Please visit score submission guide after reading this page, if you intend to submit works.
The following are some basic rules that all score submissions should follow:
- All submissions must be public domain or have a CC-SA or similar license.
- Score submissions should usually be scanned in black and white, unless color is used purposefully in the score (I've only encountered one colored score to date, so 99.9% of submissions should be B&W). Color scores are much larger in file size than black and white scores. Also, grayscale may be permitted if it enhances legibility.
- All file submissions should either be PDF, DJVU, or in a music notation software file format (currently only Finale and Sibelius files are accepted). A full list of file formats can be found here.
- When choosing a file name, please include the composer's last name and the work title (i.e. Mozart_-_Symphony_No_40.pdf). It is recommended that an ebook format (PDF/DJVU) of the score be submitted for all music notation format (FIN/SIB) files, because there are differences in formatting between different Finale/Sibelius versions, but this is not required. It is also strongly recommended that when submitting a music notation format file, the version of the music notation program used be noted in the "Misc. notes" box on the file submission form. Do not submit two ebook formats or two music notation formats, since they are redundant.
Guidelines for Special Cases
a) Submission of Parts
- Please submit all parts to the page of that particular piece, i.e. do not submit parts to a separate page.
- If a page for that piece does not exist, please create one for that piece itself (i.e. do not specify "parts" in the page title).
- When submitting multiple parts for a piece, please zip them and submit them as one file.
b) Submission of Incomplete Pieces (Movements from a Work)
- Please submit them to the page of the entire piece, i.e. do not create a seperate page for each movement.
- If a page for that piece does not exist, please create one for that piece itself (i.e. do not specify movement in page title).
- For all IMSLP purposes, sections of an opera will be treated like movements of a work.
c) Submission of Incomplete Piece Sets (Works from a Set)
- If the work is short (for example, an one page work) or usually part of a collection (for example, Tchaikovsky's Seasons), please submit the work to the page of the entire work set, i.e. do not create a seperate page for each seperate work within the set.
- If the work is long (for example, one of the six Beethoven String Quartets Op.18), please submit it to a seperate page.
- When in doubt, put the work as part of a collection (#1), and contact staff (see bottom of page).
- If a page for the entire work set, or a seperate page for any work in the set already exists, please follow suit.
d) Submission of a Replacement or a Different Edition
- Please clarify in the comments box on the submission page if the submission is intended to completely replace an earlier version (i.e. same edition, much better scanning quality); the default assumption will be a different edition. If it is a different edition, you can also comment on whether the scanning quality is better or worse than previous submissions, but this is optional.
e) Submission of a Transcription, Arrangment, or Reorchestration
- Please submit such works to the work page of the original work. For example, Ravel's orchestration of Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition should be submitted to the work page of Mussorgsky's original work, and not a seperate page.
- Please indicate that the file is not the original work in the "File description" field.
When in Doubt...
You can do the following:
- Post the score in the way you think best, and then
- Post an entry in the Moderator Request section of the forums, or
- Contact staff via the IMSLP staff contact list.