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« on: Sep 02, 2007, 10:58AM »

This was mentioned in the "Free Music Anyone?" thread awhile ago, but I figured it needed it's own thread to tell how great it is.

The International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) is, as it says, a database full of a few thousand complete, orchestral scores that are in the public domain which users contribute to every day.

I check it out daily to see if something new is up and almost every day, there's something good to download and save.

Just yesterday, a guy submitted Mahler 5 and Mahler 6. His 1st and 8th symphonies are already up as well as Kindertotenlieder and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. I'm anxiously waiting the others, but I have a feeling they're going to come within this next week!

The scores I have saved to my computer thus far are:
Barber's Adagio for Strings
Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique
Borodin's Steppes of Central Asia
Brahms' 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th symphonies as well as his Academic Festival Overture and Tragic Overture
Bruckner's 1st, 2nd, 4th and 7th symphonies
Dvorak's 8th and 9th symphonies along with the Violin Concerto
Holst's The Planets Suite
Mahler's 1st, 5th, 6th, and 8th symphonies
Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition (Ravel) and Night on Bald Mountain
Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf
Rachmaninoff's 2nd and 3rd Piano Concertos
Ravel's Bolero, Daphnis et Chloe, and La Valse (these are in the Canadian public domain, and because they have a server in Canada, Americans and other foreigners may download "at your own discretion")
Respighi's Pines of Rome
Schumann's 3rd Symphony
Scriabin's Op. 8
Sibelius's Finlandia
and finally,
Tchaikovsky's 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th symphonies, 1812 Overture, Capriccio Italien, Marche Slav, the Nutcracker Suite, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd piano concertos, Violin Concerto, and Romeo and Juliet Suite

One of these days, I'm going to make a CD and bring these all to Kinkos to get bound!

Try this place out. It's pretty amazing!
 

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« Reply #1 on: Sep 02, 2007, 07:27PM »

O.o thanks!!!!!  :D :D :D
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« Reply #2 on: Oct 21, 2007, 12:27PM »

I regret to inform you that he IMSLP has been subject of a take down notice.

See: http://imslp.org/ for details.

It seems while 70% or so of the music presented was public domain worldwide that due to the extensions of copyrights in the US and some other countries some of the content is still within coverage.

So since the site was essentially a one man operation it was ceased operation for now. Should you care to provide support you might want to visit the URL above and see what is happening currently, things are changing day to day.

You also might want to take the time to thank your legislators for extending the protection of dead composers rights for nearly forever.  Eeek!
 
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« Reply #3 on: Oct 21, 2007, 12:50PM »

ssherwick, the extension of copyright protection is a general result of the Walt Disney Company's continuing efforts to keep Mickey Mouse out of Public Domain.  Almost all of the extensions and revisions refer to works created in 1926 and later (when Mickey was first drawn) and as such many items that are of no general public interest except to some specialists remain protected and as such we may not reproduce them, even if there is nobody left to pay the royalties to.

So next time you tour Walt Disney World, watch a Disney DVD, or even watch ABC Television, thank Disney for the eternal copyright boundary. :(
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« Reply #4 on: Oct 22, 2007, 12:25PM »

I'm well aware of the situation including the history of the "Senator from Disney" ....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Hollings

For a company who made their start using public domain characters ....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow_White
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinderella

And more.

And then sues the Academy Awards show for misuse of their copywrited depiction of Snow White in a dance number and a small day care operation for having depictions of the seven dwarves on their fence.

Well words escape me.

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« Reply #5 on: Oct 24, 2007, 08:57AM »

For what it's worth :-)

Project Gutenberg has agreed to pick up and host what it legally can of the IMSLP.

See: http://yro.slashdot.org/yro/07/10/24/0325256.shtml

For details, time to donate some cash I guess :-)
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