Dealing with copied orchestra music
Hi all--Up until now, most of the stuff we have played since I joined my community orchestra was not too long. But in Oct. we are playing the Swan Lake Suite and it's 20 pages long. The music is in the public domain, so downloadable and printable off our website.
What I have done in the past is to enlarge the pages to 11x17 (for my aging eyes) and then I turn them (I am the inside player) by just pulling the page over to my side, exposing the next one. I can often avoid turning more than 1 page by arranging the pages strategically. This has worked fine for 3-5 pp pieces, but for 20 pp this seems unwieldy.
I thought about taping them together back-to-back and then making the whole thing into one bundle using a tape hinge, but that seems difficult to do with 20 pp. I thought about putting them in a loose-leaf notebook, but given the size of the sheets, that won't really work.
Any tips? I am afraid I'm going to have this huge handful of pages to try to wrangle, and as we all know, if something goes horribly wrong during a concert, we will be a mess. I am first stand seconds, so hard to hide.
Usually the published versions have page turns that work reasonably well. You can duplicate that by two-sided printing but you have to make sure that your front/back pages match the front/back pages from the publisher (in other words, if the original part has a cover page and then opens up with the first two pages of music on a left/right spread, don't print the first two pages of music front and back).
If you're not sure what the original looked like, you can usually tell by looking at the end of each page (possibly the beginning of the next page). Before printing, I would suggest looking for convenient spots for page turns at the ends of pages. If they're mostly at the end of odd-numbered pages, then print the first two pages front and back. If they're at the end of even-numbered pages, then the first page is on the left side (i.e. on its own) and the two-sided printing should start on the second page.
All this work--taping and copying. In the end, maybe it would be worth just buying a new part? They put them on better paper anyway.
I also frequently buy "real" parts from Lucks or Kalmus. If the page turns are difficult, sometimes it is better to leave the photo-copies separate, untaped. Then you slide them over one at a time during rests, which can often be in the middle of a page.
Pendantic: there are 2 pages per sheet (in this universe, at least).
It's 20 pp. You can see it here: http://www.springhillorchestra.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Swan-Lake-VLN-2.pdf