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Alexander Street Partners With Music Sales Group To Grow Scores Library

November 20, 2013

(ALEXANDRIA, VA) – Alexander Street Press has partnered with the Music Sales Group—including Chester Music, Novello & Company, and Edition Wilhelm Hansen—to develop a third volume of the critically acclaimed Classical Scores Library online database.

Classical Scores Library: Volume III launches online with more than 140,000 pages of in-copyright scores, with a focus on modern editions. The collection is also the first of its kind to include works from renowned publishers Chester Music and Novello & Co. in fully digitized, cross-searchable format.

Over its centuries-long history, UK-based Chester Music has distinguished itself as a leading publisher and distributor in the classical and contemporary genres. Similarly, Novello & Company has spent nearly 200 years building its sterling reputation as a publisher of choral works and contemporary pieces. Both companies, along with Edition Wilhelm Hansen, are part of the Music Sales Group, the world’s largest independent publisher of classical music.

Volumes I and II of Classical Scores Library are among Alexander Street Press’s best-selling online academic collections. Collections in the series have earned accolades from numerous industry publications, including Booklist (“Classical Scores Library is amazing,”) and Choice (“highly recommended”).

 “We pride ourselves on including the broadest range of works from the strongest content partners,” says Liz Dutton, Music Editor at Alexander Street Press. “And these three publishers exemplify the range and quality we strive to provide to our customers.”

“It’s a pleasure to provide Alexander Street Press users with access to our scores collection,” says James Rushton, Music Sales Group Director. “We admire [the company’s] commitment to making these works accessible to libraries worldwide.”

Classical Scores Library: Volume III is the third edition in the acclaimed Classical Scores Library and will grow to include 400,000 pages of in-copyright scores. The collection is available now to academic, public, and school libraries worldwide via subscription or one-time purchase of perpetual rights.


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About the Music Sales Group
London-based Chester Music was founded in the 1860s as a distributor of classical music, and was the first publisher of many renowned composers, including Stravinsky. The company joined the Music Sales Group in 1988 and continues to publish pieces from contemporary classical composers.

Since 1829, Novello & Company has served as a leading publisher of choral music and influential educational periodicals. It joined the Music Sales Group in 1993 and maintains its reputation as a provider of new music and choral arrangements.

Edition Wilhelm Hansen, begun in 1857, is Scandinavia’s largest music publisher and a leading supplier of printed music, offering a catalogue of many of the region’s most celebrated composers, including Carl Nielsen, Jean Sibelius, and contemporary artists such as Per Nørgård.

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Alexander Street Press

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