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Are there usable free sources for (symphonic) orchestra scores?

I'm talking about legal sources for pieces that are now in public domain.

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Some of the works that you may think are in the public domain in the US have had their copyrights retroactively renewed. chronicle.com/article/A-Professors-Fight-Over/127700 –  Tangurena Jun 2 '11 at 0:25
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@Tangurena Fortunately I don't have to care about USA copyright laws. –  Let_Me_Be Jun 2 '11 at 7:54
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Don't overlook your local library. I find that university libraries (especially when they have a music program) will have a lot more sheet music than you might think (if your library uses Library of Congress indexing, look under M). Many city public libraries carry orchestral and operatic scores as well (usually at the "main" or "downtown" branch).

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Usually it's not legal to copy those. –  Let_Me_Be Apr 27 '11 at 15:03
    
@Let_Me_Be: you are right, they are only for private study purpose. But it can help to decide if you want to use it with your orchestra and look harder for a free source version, invest in commercial material, etc. –  ogerard May 13 '11 at 18:09
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