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Opera History and Literature

Specialized resources for research in opera.

Finding Scores in the Music Collection

Use OneSearch to find printed music (scores) in the Music Collection:

Printed music and books are located in the "Music Collection," which is part of Education, Music and Media on the Lower Level - West.  Use OneSearch, on the Libraries' main page ( Start with keywords, including a composer, title, or number:




From the preliminary results, click "Library Catalog."  You will then see the formats ("content types") available:








Scholarly Scores

Indexes to Scholarly Editions

Scholarly editions are based on primary sources and usually contain extensive essays.  Most are part of large sets or series purchased on subscription.  They may be published as part of a topical or period series, such as Recent Researches in Music of the Baroque, or as the complete works of one composer, published as a collected edition. The following sources index the most important of these editions:

New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians ( Music Collection Reference ML100 .N48 2001 V.1-29, or online via Oxford Music Online)  Articles for most major composers give a complete list of works, with an index to the scholarly editions for that composer.  For example, Mozart's Works:


For Composers with less detailed lists of works, check these reference books to find scholarly editions of their music:

Heyer, Anna.  Historical Sets, Collected Editions, and Monuments of Music: A Guide to their Contents, 3rd edition.  Chicago: American Library Association, 1980.
ML113 .H52 1980 V.1 - 2

Hill, George Robert.  Collected Editions, Historical Series & Sets & Monuments of Music: A Bibliography.  Berkeley, Calif. : Fallen Leaf Press, c1997. 
ML113 .H55 1997

Online Scores

Most of these sites offer sheet music in .pdf format.