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Music History

Resources for courses and research in music history

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:








Online Scores

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

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: 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.
    Music Collection Reference ML100 .N48 2001 V.1-29,
  • 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

For information about collected works editions for specific composers, click on the Music History "By Era" tab and then select the appropriate period (e.g., Baroque for Bach).