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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from my bookmarks:

plus in French:


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).

  • Usually it's not legal to copy those. Commented Apr 27, 2011 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
    Commented May 13, 2011 at 18:09
  • You don't need to copy them. As a kid with little money, I would borrow one or two at a time, study them for a few weeks, and swap them for others. If I wanted them for longer, I could always renew them as no one else ever requested them.
    – badjohn
    Commented Sep 8, 2020 at 6:21

To add to @cardian's list:



Along the lines of @Tangurena's mention of the local library, you can check things out (pun intended) globally through inter-library loan. Try looking at https://www.worldcat.org/.

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