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    Default Where to find orchestra parts for Bach Cantatas

    My choir is performing three Bach Cantatas (106, 161, 182) with orchestra and I am on the hunt for orchestral scores that may be in the public domain (as we cannot afford purchasing them). The ones found at imslp.org are insufficient and at times have errors; similarly for bach-cantatas.com.
    Can anyone point me to other sources, where I might find orchestral parts including continuo? Thank you in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RICK RIEKERT View Post
    It doesn't say anything about parts, but more importantly is THIS at the bottom:

    Warning: The score files & examples in the Bach Cantatas Website are for educational purposes only. Any distribution or commercial use of these files & examples is absolutely forbidden. Use of these without permission from the authors/owners is an infringement of rights reserved.
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    Thanks, I had tried that site already. It gave me a bit of what I needed but not all.

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    Buy some sheet music, nothing in life is free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    Buy some sheet music, nothing in life is free.
    Nonsense. IMSLP begs to differ.

    Marzik, try this link. There are loads of PDF scores here.

    https://imslp.org/wiki/List_of_works...Sebastian_Bach

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    Scores are easier to get than parts. They need both.

    But meanwhile, I keep wondering why someone would plan a program before acquiring everything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vasks View Post
    Scores are easier to get than parts. They need both.
    In Bach's time parts were copied by hand from the score. People still have that option.
    Last edited by premont; Yesterday at 22:12.

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    Quote Originally Posted by premont View Post
    In Bach's time parts were copied by hand from the score. People still have that option.
    Of course. Slow, tedious and if the folks wanting them can't do it themselves, then they have to spend $$ for an engraver to do it. Meanwhile the OP stated that they're looking for parts.
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