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The search for music scores
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music sources in London - 25 June 96
Recorders Home Page - plus lots of addresses and information on where to get music scores
Dr Downing's Dealers - sheet music dealers in England
Yale University Music Library - links - good categorisation
Werner Icking Music Archive lots of free sheet music - in PDF format
If you don't know what you're looking for, try browsing web sites, music libraries, or music book stores.
If you know what you're looking for, how do you find it? Ask your friends? Searching for free sheet music on the Web is not trivial. First-hand music is expensive. Searching for cheap second-hand music is hardest of all.
If you are desperate for a particular piece of music, don't have much time and are willing to spend the money, then you best visit or call a music store.
If you have time, then search the Web or visit a second-hand book store.
If you have time but don't want to spend money, then search the Web or visit libraries.
of Bond Street
Bookstore 3rd floor
All Flutes Plus
Bridgewood & Neitzert
Chas E. Foote
Guivier & Co.
The entire basement is full of second-hand sheet music and books; a treasure hunt for the scavenger; lots of excellent deals from 40 pence to £10. Mostly piano, but lots of string quartets, opera, and books.
Travis & Emery
Fewer scores than the Archive, but better organised and hence more expensive.
Libraries with big music sections
Just about all major public libraries in London carry music scores. Don't forget to try libraries of music departments of universities and conservatories.
Swiss Cottage (NW6)