The thread about “great moments in music” reminded me about a project I’ve had in mind for a while:
I want to do an all-synthesized version of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Rodeo (inspired by Wendy Carlos’ Switched-on-X stuff). I want to call it 808: Hoedown. Not for profit, or anything, of course – just for fun.
The problem is that I have no musical talent, and can just barely read music. So there’s no way I could reproduce it from memory, or even by ear, so I’m going to need the sheet music. All the online resources I’ve been able to find, though, seem to be targeted towards school music programs and such, selling only complete orchestral arrangements for hundreds of dollars.
How do people who are just casual fans/performers of music do it? Is there any relatively-affordable way to get a fairly-complete arrangement (as in, not $50 for just the timpani part) of a specific piece of music?