What's the best way to get this sheet music?
March 24, 2014 6:09 AM   Subscribe

I'm hoping to have our pianist play Modest Mussorgsky's Promenade I from Pictures at an Exhibition as a prelude for our wedding. Please help me get the right sheet music!

I'm trying to get this song and I'm pretty sure the name is right (but there are multiple Promenades in Pictures at an Exhibition).

The music coordinator said I need to get them the sheet music ASAP, but I'm trying to figure out what the best/easiest/fastest way to get it is. I found musicnotes.com that offers it inexpensively and in a digital format, so I think I would get it immediately? Has anyone used that site before? I'm a little nervous abut giving payment information to a random website.

I also came across his page on IMSLP but as far as I can tell it doesn't offer sheet music for the portion I want (at least not for a single pianist).

posted by brilliantine to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
It's right there on your IMSLP link: 2.1.1. "selections," first entry. That's as far as I can see the first promenade.
posted by Namlit at 6:17 AM on March 24, 2014

Best answer: IMSLP has several copies of the original piano version... just a little buried.
posted by rhymes with carrots at 6:20 AM on March 24, 2014

Best answer: There's a PDF available on the Mutopia project, and it's free with a Creative Commons license.
posted by bcwinters at 6:26 AM on March 24, 2014

You are, of course, free to choose any music you wish for your wedding (congratulations!). You should be aware that Promenade is in 11/4 (5/4-6/4 compound meter) and while at a walking tempo is ironically a little odd to walk to.

For looking for the music, you just want to make sure that you get Mussorgsky's score (his pal, Rimsky-Korsakov did a full orchestration which escalated the piece's exposure and oddly enough I've seen piano reductions based on Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestration based on Mussorgsky's original). This is the type of thing I would also expect in a decent brick and mortar store or even a piano store as well as it is easy piano.
posted by plinth at 6:57 AM on March 24, 2014

Response by poster: Thanks everyone! And just to clarify plinth, this is for when people are arriving and getting settled. We're walking to a different piece.
posted by brilliantine at 8:33 AM on March 24, 2014

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