Looking for piano music
September 28, 2009 12:50 PM   Subscribe

Please help me find some sheet music. The piano is finally out of storage, tuned, ready to play and I cannot find my favorite sheet music. ARGH. The Gayaneh Ballet Suite; by Aram Khatchurian (I've tried various spellings of the last name and of the ballet name), arranged for solo piano. A friend gave me a Russian language edition in high school. it's missing and I cannot find a publisher. There's a shop in town that can order it, if I can find a publisher.

I am specifically looking for the suite that includes the adagio (which was used as part of the soundtrack in 2001). It's either suite 1 or suite 3. It is NOT suite 2. I am NOT looking for the Sabre Dance. I've been able to locate full concert band scores and a score for trumpet and piano, but that's not what I need. At this point, I'd be willing to shell out for the whole damn ballet if that's what it takes to get another copy of this sheet music.

If it's completely out of print, which is more than possible, does anyone know a good source for out of print sheet music?
posted by crush-onastick to Media & Arts (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
You could also just buy it online. Here's one source and using The Google gives even more.

Note that there are a couple of spellings - with and without the "h" (that I saw).
posted by Man with Lantern at 12:59 PM on September 28, 2009

...which of course is the No 2 that you don't want. Apologies.
posted by Man with Lantern at 1:00 PM on September 28, 2009

Response by poster: That link is a full study score. I need the pieces arranged for solo piano. The zen pocket study score also is a full score, not the pieces arranged for solo piano, and is, in any event, too small to read while playing. It's for following along while you're listening.
posted by crush-onastick at 1:04 PM on September 28, 2009

Suite No. 3 is the one with the Adagio (it's movement IV). The trick will be finding an arrangement for piano.
posted by jedicus at 1:05 PM on September 28, 2009

Best answer: Okay, looks like the Washington University in St. Louis music library has a copy. Does the publisher or arranger look familiar?
posted by jedicus at 1:38 PM on September 28, 2009

Response by poster: That looks like a good lead, jedicus. My copy was entirely in Cyrillic (I only know which piece it is because I randomly heard it flipping past 2001 on the teevee), so I have no idea who the arranger was. I'd recognize it if I saw the sheet music, but thanks, that's good additional information for searching. Maybe I can drive to St Louis and copy it, since in 20 years, I've never managed to memorize it.
posted by crush-onastick at 2:40 PM on September 28, 2009

On my phone w. Baby in other hand. Can find for you when SO is home. :)
posted by k8t at 2:51 PM on September 28, 2009

I know I can get this b.c it sits on every piano in Armenia. Put it as my FB status to ask someone to scan. If no replies, my former officemate's mom is a piano instructor and will have it.
posted by k8t at 2:56 PM on September 28, 2009 [2 favorites]

Best answer: If you don't want to drive to St. Louis, the Northwestern Music Library has the same edition jedicus found; the call number is M 3 .K4 v.10. Also, the Chicago Public Library has this American version, which appears to include the Adagio you want (though it may be a different arranger.)
posted by Johnny Assay at 3:02 PM on September 28, 2009

Oops, forgot to link to the record in the Northwestern library catalog.
posted by Johnny Assay at 3:06 PM on September 28, 2009

Response by poster: Johnny, fabulous! I never even thought to look in Chicago Public Library. I have to go there this week and renew some overdue stuff, so I'll just pick it up when I'm there. Thanks for the offer, k8t; if the library fails me, I'll definitely take you up on it!

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posted by crush-onastick at 4:26 PM on September 28, 2009

Okay Crush-onastick. I won't aggressively pursue until I hear from you. Shouldn't be too much trouble though.
posted by k8t at 6:51 PM on September 28, 2009

Oh and for future reference, within the USSR, he spelled his name Khachaturyan and Gayane is spelled as such.
posted by k8t at 6:54 PM on September 28, 2009

Response by poster: thanks, k8t, but my mom found most of my music, including the Gayane, in her basement, so I have it again!
posted by crush-onastick at 3:10 PM on December 2, 2009

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