MSC 242: History and Literature of Music: Scores

Professor Lapp Norris, Spring 2013.

Where Should I Begin?

There are several good resources available for locating musical scores.

  • e-Scores may be accessed in Classical Scores Library, a collection of over 25,000 classical music scores that are copyrighted as well as in the public domain.

  • For print scores owned by libraries around the world, try searching WorldCat.  If you do use WorldCat, you'll need to use the Interlibrary Loan, or ILLiad, to obtain the materials.
  • e-Scores, or scores available full-text, may be accessed in a variety of sources.  There are several databases on the web that freely offer scores found  in the public domain:  Sheet Music Consortium and IMSLP / Petrucci Music Library are two notable collections.
  • Bishop Library owns about 12,000 scores in print, mostly classical music.

Image source: Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons.

e-Scores

Get

Request materials not owned by LVC via Interlibrary Loan or ILLiad.  ILLiad is a service that will either borrow or scan articles/materials you find.

Icon of interlibrary loan

Almost every LVC Library databases will provide a Request an item through ILLiad link on each result.

You can also request materials via ILLiad from the library's homepage.

With ILLiad, you'll either get a PDF of  the journal or magazine article or a hard copy that will need to be returned.

Allow 2-3 days for an article; allow up to 2 weeks for books or media.

Print Scores