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Downloading sheet music is now becoming more popular on the Internet. Many stores also offer ways for you to transpose music to an instrument in a different key instantly, which can save you a lot of time and trouble. A good place to start viewing downloadable music is AllegroAssai.com. They have a selection of music available for many different instruments at a minimal cost.
There are many great resources for people new to classical music. A good place to find terms that may seem unfamiliar to you is with Miles Hoffman's book, "The NPR Classical Music Companion: Terms and Concepts from A to Z." This easy to use reference will help you understand what everybody else is talking about.
There is a growing number of online music stores. These websites offer databases where you can search for music in your instrument and preferred genre, then purchase the music online. One of the largest and more complete online music databases is J. W. Pepper (www.jwpepper.com). This continuously growing website offers sheet music for individual instruments, band music, orchestral music, choir music, and church music from many different publishers.
The New Grove Dictionary of Music often includes locations of composer's manuscripts in the lists of composer's works. These are provided at the end of articles for major composers. Some collections of original manuscripts are housed in national libraries or prominent music libraries and are available to scholars for research purposes.
When choosing a musical score, try to find an edition that most closely matches the composer's original score. Most performance editions are edited by a performer or teacher who may have added pedalings, slurs, fingerings and phrasing indications, without explaining his or her editorial decisions. Dover and Henle are just two publishers that preserve the original notation.
Buying a collection of music is an easy way to expand your sheet music collection without spending a lot of money. There are many different kinds of collections for any instrument available. Wise Publications offers a piano series titled, "The Complete Piano Player Collection". The series contains classical music even easy enough for the beginner.
Composer, Johannes Brahms (b.1833 d.1897), has been considered one of the world's greatest symphony composers. In his lifetime he wrote four symphonies, it is noted that a reading of Sophocles' play, Oedipus Rex, inspired his final symphonic work. Many orchestral scores are available in their entirety with historical essays and the original markings from the composer themselves. The Fourth Symphony (Opus 98) is available in an edition published by Norton Critical Scores.