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This is a guide to information resources on music.


How to find a music score

Score databases

Classical Scores Library by Alexander Street Press is a great resource to discover compositions for your instrument and ensemble. New and old compositions can be accessed and printed.  

Finding print scores in the collection

Library catalogue searching

A keyword search in either the Library catalogue or the Classic Library Catalogue will allow you to combine the surname of the composer, the title of the music score to find the score you need.  Look also for the search limiting options or the modify search button to narrow the scope of the search to retrieve only music scores in the displayed results.

Search Tips for Scores

  • Include composer's surname
  • Include the instrument (trumpet, violin, piano, voice type)
  • Use the plural of the music genre (sonatas, symphonies, concertos) - See Uniform Titles section.
  • Use unique numbers. Enter the numbers only. If the score is Opus 101, just enter 101.

For further information on finding scores see sections below on original languages and uniform titles.

Uniform Titles

Different titles and languages can be used to describe any one piece of music. For example, the same piano concerto by Mozart can appear as:

  • Concerto in A major for piano, K.488​

  • Konzert A Dur, K.488 fur Klavier

  • Piano concerto in A Major, K.488

To allow for these variations in titles, music scores are catalogued using 'Uniform Titles'. Uniform Titles are collective titles that group similar forms of a composer's music together. For example, all of Mozart's symphonies are grouped by symphonies, concertos are grouped by concertos. This is why it's important to search the plural form (concertos, sonatas, etudes, suites) in your keyword search. The Uniform Title for the above example would appear in the catalogue as:

  • Concertos, piano, orchestra, K.488, A major

Uniform title example for Mozart piano concert K.488 in A major

Original Languages

A common practice for opera arias, art songs and other lyrical works is for these types of works to be listed in Library catalogues and other information sources in their original language. For example Schubert's famous song "Gretchen at the spinning wheel" will be appear in the Library catalogue in its original language as: Gretchen am Spinnrade. Consult Grove Music Online to find the exact title.