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Does anyone have a sheet music website that they know, trust and use often without fail?

i.e. no viruses, fraud etc.?

Maybe we could make a data base? Unless there already is one here...
(though I've searched throughout...)

Thanks!

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I've bought sheet music from these sites:

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/
http://www.amazon.com/
http://www.sheetmusic1.com/

AFAIK sheet music plus is pretty popular (my teacher shops there too). Good selection but have to pay shipping. Amazon's selection is limited, but stuff they carry is often discounted and they have free shipping. I haven't bought from sheet music online for a while; their packaging was the best but the website was hard to navigate.

Going to a music store is still my favorite way of shopping for sheet music. But alas many near where I live have closed; now I have to drive to the city and pay for parking downtown. :-(

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I agree. Going to a store is always the best bet... and most promising, since one can test the music out on a piano at the store...

But affording gas, and finding a good store (as you said) is pretty tough these days. What a hassle!

Thanks for the sites, hwy.


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This site is basically a sheet music wiki, you can find just about anything except for the more recent compositions in the recent century or so which are copyrighted.

http://imslp.org/wiki/



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I buy here, I think it's all classical though. Music is graded by difficulty and you can play a short clip of each piece to hear it. Once you download you can also listen to a recording of the whole piece. It's a few bucks per song, or something like $25/year unlimited.

http://www.music-scores.com/


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I second IMSLP, like mmpianist said, unless its something extremely recent, you'll find it at imslp, and free.


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One of my personal favorites is EveryNote.com

We also collect an ongoing list of online sheet music resources, both popular and classical, some of which have been mentioned here. Check out the Free and Vendor sites in our resources page at www.AirTurn.com/Resources

Hope this helps! Looking forward to reading about everyone else's recommendations. Thanks for starting this thread!

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I have a collection of websites for sheet music download on a blog page:

Free Sheet Music Download / Blog

And as written above, IMSLP is great but there are many more.

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My biggest complaint about Sheetmusicplus.com is that their search engine is completely useless - most of the time. Even when I input precise parameters, their search often brings up items that are totally unrelated to those parameters. They do seem to have a wide-ranging selection, if you can find what you are looking for.

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This one is great... very clean music (all pieces are typeset using LilyPond).

https://www.mutopiaproject.org/

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Originally Posted by BruceD
My biggest complaint about Sheetmusicplus.com is that their search engine is completely useless - most of the time. Even when I input precise parameters, their search often brings up items that are totally unrelated to those parameters. They do seem to have a wide-ranging selection, if you can find what you are looking for.

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This is exactly my experience. It's unfortunate and frustrating for someone who prefers to purchase bound scores, rather than downloading them. One would think, after all this time, they would have improved their search engine. While I prefer to support reliable smaller businesses, I usually end up purchasing what I need from Amazon.


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My biggest complaint about Sheetmusicplus.com is that their search engine is completely useless - most of the time. Even when I input precise parameters, their search often brings up items that are totally unrelated to those parameters. They do seem to have a wide-ranging selection, if you can find what you are looking for.

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This is exactly my experience. It's unfortunate and frustrating for someone who prefers to purchase bound scores, rather than downloading them. One would think, after all this time, they would have improved their search engine. While I prefer to support reliable smaller businesses, I usually end up purchasing what I need from Amazon.

I would recommend you give Julliard a try.


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Originally Posted by BruceD
My biggest complaint about Sheetmusicplus.com is that their search engine is completely useless - most of the time. Even when I input precise parameters, their search often brings up items that are totally unrelated to those parameters. They do seem to have a wide-ranging selection, if you can find what you are looking for.

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Agreed. I usually avoid them, but when i do order from them, I usually end up using Google to search their site.

Their budget shipping and standard shipping are (seemingly) the same, the only difference is that when you order budget, they wait a week or long to ship it out. I also don't like their 8 copy minimum on octavos.

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I’ve been very pleased ordering from Ficks Music for scores. Highly recommended

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Yes of course IMSLP is a fine resource, but I have found that Alfred Publishing is today's (in my opinion) the best in terms of editing and commenting on historical playing norms. Its two great, great editors -- Maurice Hinson and Willard Palmer, may they rest in piece -- contributed wonderful editing and historical perspectives to the Alfred editions of the classics. All the Schirmer stuff is fine, and of course the Urtext if that's your taste. But for really insightful editing, fingering, ornamentation, and idiomatic playing advice, I always try to buy Alfred.


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Some of the Alfred Masterworks are very good, such as Nancy Bricard's editions of Gaspard de la Nuit and Pictures at an Exhibition, which contain detailed explanations of her editorial decisions, sources, alterations made by the composer etc. Many editions in the Masterworks series have no discussion at all.


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