Orchestral Sheet Music for Classical Operas
It is really bothering me that it seems like nowhere online can I find orchestral parts for classical operas. I would love to learn The Abduction from the Seraglio and other operas and I play the violin. I don't sing.
It seems like it is impossible to find UNARRANGED music for the entire opera (not just the overture). Does anyone know where I can buy sheet music for operas, preferably not an individual violin part and a score.
I know these are expensive but I HATE arrangements.
I'd have a browse through IMSLP for free download of score and parts. If IMSLP don't have it then I can't think offhand who would!
Here's the overture. IMSLP doesn't seem to have the whole opera in parts, just the score (and a piccolo part).
https://www.efkalmus.com/operalist.php click on the catalogue number. https://www.efkalmus.com/kalorchdetail.php?r=3870 is your specific one, looks like an individual part is $30
There's a reason why people do arrangements -- the first violin line isn't going to work standalone. If you want a score because you want to do your own arrangement, though, that's a different thing -- but in that case you will want a full score, not just a violin (presumably first violin) part.
Frankly, I can't see how the violin part to Abduction would be interesting at all without the rest of the band. Including piatti.
Some people do get more out of a performance if they know at least one of the parts. If you don't read scores at the piano, it's not a completely bad way to start getting acquainted with unfamiliar music.
Well, the OP did say that he was willing to buy the parts. I do wish that Dover would offer Kindle editions of its scores, though.
Ditto on that; Luck's or Kalmus for complete 1st violin parts. Dover for public domain complete scores. There are some good 19th century arrangements of Mozart opera arias for 2-violin duet. Over the years I have purchased a lot of personal copies of 1st violin parts of standard repertoire. I can work on bowings ahead of the 1st rehearsal when librarian doesn't do his job.