Opera Parts

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    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #185801

    Can someone explain why so few opera parts are public domain? Verdi parts should be as public as the scores, I should think. What difference would their having been rental parts only make? Is it the same with ballet parts, all shows?

    Tacye on #185808

    Do you mean that they aren’t legally public domain, or that you can’t find copies to download over the internet?

    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #186090

    They’re not posted on the internet, though full scores are, and have been re-published by outfits like Kalmus, so it is odd that parts are not also equally available. Apparently, they still have to be rented.

    Tacye on #186092

    Most of the answer is practicalities, not a matter of copyright. The libraries that take part in large scanning projects own scores, but fewer libraries have collections of parts – and Verdi operas are less likely parts for them to have. The more copies of the parts exist the sooner an owner is likely to scan them.

    MusikFind1 on #186378

    >>Can someone explain why so few opera parts are public domain?

    Almost every opera part PUBLISHED before 1923 are PD and can be bought in the U.S. from Edwin F. Kalmus. LC.
    These are reprints of the uncorrected original Ricordi parts. The Critical edition parts under copyright are on rental from Ricordi/Boosey & Hawkes.

    http://www.efkalmus.com/ Click on Search Catalog http://www.efkalmus.com/kalorchsearch.php
    OR http://www.emsmusic.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=Verdi&Submit=Search

    Examples of available harp parts:
    A2342 VERDI Aida: Parts $40.00 each.
    A5474 VERDI Attila: Parts $30.00 each.
    A2346 VERDI Un Ballo in Maschera: Parts $42.50 each.
    A4611 VERDI La Battaglia di Legnano: Parts $30.00 each.
    A4612 VERDI Don Carlo: Parts $42.50 each.
    A8144 VERDI I Due Foscari: Parts $27.50 each.
    A2344 VERDI Ernani: Parts $35.00 each.
    A2345 VERDI Falstaff: Parts $50.00 each.
    A2347 VERDI La Forza del Destino: Parts $35.00 each harp part.
    A4613 VERDI Giovanna d’Arco: Parts $30.00 each.
    A5141 VERDI Luisa Miller: Parts $35.00 each
    A3177 VERDI Macbeth (1865 version): Parts $30.00 each
    A4614 VERDI Nabucco: Parts $32.50 each harp part..
    A2343 VERDI Otello: Parts $30.00 each.
    A2341 VERDI La Traviata: Parts $35.00 each.
    A2340 VERDI Il Trovatore: Parts $ 42.50 each.
    A4616 VERDI I Vespri Siciliani: Parts $ 50.00 each.

    All opera parts by Puccini are for sale from Kalmus except for Turandot which is still under copyright in the U.S. It is ©1926 in the completion by Alfano. That work is on rental only from Ricordi/Boosey & Hawkes.

    Sylvia on #186379

    I own both parts of Turandot. I don’t remember what company I bought it from. I buy from Kalmus and Luck’s Music Library…so maybe it was Luck’s.
    It says Ricordi (printed in Italy).
    I also own the score.

    MusikFind1 on #186380

    Boosey & Hawkes has enforced the U.S. copyright law so that Turandot, Complete Opera parts are no longer for sale from Luck’s.
    I do not see a listing that Kalmus ever sold the parts.

    Franco Alfano dates (8 March 1875 – 27 October 1954) would keep the work under copyright in the EU until after 2024.

    Sylvia on #186405

    Thank goodness I have it! We haven’t played it, but if the maestro even talks about an opera, I get it, just in case.
    Looks like I got under the wire on this one. I don’t remember what year I bought it.

    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #186735

    Kalmus only prints public domain music, as far as I know, so I am surprised if they are not all on imslp, but perhaps no one has wanted to upload them. We are not a high priority for nonharpists, as we know.

    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #186736

    It is interesting that in some Verdi operas, the harp parts are only in one act, or are just one solo passage. He was merciful to us!

    MusikFind1 on #186761

    From the Edwin F. Kalmus LC. website:
    “Welcome to the greatest collection of orchestral and operatic music ever available from a single source. With nearly 8000 titles in print, the Edwin F. Kalmus catalog includes high-quality reprints of standard editions along with completely new orchestrations, performance, urtext and critical editions, and new works published for the first time.”

    From the IMSLP website “Works reprinted by Edwin F. Kalmus 1,185 total scanned on IMSLP.”

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