Orchestra Parts

May 21, 2005 at 03:41 PM · Hello!

I am in need of finding websites/companies that sell violin/orchestra parts. I'm mainly looking for like 1st and 2nd violin parts (whole thing - not excerpts). Mainly reliable with shipping and with as much accuracy in the parts as possible (knowing the Kalmus parts and all of their misprints!!)

I just need some sources so I can purchase, and learn my orchestra music for next fall in advance.


Ryan Beauchamp

P.S. I can't believe how fast this year has gone by already!

Replies (8)

May 21, 2005 at 03:57 PM · Hi,

Try Luck's music online. You can purchase individual parts from them, if not online, the by phone.


May 21, 2005 at 03:57 PM · Hi,

Try Luck's Music online. You can purchase individual parts from them, if not online, the by phone.


May 21, 2005 at 04:07 PM · Depends on which composer you are looking for, as some publishers do this and others do that. Try Breitkopf for Beethoven/Schubert/Mendelssohn etc, or Bärenreiter for Bach/Mozart etc.

May 21, 2005 at 07:00 PM · I have been very happy with tne Orchestra Musician's CD-ROM library. Two sets @$19.95 from

Johnson Strings (HTTP://WWW.Johnsonstring.com) Seperate sets for 1st.violin, 2nd. violin, viola, cello. You get CDs and print out the parts on your computer. I have found zero faults with these parts so far. All of the Beethoven Symphonies plus 26 other complete orchestra parts as well as complete parts for Berlioz, Cherubini, Donizetti, Menndelssohn,Rossini,Schubert, von Weber,Auber music in Vol.I. Vol.II contains 61 more COMPLETE parts.

Bill Swackhamer

May 22, 2005 at 02:39 AM · I have that CD collection, but I also have volumes 3 and 4 as well. I just wish they'd publish some Mozart as well.

May 22, 2005 at 06:23 PM · Snips:

>>Mainly reliable with shipping and with as much accuracy in the parts as possible (knowing the Kalmus parts and all of their misprints!!)

>Try Luck's music online.

> Try Breitkopf for Beethoven/Schubert/Mendelssohn etc, ---

>I have been very happy with the Orchestra Musician's CD-ROM library.

Some Comments on these snips from previous posts about Kalmus orchestra parts:

1.The Kalmus parts contain only the misprints engraved by original publisher such as Breitkopf, Durand, etc. Kalmus does NOT “add mistakes” (see e-mail below).

2.Luck's is one of largest customers of Kalmus so many titles you buy from Lucks are reprints by Kalmus.

3.The Orchestra Musician's CD-ROM library is compiled from reprints that were bought from Kalmus.

4.Many Kalmus titles have had the original publishers errors corrected and are the standard orchestra parts used by the U S Major Orchestras. You can buy complete Violin parts on most titles that are in the U S public domain at


Use the catalog search to find the PD titles, and prices of what is available. The order phone number is 1.800.434.6340

The fallacious rumor that reprint houses deliberately “add a few easily correctable mistakes to their editions so that they can renew the copyright” has been around for as long as these houses have existed. The music that Kalmus, Luck's, Broude, and Dover print is exclusively in the public domain on unedited titles. In-so-far as copyright is concerned, Kalmus does not claim copyrights for its reprints that are unedited.

The main reason for the printed errors in reprint house parts is that the original publishers (especially the French and Russian ones) produced engravings full of mistakes. Kalmus simply reprints these engravings, with the mistakes, articulation, ornamentation, etc. as is.

While it does use the best copy that can be found, the fact remains that the reprint copy will only be as error-free as the plate from which it was created. Thus it can be assumed for any Kalmus publication that unless the catalog lists an editor's name, Kalmus has made no changes to the music.

The changes that Kalmus does make to various works are in the interest of improvement. Editor-in-Chief Clark McAlister is heavily involved in the production of the Kalmus “Corrected Editions", a process that is extremely expensive and time consuming. Original proofing to re-engraving to production can take up to four years for just one piece. (*Please note that not all Corrected Editions are Critical Editions: for a Critical Edition, the editor must have access to a facsimile of the composer’s manuscripts, or preferably, the original manuscripts.) In terms of specific publishers, Dover scores contain on the whole the greatest number of errors, as they are reprints of original uncorrected European publications. Luck's buys much of its music directly from Kalmus, and like its supplier, does some improvement to the parts. Broude publishes its collection of titles on good paper, but the music is again often uncorrected unless improvements have been made.

Consequently, if Kalmus were to deliberately sabotage its own music, another reprint house could simply put out a better edition and make more sales. It is in the best interest of reprint houses to produce the best parts possible.

May 28, 2011 at 08:57 PM ·

Ovation Press has published fully-edited orchestral excerpts and parts for violin (complete with fingerings, bowings, etc.) edited by current and former concertmasters of some of the world's top orchestras.  Nearly all of the scores available are complete parts and not just excerpts.

May 29, 2011 at 05:45 PM ·

What about imslp.org?  I find all standard rep there usually, both 1st and 2nd vln parts.  It really helps me when an orchestra is too cheap to send me parts before a gig.

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