|IMSLP stands for International Music Score Library Project. The logo is a capital letter A, taken from the very first press-printed book of polyphonic music, the Harmonice Musices Odhecaton, published in 1501. Its printer, Ottaviano Petrucci, is this library's namesake.|
|The Carl Nielsen Works Catalogue (CNW) is the first ever thematic-bibliographic registration of all Nielsen’s compositions. Biographical as well as bibliographic information has also been drawn from a number of other sources.|
Online Resources for Music Scholars
|Welcome to ChoralWiki, home of the Choral Public Domain Library!
CPDL was founded in December 1998, ported to ChoralWiki in August 2005,
|The Sheet Music Consortium provides tools and services that promote access to and use of online sheet music collections by scholars, students, and the general public.|
|Opening Night! Opera & Oratorio Premieres|
|NY Phil Digital Archives
520, 000 pages of parts AND scores marked by Philharmonic musicians.
|MusRef: An online guide to print and internet resources.|
Early Music Online project: Some of the books date back as far as the 1500s and, due to their fragile nature, would not be freely available to researchers, but thanks to this digitization project, musicians from around the world can now source the original music free of charge using the Early Music Online website.
Opera Buffa: 1707-1750: This web-site about the commedeja pe museca (commedia per musica, or comic opera) is an ongoing project, whose aim is to present accurate and philologically reliable transcriptions of all the extant libretti from the seasons 1707-1750, i.e. from the first establishment of the comic genre to its definitive national [Italy] and international acknowledgment.
Scores in the Thrift Library are cataloged as books.
Scores are also available in CD-ROM format
And in the Library Music Source database.
There are also many websites containing free scores and sheet music.
To find a score in the Library Catalog, search for the composer or composition, and then limit your search to Printed Music.
Musical Scores are cataloged in the M's according to the Library of Congress Classification System.
M – Scores
ML – Literature on music
MT – Musical Instruction and Study
Beware spelling errors and variants in spelling, especially in foreign languages. Use...
Note: The more you type, the more likely you are to encounter either a spelling error or a variant in spelling.
Be aware of possible multiple spellings, especially when dealing with foreign languages. Example: For some online searches, “Barber of Seville” would not find “Il Barbiere di Siviglia" - and vice versus.
If unsure of spelling, you can use Google as a kind of spell check to find the most commonly used variant.
A simple way to avoid spelling uncertainties is to search for the composer, then browse the results.