OpenScore: Choosing a source edition

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The source edition is the score (usually a PDF file) that you are basing your transcription on. You must choose a source edition before you can reserve a piece to transcribe for OpenScore.

Rules for source editions

The source edition used for all OpenScore transcriptions:

  • must be available on IMSLP
    • If an edition is not on IMSLP but is available elsewhere then consider uploading it to IMSLP yourself.
  • must be in the public domain worldwide (in all major countries/regions)

    • We can only accept transcriptions of editions that say "Copyright: Public Domain" or "Copyright: Creative Commons Zero" and that do not say "Non-PD [Region]".

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For the purposes of OpenScore you can disregard any other copyright notices on the work page or composer page as these are not relevant. Only the license displayed next to the edition is important for OpenScore.

Additional guidelines

The most important factors when choosing between editions are:

  • scan quality - few missing or obscured notes and symbols
  • completeness - no missing movements or pages
  • compliance with the composer's original and/or the traditional interpretation

Where possible, we prefer:

  • printed editions over handwritten manuscripts
    • this applies even if the manuscript is the original (unless the printed edition is very inaccurate)
  • full scores rather than individual parts
    • unless the full score is missing/incomplete/inferior compared to the parts
  • a single complete edition rather than multiple incomplete editions
    • you may make use of secondary editions only to fill in details which are obscured or ambiguous in the primary edition

Referencing IMSLP editions

We refer to IMSLP editions by their reference number (e.g. #52624).

You can find the edition from its reference number by:

Please note that some IMSLP editions are split into multiple files, but this still counts as one edition!

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