Having a Web Site dealing with the music of Classic Television and Old-Time Radio, we sometimes get EMail from a person trying to find a copy of printed Sheet Music for a THEME or Advertising Jingle.
As you see on our Web Site, this is a research site to identify the music themes and composers of Radio and Television and other Light Music. We are not in the business of selling Sheet Music or recordings at this point in time.
But here are some tips on how to track down TV Theme and Advertising Jingle Sheet Music yourself:
Finding out-of-print Sheet Music and Folio Books at large libraries
This is often the best sources for the more obscure Classic TV Themes. Sheet Music may be bound on the shelves as individual compositions. Or you may find themes as part of a collection in a Sheet Music Folio Book. Check both public and university music libraries. For greater selection you might consider taking a field trip to a large city library. Usually library policies allows photocopying for non-commercial "fair-use" research or educational purposes. But check with the library in advance if you are not sure. Many have web sites. If you want a large number of themes, you can also check out these folio books from the library and do the photocopying at a copying service bureau.
TV Theme Sheet Music Folio Books
Here are 18 TV Theme Sheet Music folio books for piano, piano/vocal or organ -- which may or may not be out-of-print -- which you might find in libraries around the U.S.:
Advertising Jingle Sheet Music Folio Books
Here are 5 Advertising Jingle Sheet Music folio books for piano or piano/vocal or organ -- which may or may not be out-of-print -- which you might find in libraries around the U.S.:
Library Hours and Online Catalogs
Important tip: Libraries have unusual hours -- closed some weekdays and state holidays. Check their Web Sites or call them for current hours and days.
Music stores that sell published Sheet Music
Although most music stores sell current stock, there are some times when a folio book may have been on the shelf for a few years, and can be found that way. At the very least, you might be able to browse through some of the recently published folio books from the above Sheet Music publishers.
We only know of a few relatively large music stores left which carry very much printed music in stock, most catering to School Band/Orchestra/Music Directors. Here they are:
Companies that publish Sheet Music
Although Sheet Music was at one time the mainstay of all music publishers, it has become eroded into a specialty niche market, with only a few companies publishing printed music. Most so-called music publishers today are little more than accounting offices. They sign deals with Sheet Music publishers to create piano or piano/vocal arrangements of their catalog for a certain period of time.
Other Miscellaneous source ideas
Sheet Music Plus (Online Sheet Music Store)
Best of luck with your search,
--The Staff of ClassicThemes.Com
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