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  • Prices of Music Monographs and Scores as Reflected in Notes, 2000-2005
  • Paula Hickner (bio)

This column follows the format as laid out in previous years. All numbers presented here are based on data drawn from this journal's "Books Recently Published" and "Music Received" columns. Books and scores reviewed in Notes and imprints before 2003 are not included in the 2005 figures. No distinction is made between paperback and hardback editions, or between volumes issued with accompanying materials (CDs, CD-ROMs, etc.) and those without. If prices are available for both paperback and hardback editions, the price of the hardback edition has been used. Likewise, if a book is available in hardcopy and as an electronic text, the price of the hardcopy has been used.

As before, price trends for books are given as a whole and also by language: English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Out of 1,575 books from the "Books Recently Published" columns in 2005, 1,337 (85 percent) have been used in calculating this year's price trends. Not included in the 2005 figures are 202 books with imprints before 2003, thirty-two books without available prices, two books which had each been listed twice, and two books which, at the time of this writing, were available only as free downloads from Web sites. Broken down by language, the total number of books included in this year's figures are: English, 835 of 950 (88 percent); French, 101 of 116 (87 percent); German, 209 of 252 (83 percent); Italian, 112 of 129 (87 percent); and Spanish, 80 of 128 (63 percent).

As with books, data for scores as a whole are given first, followed by six score categories. Categories of scores used in "Music Received" do not always correspond directly with categories in this column. In those cases, this compiler has placed the score in the most appropriate or closely related category. A total of 464 scores were listed in the 2005 "Music Received" columns. Of the 464 scores, 366 (79 percent) met the criterion of having an imprint date of 2003 or later and were not choral octavos. Prices were available for all scores in this survey. [End Page 329]

All prices are reported in U.S. dollars and reflect retail prices; they do not reflect discounts or special sale pricing. When given, prices listed in the "Music Received" columns were used in compiling the data. Prices not given in Notes were obtained from a number of online sources including, but not limited to: Theodore Front Musical Literature (; Otto Harrassowitz (; Casalini Libri (; Puvill Libros (; and its various international sites (; and individual publishers' sites. Prices were converted to U.S. dollars during the week of 18 June 2006 using the Universal Currency Converter (

Although every effort was made to collect and report data accurately, errors and inconsistencies may exist; please use the data with this in mind. This column is intended to show general trends in pricing of music materials and should be used only as a guide to collection-development planning.

The definitions for the categories are:

  • Monographs: Books that are typically classified in the Library of Congress classification schedule at ML or MT. All books with an imprint date of 2003 or later, whether issued as installments in a publisher's continuation under a distinctive series title or issued individually, are included.

  • Historical and monumental editions: Critical editions of scores usually representing specific ethnic, national, geographical, or chronological repertories, or the compositions of a particular individual. These scores are typically classified in the Library of Congress classification schedule at M2, M3, and M3.1. Historical and monumental editions usually appear with critical apparatus, and include facsimile editions not intended primarily for performance. Titles issued with parts or an accompanying volume of critical notes are counted as one item.

  • Large instrumental works: Orchestral works, concertos, wind ensembles, and band music. Full scores present the notation for all the performing forces required by a composition simultaneously, by means of vertical and horizontal alignment and placement upon each page.

  • Multivoice vocal works: Operas...


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