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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Informative Guide to Find Music Sheets, Sheet Music and Free Lessons to Improve Your Skills to Read Sheet Music and tips for musicians, Books, Reviews and much more."



New York


online free sheet music and dealers

and commentary, classification (by instrument type)


analyticalQ links

Use UK Street Map to find it.

Classical music sources in London - 25 June 96
good description and comment (opening hours) but needs updating.

Recorders Home Page - plus lots of addresses and information on where to get music scores

Dr Downing's Dealers - sheet music dealers in England

The Incorporated Society of Musicians, its list of music publishers, and its list of universities and conservatories (libraries contain music books) tel: 0207 629 4413

Royal Holloway Univ. of London's links

Yale University Music Library - links - good categorisation

Werner Icking Music Archive lots of free sheet music - in PDF format

If you don't know what you're looking for, try browsing web sites, music libraries, or music book stores.
If you know what you're looking for, how do you find it? Ask your friends? Searching for free sheet music on the Web is not trivial. First-hand music is expensive. Searching for cheap second-hand music is hardest of all.
If you are desperate for a particular piece of music, don't have much time and are willing to spend the money, then you best visit or call a music store.
If you have time, then search the Web or visit a second-hand book store.
If you have time but don't want to spend money, then search the Web or visit libraries.










First-hand music:

Chappells of Bond Street
50 New Bond Street
tel: 0207 491 2777
tube: Bond Street (southeast), Oxford Circus (southwest)

Boosey & Hawkes
295 Regent Street
London W1R 8JH
tel: 0800 731 4778, 0207 291 7255
tube: Oxford Circus (north)

Kensington Music Shop
9 Harrington Road
London SW7 3ES
tel: 0207 589 9054
tube: South Kensington (west)

48 Great Marlborough Street
London W1F 7BB
tel: 0207 437 1246
tube: Oxford Circus (southeast)

United Music Publishers
42 Rivington Street
London EC2A 3BN
tel: 0207 729 4700
tubes: Old Street (east), Shoreditch (west)
French music publishers

Foyles Bookstore 3rd floor
113-119 Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0EB
tel: 0207 437 5660
tubes: Tottenham Court Road (south), Leicester Square (north)

Argent Printed Music
20 Denmark Street
London WC2H 8NA
tel: 0207 379 3384
tube: Tottenham Court Road (southeast)

All Flutes Plus
5 Dorset Street
London W1H 3FE
tel: 0207 935 3339

Bridgewood & Neitzert
146 Stoke Newington Street
tel: 0207 249 9398

Chas E. Foote
10 golden Square
tel: 0207 437 1811

Guivier & Co.
99 Mortimer Street
tel: 0207 580 2560

31 Chiltern Street
tel: 0207 935 2407

Ivor Mairants
56 Rathbone Place
tel: 0207 636 1481

Phil Parker
106a Crawford Street
London W1H 1AL
tel: 0207 486 8206

11 Denmark Street
tel: 0207 836 0991

Studio Music
77-79 Dudden Hill Lane
tel: 0208 830 0110

Top Wind
2 Lower Marsh
tel: 0207 401 8787


Second-hand music:

Archive Bookstore
83 Bell Street
London NW1 6TB
tel: 0207 402 8212
tube: Marylebone (zone 1, Bakerloo Line)

The entire basement is full of second-hand sheet music and books; a treasure hunt for the scavenger; lots of excellent deals from 40 pence to £10. Mostly piano, but lots of string quartets, opera, and books.

Travis & Emery
tel: 0207 240 2129
tube: Leicester Square (walk south on Charing Cross Road and turn left).

Fewer scores than the Archive, but better organised and hence more expensive.

Decorum Books (IPQ)
24 Cloudesley Square
London N1 OHN
Mail/fax/phone orders only
tel: 020 7278 1838

Libraries with big music sections

Just about all major public libraries in London carry music scores. Don't forget to try libraries of music departments of universities and conservatories.

UK Public Libraries on the Web

Victoria (SW1)

Swiss Cottage (NW6)

Ealing (W5)