have a question to ask (like "where do I find the score to Tchaikovsky's Fatum?") or if you want to mention the fact that one of the sites has been updated go to the Where to download specific scores (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,405.0.html) thread. If, however, you know of a free on-line score resource that is not listed here - post away!



INTERNATIONAL MUSIC SCORE LIBRARY PROJECT (http://www.imslp.org/)




VARIATIONS (http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/variations/scores/)




BMIC (http://www.bmic.co.uk/collection/)




Alkan site(s) (http://alkan.assos.free.fr/alkan/04_partitions_en.html)




The DIGITAL MOZART EDITION (http://nma.redhost24-001.com/mambo/index.php)




The Free Sheetmusic Library (http://www.bh2000.net/score/)




The Jean-Baptiste Lully Collection (http://www.library.unt.edu/music/lully/default.htm)
at the University of North Texas Music Library




Mutopia (http://www.mutopiaproject.org/)




Gutenberg:The Sheet Music Project (http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Gutenberg:The_Sheet_Music_Project)




??? - this link doesn't work for me right now - will update




And also valuable: a site with lots of links to free sheet music:

http://plato.acadiau.ca/courses/musi/callon/2273/scores.htm (http://plato.acadiau.ca/courses/musi/callon/2273/scores.htm)



And The Lied and Art Song Texts Page:
Here is a resource I use to find the texts for songs....

http://www.recmusic.org/lieder/



MUSICwww (http://www.musicwww.co.uk/home.htm)

- free classical sheet music for piano.



Regards,
Maciek
Title: Re: Downloadable scores on-line
Post by: karlhenning on June 27, 2007, 03:57:08 AM
Maciek, you are the man!
Title: Re: Downloadable scores on-line
Post by: Maciek on June 27, 2007, 04:13:38 AM
Thank you, Karl. 0:)
Title: Re: Downloadable scores on-line
Post by: greg on June 27, 2007, 04:17:27 AM
add this one, too:

http://notes.tarakanov.net/composers/p.htm


this site is nearly as good as the IMSLP in some ways. It has good scores of Prokofiev, Schnittke (lots of him), Stravinsky, etc.
Title: Re: Downloadable scores
Post by: Black Knight on June 27, 2007, 12:27:29 PM
www.sheetmusicfox.com

and

www.sheetmusicarchive.net (you can only download two files a day, but that's not something a quick cookie delete can't fix)
Title: Re: Downloadable scores
Post by: KevinP on August 09, 2007, 06:58:51 PM
Sometimes doing a google search for, for example, "palestrina missa pdf" reveals stuff not on those websites. You'll have to sort through some other stuuff, especially concert programs, but it works sometimes. Just throw that 'pdf' in the search field.
Title: Re: Downloadable scores
Post by: greg on September 13, 2007, 07:29:49 AM
pianosociety.com

i found this one by reading the update on IMSLP, they're "joining forces". What's special about this site is that it has recordings along with the scores, some i'm really excited to listen to!
Title: Re: Downloadable scores
Post by: mikkeljs on December 27, 2007, 06:31:18 AM
Very nice site!  :D
Title: Re: Downloadable scores
Post by: karlhenning on April 21, 2008, 04:33:41 AM
http://imslp.wikidot.com/

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Update: It has been confirmed that IMSLP will be online again on July 1st, 2008 at 12AM EST. In the meanwhile, much work remains to be done, and I will be setting up branch projects before then. I will update this page with any news.
Title: Re: Downloadable scores
Post by: greg on April 21, 2008, 04:53:39 AM
http://imslp.wikidot.com/

0:) 0:) 0:) 0:)
I can't wait!!!!!
Title: Re: Downloadable scores
Post by: Guido on April 22, 2008, 09:06:49 AM
This is great news
Title: Re: Downloadable scores
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on April 22, 2008, 09:46:59 AM
Excellent news!  :) I had only just discovered this great resource, when it had to be closed.  :(
Title: Re: Downloadable scores
Post by: greg on January 15, 2009, 12:23:40 PM
NOw that it's 2009, they have several composers' scores in public domain- including Vaughan Williams!
Title: Re: Downloadable scores
Post by: Symphonien on January 15, 2009, 05:53:08 PM
NOw that it's 2009, they have several composers' scores in public domain- including Vaughan Williams!

They should have these composers in the public domain but the site has been slow to review many files for copyright. It looks like most works published after 1923 even by composers that died more than 50 years ago are still blocked. For example, Sibelius' 6th and 7th Symphonies are still blocked even though he died more than 50 years ago which makes him PD in Canada where the site is hosted. And to name an absurd example I came across, some of Berg's works are still blocked even though he died more than 70 years ago!

I think they followed US Copyright law and to be safe haven't yet allowed anything published after 1923. But I hope they remedy this situation soon.
Title: Re: Downloadable scores
Post by: greg on January 15, 2009, 07:23:01 PM

I think they followed US Copyright law and to be safe haven't yet allowed anything published after 1923. But I hope they remedy this situation soon.
I'm all for that, as long as we team up first and assassinate the Universal Edition guys.
Title: Re: Downloadable scores
Post by: greg on March 09, 2009, 02:12:14 PM
Something I've noticed: it looks like IMSLP has the complete catalogue of Scriabin works- complete meaning the whole opus list, plus a bunch of works without opus number. Maybe that isn't exactly complete, though?


http://imslp.org/wiki/List_of_compositions_by_Alexander_Scriabin
Title: Re: Downloadable scores
Post by: Joe_Campbell on April 05, 2009, 09:55:30 AM
Something I've noticed: it looks like IMSLP has the complete catalogue of Scriabin works- complete meaning the whole opus list, plus a bunch of works without opus number. Maybe that isn't exactly complete, though?


http://imslp.org/wiki/List_of_compositions_by_Alexander_Scriabin
Quote from: imslp.org
Op.50 - Opus Not Used by Scriabin
Op.55 - Opus Not Used by Scriabin
Some wierd superstition?
Title: Re: Downloadable scores
Post by: greg on April 05, 2009, 06:03:20 PM
no idea...
Title: Re: Downloadable scores
Post by: music4ever on February 01, 2011, 01:50:55 PM
it seems he didn't use those 2 numbers. Maybe he composed something and threw it away but already had published some higher opus numbers? Don't know. But on http://www.klassika.info/Komponisten/Scriabin/wv_opus_2.html you can see, that those numbers don't exist. And on http://inter-note.com/nvd/composer.jsp?composer=SKRIABIN&sort=opus&start=6&pp=15 also no 50 and 55! By the way, the have a nice preview function where you can flip through the score and listen to the music
Title: Re: Downloadable scores
Post by: Muzition on September 11, 2011, 07:26:37 AM
I'm not sure if this website is entirely legal, and I hope I won't get kicked off the forum for it, but here's a website I recently found:
http://www.sheetsearch.com/
You can download PDFs of lots of music, not just classical, but also popular music.  It does have a whole lot of classical music, including scores by modern and living composers.  It has some more recent music that can't be found on IMSLP.
There are a few weird things about the site - for example, music by Beethoven is found both under B for Beethoven and L for Ludwig van Beethoven.  The site does have a search function if you're looking for a particular composer and you're not sure whether to look him up under his first name or last name.
But yeah, I think it's worth a look.
Title: Re: Downloadable scores
Post by: DaveF on September 11, 2011, 12:39:32 PM
A site that offers scores by, for example, John Lennon is definitely not entirely legal!  However, I don't think you can get kicked out merely for mentioning it.
Title: Re: Downloadable scores
Post by: Gurn Blanston on September 11, 2011, 01:47:00 PM
Nah, not to worry. We are judicious, and don't dump people who aren't intentionally trying to use us for evil. :)

I downloaded a sample, it was a scan that was arranged by Ignace Padrewski back in 1900 or so, and so I think any fears of at least that score being a problem are moot. The webmaster there is certainly bold for someone who believes he is in the wrong, which makes me believe even more that they are probably OK. :)

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Title: Re: Downloadable scores
Post by: ElliotViola on June 13, 2012, 02:04:16 PM
http://olcbarcelonamusic.musicaneo.com/

has a good selection of free sheet music. (It's my publishers website)