Carolus wrote:This sounds like an interesting idea. Perhaps some of our editors who've posted items here might be interested in making the performance material available in this way. One question I have (being a contributor to the cabal, etc.) would be: Do the editors of these prospective new editions get to have their scores freely available at IMSLP?
Carolus wrote:The reason I naturally ask has to do with IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library's whole purpose in life: to make music freely available to anyone who wants to download it. Having a link to a readily available set of performance material could be quite useful for someone who downloaded a typeset score for study. I also have some understanding of why rental can probably the most economical method of distribution for a large work like an opera or ballet score that is not part of the standard repertoire done all the time. (Those works are largely printed and available for sale from Kalmus or Lucks). While digital printing has made life much better in many areas of music publishing, sets of parts for large works remain a very expensive thing to properly print.
Carolus wrote:I note that you (Mark) have a fair number of your own orchestrations of some interesting and unusual repertoire in the online catalog linked above. Would you be willing to make some of these scores available for free download in return for direct links to the page where performance material can be obtained?
Carolus wrote:Philip, as an editor and orchestrator yourself, what are your feelings about making scores available and retaining rental (or sales) options for parts? This is somewhat related to the whole question which has arisen about how we handle composers whose copyrighted works have been made available here. There surely must be a happy medium between giving everything away for free on the one hand (not that there's anything wrong with that) and the type of outright rapine lootery practiced by the proprietors of the Purcell King Arthur edition referenced at the CDPL forum.
Carolus wrote: If you can set up a page for each such work on your site, it's simple enough for us to make an external link template to instantly transport someone interested in parts for some score on the wiki.
IMSLP wrote: While we would be happy to pursue this project, IMSLP will still (and will always) welcome the submission of parts to the same extent as before, even on pages directly covered by this project.
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