Finding Rare Orchestral Scores (Like Paganini 4 & 5)
I’ve always loved searching and learning obscure repertoire, especially the Romantic stuff. But I’ve always been frustrated that on IMSLP, many of the scores only have violin and piano parts. I was wondering if anyone knew of a way to get ahold of orchestral parts for Paganini concertos 4 or 5 (or both), and other lesser known concertos and things. This might be way out of my league, but it’d be pretty cool if I could find ‘em.
I think most groups use custom arrangements because there is no definitive orchestral score for these works.
The people that will best at finding that would be the librarians for pro-level orchestras.
There's no real reason why the lack of a conductor's score or orchestral parts should prevent you from learning Paganini 4 or 5. What you need to know about the harmony will still be visible in the piano score.
I agree with Lydia. The whole point of a piano score is to compress the entire orchestra into 2 hands, essentially. Any changes in harmony etc. will still be visible to you
Most of the Paganini music I bought were published by Boccaccini & Spada, including concerto no.3 & 4 (they also printed no.5 but I got a copy of it prior to its publication). They do quite a lot of Paganini music but then, somehow about 10 years ago the company seemed to be... how should I put it... dead?
I read somewhere once (here, perhaps?) that Paganini was rightfully worried about his music being copied by those who had no business to, so the orchestral parts of his concertos were handed out to the orchestra immediately before the performance and collected immediately afterwards, the musicians having no other access to them. If this is so, it might go some way in explaining the current problems.
Kenny - There is only one printed edition of it (as far as I know). I have this one:
Isaiah - The full scores for Paganini 4 & 5 can be bought here in excellent quality: