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Where can I find contemporary piano sheet music for sale in an original hard copy format (not PDF)? Maybe I'm old fashioned, however, I remember when sheet music was sold in an individually printed format with an artfully selected cover.

closed as off-topic by Bradd Szonye, Tim, Richard, ttw, Todd Wilcox May 2 '17 at 0:49

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  • You could try Abebooks.com, they have an extra category sheet music and ordering that by publication year ascending should give some interesting results. – guidot May 1 '17 at 16:36
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    Lots of places sell sheet music in the UK. But where are you? – JimM May 1 '17 at 22:25
  • I'm so sad they don't have amazon.com wherever you live. – Todd Wilcox May 2 '17 at 0:48
  • This question actually comes up in my music store fairly often, and I don't think it is off topic. The submitter isn't asking for a specific sheet music recommendation, but for resources to find the music. Finding the music on Amazon is easy for the computer literate, but not easy if you don't know the search terms to use. I'll add that to my answer. And, @ToddWilcox , your comment might be read as "snarky" and discouraging to new users that are still figuring out how to ask good questions. – Alphonso Balvenie May 2 '17 at 17:03
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    @AlphonsoBalvenie I found the search terms "sheet music" and "piano sheet music" to be extremely effective. Ok sorry about being snarky, and not sorry about pointing out that the resources for physical sheet music are pretty much the same as they have always been, maybe more online than before, but guitar center still has racks of tab books. Resource requests are specifically off topic as detailed in the help center, regardless of when and where outside of Music.SE they are asked. If you would prefer that resource requests be considered on topic, you can bring that up in the meta. – Todd Wilcox May 2 '17 at 18:59
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The big publishers / distributors still print selected single sheet pieces, although their catalogues tend towards books and compilations now, which people are more likely to still purchase in hard copy, especially methods and educational materials.

The market for single pieces is moving to print-on-demand web services, with the big distributors either buying print-on-demand companies, or starting their own services.

One of the distributors, Hal Leonard has a section on their site for single sheet pieces. I wans't able to find singe sheet on a quick look from Carl Fischer Music but I know they produce singles for classical pieces.

Your local music store may stock some selected singles, and most large product distributors can provide sheet music to the store, so they can likely order the music for you if you have something specific that you want.

EDIT: To find a list of sheet music on Amazon.com for individual songs, use the search term "single sheet music". They don't seem to have categories of music types for filtering, so you will have to know what pieces you want, or browse through the list. It doesn't look like the distributors have their full catalogue of singles available there either.

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You can get them on Amazon, but it's much cheaper to download and print pdfs. If you don't have a printer, go to a local printing shop. You can download them for free on sites like musescore.org and for very low prices (or free, but that is limited to 5 downloads of different pieces a day) at musopen.org

  • Pretty much any brick & mortar music store too. Even the piano department at Guitar Center. – Bradd Szonye May 1 '17 at 18:15
  • I live in India and we don't have these stores here, so I didn't include them. – NullCoderExists May 2 '17 at 1:24

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