Frequently Asked Questions
How can I make a purchase?
You may make a purchase online through this website, or "offline" via telephone or email.
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What are the shipping options?
You can read CAMco's shipping options here.
When will I receive my order?
CAMco typically ships within one day of receiving your order. Your chosen delivery option, as well as your distance from the state of Massachusetts USA, will determine the remaining time. See CAMco's shipping options for estimated delivery times.
I only received part of my order—where is the rest of it?
If an item wasn't in stock when you placed your order, then it will ship separately at no extra charge as soon as it comes available.* You will be notified of the expected availability for any back-ordered items. Please note that CAMco cannot guarantee the exact release date of back-ordered items, since this is determined by the publishing companies.
*International customers will have to pay shipping charges for any additional partial shipments, but they may choose to wait for their entire order to become available and ship as a single package.
How do I return an item?
You can read CAMco's return policy here.
The music that I received is wrong/damaged.
Please contact CAMco and an arrangement will be made to get you the right music in the right condition!
What is the purpose of making a CAMco customer account?
When you create a customer account, you may keep addresses on file for speedier checkout, and also see your order history.
How do I reset my customer account password?
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Searching the Site
How do I find anything on this site?
CAMco enables you to explore the clarinet repertoire by a variety of search tools. The three major methods are:
1) by instrument - choose exact combinations of instruments
2) by filter - choose one or more search points, like composer name, year, duration, diffi culty, publisher, etc.
3) by collection - choose specially chosen genres like jazz style, scale exercises, or books with audio accompaniment
You may also use the search bar at the top of every page to make an "exhaustive" keyword search.
Where is the list of composers?
You can search by composer here, on the filter bar.
Where is the list of publishers?
You can search by publisher here, on the filter bar.
What is the difference between a "strict" and "flexible" instrument search?
Depending on your needs, you may prefer to see a more inclusive list of possibilities when searching by instrument. CAMco's site uniquely offers two levels of specificity:
1) strict - choose instrument types (ex: "show me works which have 1 B-flat Clarinet, 1 Violin, and 1 Piano")
2) flexible - choose instrument families* (ex: "show me works which have 1 Brass instrument, 1 String Instrument, and 1 Keyboard Instrument")
Looking for concertos?
Note that the instrumentation search will give "literal" product results, so a piano reduction of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, K. 622 will be filed under "Clarinet + Piano," not "Clarinet + Orchestra" (the full orchestral score or orchestral parts would be filed under "Clarinet + Orchestra"). If you simply want to browse clarinet concertos, you may choose a collection from the blue pre-made combinations list on this page.
Looking for accompaniment audio/CDs (a.k.a. "backing tracks")?
Note that the CD/Tape "instrument" represents fixed audio media which is intended for use in a performance; it does not include recordings of instrumental accompaniment, which are mostly intended for rehearsal/study purposes. If you simply want to browse the "backing track" audio/CDs, you can find them all in the "Audio included" collection.
*In order to best provide clarinetists with control over the search results, the overarching Wood Wind instrument family has been separated into its respective members (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, and Bassoon).
Your store doesn't have what I'm looking for!
As a growing business, CAMco is constantly adding music to the catalog. If you don't see what you're looking for, simply contact CAMco directly and we can source it for you!
What if I find some incorrect information on this website?
Every effort has been made to ensure that CAMco's information is accurate and up to date, but to err is human! If you come across something you believe to be in error, then please contact CAMco; your consideration is appreciated.
Search Filter Explanations
If a product has more than one composer (ex: in a collection of works), the name will be "Various."
An unknown composer of a folk melody is named "Traditional."
There is a staggering amount of specificity, variety and mixture of cultures in music, and globalization has only muddled the boundaries further. Terms like ethnicity, nationality, and citizenship each provide a certain categorization of people, but ultimately there isn't a single system that defines everything neatly. Therefore, the composer's "Country" should be seen as a general starting point for ascertaining a cultural identity.
For CAMco, it is typically the nationality that the composer self-identifies with, and/or the country where they lived most of their professional life.
The passage of time has also changed country borders and names, but in order to unify the data, the present-day equivalent country is used.
This is the year when the composition was written—not the year of publication. If the year of composition is not known, then the following rules apply:
- If it lies within the composer's living years, then the first publication year is used. In many cases, this is extremely close to the year written.
- If absolutely no information is available, then the midpoint of the composer's life and death years is used. This approximation is used to guarantee that all works are given proper inclusion when searching by year.
Some other details about year information:
- If a work was written over the course of multiple years, the finishing year is used.
- If a work is revised by the composer, then both the initial and revised years are used.
- A collection of multiple works with differing dates will include all known years.
- Please note that the detailed description of the product will always provide all known factual date information.
It is unreasonable to claim a "typical" length of performance on a global (much less historical) scale, but CAMco's method ensures a valuable, baseline honesty of information:
- The duration of a work is a calculated average based on a subset of professional commercial recordings.
- CAMco's primary source of duration information is the Naxos Music Library. This international breadth of over 800 recording labels covers a time span of more than fifty years of audio sources.
- The most far-reaching outliers are omitted, to prevent a particularly fast or slow recording from "pulling" the data too far in one direction.
When you are searching for repertoire of a specific duration, also consider that many works with discrete movements may support programming individually. In these cases, you can find the inner section durations listed below the total duration on the search results page.
(this information is also located on the individual product page, as illustrated below)
Some other details about duration information:
- If no recordings are available (often the case for beginner-difficulty pedagogical works), then an estimation is calculated using the number of measures and tempo markings.
- If a particular edition has been shortened from the original (often for pedagogical reasons), the actual shortened duration is displayed.
- If a work is commonly performed with cuts, this will be mentioned in the product description.
- Please note that multi-work collections will not be included in the search results if you make a duration selection.
This refers to technical complexity, and not musical "profundity." For example, while the Brahms Sonatas Op. 120 certainly require a well-developed sense of musical expression, they don't have the same technical demands as Corigliano's Clarinet Concerto. Compared to other websites, CAMco's "Intermediate" level may seem more difficult and more expansive than others; this decision was made to best equalize the distribution across the entire span of technical difficulty. The three levels are as follows:
- This music is used to introduce and develop a student from the absolute beginning through their first several years of study. This equates the American music grades system 1-4 or so.
- Generally: keys stay below 4 flats/sharps, rhythms stay at sixteenth note or slower, and range doesn't proceed beyond an altissimo C6.
- This includes most of the clarinet's "standard" repertoire, which any university student and professional would typically know. It generally includes the American music grade system 5-6, and most of the "standard" undergraduate university repertoire (Debussy, Brahms, Poulenc...).
- Generally: Pedagogical constraints of key and rhythm are of little concern, and range stays within the comfortable altissimo.
- This music is for clarinetists who have thorough experience with the standard repertoire, and are pushing into the highest technical demands.
Include Transcriptions & Arrangements?
Simply put, this option helps you to find music that was originally, or at least thoroughly, intended for a member of the clarinet family. It will also meet the needs of any pianists who wish to remove orchestral/large ensemble reductions from their consideration.
While re-conceptualizations of previously-composed works provide valid and appreciated variety to our musical culture, some users may have a particular reason to exclude these types of works from their search. Terms used to describe re-conceptualization of music include transcribe, arrange, reduce, orchestrate, adapt, rework, and set; this filter merely uses the label "Transcription/Arrangement" for its easy recognition. CAMco's filter deals with the following cases:
Change in instrumentation
- Piano reduction of a larger ensemble score
- Reassignment of the solo part from non-clarinet to clarinet, like Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen performed with clarinet in place of violin
- New instrumentation of a previously-existing clarinet work, like the arrangement of Finzi's Five Bagatelles (originally clarinet & piano) for clarinet & string quartet
If a change in instrumentation was executed or personally sanctioned by the composer, then the piece is not classified as a transcription/arrangement.
- Benjamin's Le tombeau de Ravel was first written for viola, and later reworked for clarinet by the composer's wishes with the assistance of Gervase De Peyer
- Debussy's Première rhapsodie was first written for clarinet & piano, and later the composer re-orchestrated it for clarinet & orchestra
Reworking of previously conceived material
- Setting of a church hymn or popular song
- Movie themes adapted for solo clarinet and digital audio accompaniment
An exception is made for adaptations of material with an unknown composer, i.e. traditional folk music. In these cases, if the re-conceptualization is more "substantial" via new thematic material, restructuring, reharmonization, or other compositional development, then it will not be classified as an arrangement.
- JeanJean's Carnival of Venice (which adapts a Neapolitan folk tune) is not classified as an arrangement
Digital accompaniment audio is only classified as an arrangement if the recorded instrument(s) or work itself are classified as such (ex: a recording of a piano reduction).
Note that only extended techniques in the clarinet part(s) are considered.
When searching for repertoire with certain extended techniques on the filter bar, you may select one or multiple technique(s). They are classified as follows:
- Quarter-tones/microtones/timbral shifts (microtones are smaller than a quarter-tone)
- Vibrato (volume or pitch; technique can be diaphragm/glottis/throat or jaw/lip)
- Bend (glissando, a.k.a. chromatic scale, or portamento, a.k.a. "smeared pitch" bends)
- Flutter tonguing
- Slap tonguing
- Ghost notes (includes indeterminate pitch, a.k.a. "ghost/dead/muted/silenced/false" notes; includes perceptible pitch, a.k.a. “echo tone”)
- Voice (speak, sing, scream, growl, mouth noise, whisper words, etc.)
- Air sound (non-vocal-chord formations, non-speech formations)
- Key sound (key clicking, fingers popping on tone holes, bell cupping, etc.)
- Teeth on reed
- Body movement/staging
- Aleatoric (elements of chance or choice: mobile form, spatial notation, pick a note, improvisation etc.)
- Unmetered (no time signature, excluding cadenzas)
- Disassembly (anything less than the full instrument)
I have a digital download code. How do I use it?
You can redeem your digital product with a download code by using the form here.
When will I receive my purchased digital product?
When you purchase a PDF sheet music or other digital product, it will be sent to you within approximately one business day. You will receive an email, sent to the email address you provide during checkout, containing your download link.
If you are redeeming a digital product via a download code included with a physical book, please provide your download code with this form.
Please ensure that the email firstname.lastname@example.org is added to your approved senders whitelist, so that you properly receive your download link email.
How can I access my purchased digital downloads?
You will receive an email containing a download link for your purchased digital products.
Please note that digital products are not permanently accessible from your CAMco download links; you have access to download your digital download files three times from the date of purchase. Please download your files and save them onto your personal electronic device, like a computer storage drive, for later retrieval.
What is the digital product watermark?
Digital sheet music products have a watermark printed on the bottom of every page to comply with copyright laws and regulations. This watermark contains the number of copies purchased, the name of the purchaser, and date of purchase.
Can I print my digital sheet music?
You can view your digital sheet music on any device which can open PDF files.
Unless noted otherwise, you will be able to print your digital sheet music. You are only licensed to print as many copies as you have purchased. You may replace a destroyed or lost copy. However, you may not distribute any digital sheet music to others or print more copies than purchased for use (i. e., you may not print individual copies for friends or students). To comply with copyright regulations, you are only permitted to print the number of copies purchased, which is indicated on the watermark on the bottom of each page.
Can I get a refund on my digital sheet music?
Refunds are not possible for a digital download product after it has been purchased, unless there was a problem downloading, viewing, or printing it. If you experience trouble with a digital download, please contact CAMco and include a screenshot of the error and your order number.
If you choose to return a physical printed sheet music product where a PDF digital format was also purchased in combination, the standard return policy is applied, however, the cost of the PDF product is non-refundable.
What is a "linocut"?
A linocut is a type of relief printing technique in traditional printmaking.
The design is transferred to a block of linoleum as a mirror-reverse image.
The image is carved into the surface of the block using V-shaped chisel or gouge tools.
Ink is rolled onto the block and paper is laid on top.
The block and paper are squeezed through press rollers and the paper is peeled from the block, revealing the print.
If a print has multiple colors, each color must be printed separately using a newly carved block. The printing process can be repeated a limited number of times because the block eventually deteriorates. Each print has slight variances resulting from the hand-produced process.
What is a limited edition? Open edition?
In printmaking, an edition is a number of prints produced from a plate, usually at the same time.
A limited edition means that a fixed number of prints has been produced; each print is numbered to show its position within the edition, for example, "4/10" is print number four in a limited edition of 10 total copies. The number of a particular copy does not reflect the order in which it was produced.
An open edition means that an unlimited number of prints can be produced.
Due to their scarcity, limited edition prints are more highly valued and therefore priced higher than readily available open edition prints.
A variable edition (also called a "varied edition") means that, instead of striving for consistency, the image is intentionally manipulated in some way from print to print. The color could be changed in all or part of the image, or the image could receive additional embellishments by hand.
A trial proof (marked "TP") is made during the adjustment and development of the image. Trial proofs may reveal the process of the artist in creating the finished work, or may contain aspects later rejected by the artist as they refine the image.
Why are mats so expensive?
A mat (commonly named by the French equivalent term, passe-partout) is a thick border piece which physically separates the artwork from the picture frame glass. Mats provide air circulation that is crucial for preserving the longevity of original art pieces. If artwork is directly touching the glass, condensed moisture becomes trapped and could cause mildew, mold, and buckling.
CAMco uses archival grade mat board made from 100% cotton rag which is acid and lignin free. The art piece is secured in the mat using museum-approved techniques; the tape which contacts the art piece has a starch based adhesive which is completely reversible for conservation considerations. The grade of materials is important - if lower quality materials are used, normal exposure to sunlight and humidity can cause a hazy brown effect called "acid burn" which discolors and ruins the artwork. You are welcome to pursue matting at a framing store, but will likely find that CAMco's prices for archival grade mats are unbeatable.
Simply put, CAMco's mat treatment is a small investment to ensure that your purchased art piece will last for years to come in pristine condition. If you're on a tight budget, then rest assured that a well-matted art piece will be acceptably safe even in a dirt-cheap picture frame. CAMco's mats are sized so that they are ready to pop into standard USA picture frames.
What is a certificate of authenticity?
A certificate of authenticity (COA) provides identifying information about the artwork, specifying materials, processes, dimensions, edition sizes, etc. It also contains signed verification from the artist that the artwork is authentic. A COA protects the artist from unauthorized reproductions, and it helps buyers to claim the artwork's rightful value. It should be stored alongside the artwork, and must be presented in the case of a sale.