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Music preparation guidelines for composers
« on: February 08, 2019, 04:09:39 PM »
Here's a nice list of formating guidelines for scores and parts, presented by the Mostly Modern Festival:

https://mostlymodernfestival.org/music-preparation-guidelines-for-composers/

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Re: Music preparation guidelines for composers
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2019, 06:57:11 PM »
That seems useful, Jay.
 
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Re: Music preparation guidelines for composers
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2019, 07:15:26 PM »
Thanks for the information.

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Re: Music preparation guidelines for composers
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2019, 11:01:39 AM »
Here in Canada 9x12 or 9.5x12.5 are the standard for parts, though the latter is more often used for piano music, and chamber works.

Scores, as prepared by the Canadian Music Centre, are generally 11x14 or for very large orchestral scores 11x17, but the format 12x 14 and 12x18 is also available. I almost invariably use 11x14 for my orchestral scores, reducing the size of staves on any pages where systems might be too tight a squeeze.

I would disagree with one point made in those guidelines you posted: NEVER ever use 8.5x11. It is a completely unacceptable size for printing music of any sort. I would suggest never sending in part to a professional ensemble that are prepared on 8.5x11 either.
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Re: Music preparation guidelines for composers
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2019, 11:58:45 AM »
At least with my little string orchestra, all the parts we have ever used have been printed on 8.5x11 sheets. But then again, we are not in any way a professional orchestra  :)

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Re: Music preparation guidelines for composers
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2019, 12:23:27 PM »
many amateur and community groups use loose leaf printed parts on letter sized paper. this comes from photocopying the parts.
in that context it is understandable, since community groups rarely have large budgets to pay for parts.

but for anything being sent to a professional ensemble, parts should be on 9x12 or 9.5x12.5

the MOLA guildelines insist on 9.5x12.5 or even larger, for instrumental parts.
(MOLA = Major Orchestra Librarians' Association)
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Re: Music preparation guidelines for composers
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2019, 02:39:38 PM »
I've found 9.5 x 12.5 to be the best for parts, though 9 x 12 is acceptable if it's a smaller work. 10 x 13 parts tend to get ruined in folders since they are just a little too big.
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