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Music: Scores, Audio, & More   Tags: audio, music, recordings, scores, subject_guide  

Links and directions to free and library-bought sources of music (audio, scores, and reference works)
Last Updated: Sep 23, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Find Books about Music

Find Books with the Library Catalog

For books about composers, search composer’s name as Subject

For Music Tech: Try searching Sound Recording Reproducing as a subject

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Reference Books

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Top Music Databases

  • Music Online
    Combination of several online music audio databases and the Classical Scores Library. Listen to music and view scores as well. Includes the Classical Music Library, Jazz Music Library, Contemporary World Music, American Song, and Smithsonian Global Sound.
  • Oxford Music Online  
    Oxford Music Online is the expansion of the database formerly known as Grove Music and provides encyclopedic coverage of music including definitions of music-related terms, in-depth articles, and extensive bibliographies.

Find Music & Scores

Possible Sources

1. Library Catalog (for print scores in the library) 

  • Advanced Search 
  • Change Limit at Bottom of page: Type: Music Scores 
  • Search by Composer Last Name in author box

2. Music Online (for online scores that can be printed)

3. International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)

  • Copyright free scans, scores and parts

4. LibraryMusicSource (CD Sheet Music)

  • Parts (and some scores): Orchestral, vocal, piano, guitar

5. WorldCat: If nothing is available in any of the above, check in WorldCat that you can request through interlibrary loan. Use the Musical Scores limit.


Find Recordings & Audio

Three Options

1. Find CDs in the Library Catalog (for CDs in the library)

  • Under Find Books (Library Catalog), and then Advanced Search
  • Change Limit at Bottom of page: Type: CD Audio
  • Search by Composer Last Name in author box

2. Find Recordings in Music Online (for online streaming audio)

  • Look under Find, then Articles (Indexes/Databases)
  • Select Music grouping
  • Choose Music Online

3. WorldCat:  If no recordings are available in any of these three, check for a CD in WorldCat that you can request through interlibrary loan. Use the Sound Recordings limit.


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