Where to order chamber music scores?
My son needs 2 copies of the original score for a somewhat rare string quartet (Korngold String Quartet #1) for a local competition. We were able to obtain one through Amazon; the only other supplier listed canceled my order because they can't get it. I have found places to order it (from Europe) but we need it in 2.5 weeks and that doesn't seem likely.
Does anybody have any ideas how we can obtain another copy of the score?
A university library on interlibrary loan?
I have gotten hard to find scores (out of print, etc) from my local public library via interlibrary loan. See if your score is available on interlibrary loan by searching on the interlibrary loan catalog
I just checked: University of Chicago libraries and Cornell University libraries have #1 and #3 in the stacks. I believe you are near UChicago libraries. Get it from the stacks to start working on in 2.5 weeks and order it so you have it by the time they will want to perform it.
Thank you. I looked through our library options and our Chicago public library main branch actually has it, surprisingly. I can also get scores through Northwestern and University of Chicago with my husband's ID if needed, but the public library is much easier. This solves my temporary problem, but I still do need to obtain two more copies for a later competition, so I guess I will just order from Europe now.
FWIW we've had very good luck ordering from Presto Music in the UK,
I would try to contact the organizers and explain the situation to them. Maybe they compromise and accept the one copy.
Copyright legislation is indeed getting out of hand, and this appears to be driven mainly by Hollywood and major publishing houses, with knock-on effects in other countries.
If you are committed to buying the scores, my amateur guess is that you could download the IMSLP version while they are in the mail without violating fair use standards. Not to say you won't be crucified by the Feds for it, but they probably have bigger things to worry about.
I have a very stupid question about IP in music.
I just learned today that one of our quartet players found sources of music (and I presume, scores) on line at bookfinder.com .
K Ch - what you are referring to is called "fair use." And here is an outline of the four factors that aid courts in determining if an alledged infringement qualifies as fair use:
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