Searching for sheet music can sometimes be more complex than searching for books. Here are some tips that will help you to search like a music librarian in UC Library Search:
Use keyword searches! DON'T USE TITLE SEARCHES.
Use a MATERIAL TYPE limiter of "SCORES" in UC Library Search.
Use plural forms of generic titles
For vocal music:
How do I find Scholarly Sheet Music in the M3 section(Sets of Complete Works by INDIVIDUAL Composer)?
Problem: The individual pieces within the scores in the M3 call number section are not individually listed in Library Search.
Solution: Use New Grove!
How do I find Scholarly Sheet Music in the M2 section (Sets of Sheet Music by MULTIPLE Composers)?
Problem: The individual pieces within the scores in the M2 call number section are not individually listed in Library Search.
Solution: Two different books are used to locate individual pieces within these sets. Both are located in the Langson Reference Section (1st floor). There is some overlap between the two, but there is also a large amount of unique content in each book. These two books are:
Recent Researches in Music Online is the online version of the excellent scholarly editions produced by A-R Editions. Includes pdf versions of scores from the "Recent Researchers in... the Music of the Middle Ages and Early Renaissance; Renaissance; Baroque Era; Classical Era; Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries; and American Music. UCI's online access begins with scores published in 2018 to the present.
IMSLP (Petrucci Music Library) had over 275,000 freely available scores as of June, 2014. Scores available to Americans using this site have been published prior to 1923 (i.e., they're in the public domain). Generally you will find old 19th century editions of music that are good for a quick look, but are sometimes fraught with errors that more modern, scholarly editions have corrected.
Open Music Library helps you discover what music is out there on the internet. It regularly gathers information about new electronic sheet music, books, articles, etc. that are available online and provides a single search engine to find them. This is particularly helpful for locating small collections of electronic sheet music
Harvard Online Resources for Music Scholars Digital Scores is a continually growing directory of high quality online repositories of online sheet music.
Music Treasures Consortium is a collaborative effort between the Library of Congress, Juilliard School, and others. Researchers can browse and view scans of important music manuscripts such as Beethoven's opera Fidelio or Mahler's Symphony no.1.
Sheet Music Consortium, a joint effort UCLA and other universities across the country, provides access to scans of public domain sheet music. Popular song sheet music makes up a large proportion of this database.
Web Library of Seventeenth Century Music is an open-access, peer-reviewed collection makes available works composed between 1600 and 1700 that are not commercially available in print, and no editions have been posted online. The WLSCM is a service offered by the Society for Seventeenth Century Music.
Josquin Research Project - Don't be fooled by the name. This resource has music by famous early composers like Josquin des Prez, as well as many of his well known, and lesser known contemporaries.
Early Music Sources is a helpful site to help one cut through the massive amount of early music resources on the web. Rather than having much of its own content, it acts as an excellent database and index for finding relevant resources quickly.
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