If you want to find works by a composer, do an AUTHOR search in the Tiger catalog. This will bring up anything she has created (scores, recordings, writings, etc).
If you want to find out about a composer, do a SUBJECT search.
For both of these searches, use this order-last name, first name:
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Many contemporary composers have websites with sound files and biographical information.
Use Advanced Search in Tiger and the most specific information that you have, such as key, opus number, or thematic index number of piece:
Mozart K. 622
Use the uniform title of a work to discover all versions of the work.
You can use Prospector to order materials that are either checked out or not owned by the campus libraries.
To widen your search, use WorldCat to locate scores that we don't own. You can order these through interlibrary loan.
In short, when searching for a musical work (score or recording) it's best to use a KEYWORD search, using the composer's name and the name of the work-using the most specific information you have for the work's title. This is the short explanation...read on if you're brave. Always remember--ask us to help you find a musical work for you if you come up with no results--this can be quite tricky!
Scores can be difficult to find because composers often use a generic title, such as "concerto" or "symphony", which refers to the form of the musical work itself. Composers often produce many works using the same title, such as string quartet No. 1, string quartet No. 2, etc.
To help your searching, librarians use a uniform title to bring together all the arrangements and editions of a particular work.
For example, the uniform title of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, arranged for clarinet with piano accompaniment, is Concertos, clarinet, orchestra, K. 622, A major; arr. Click on this link and you'll see that we have several editions of this work.
Many works, particularly vocal pieces, have distinctive titles that are not the name of a musical form. Librarians have adopted uniform titles to gather these together as well.
Searching for a part of a work can be challenging. An aria from an opera or a song selection from a musical is cataloged as a part of the work. Best results will require that you discover the title of the work your selection is from.
Finding popular song titles is particularly dependent upon verifying "official" titles.
Ask us! The Music Library has several tools to help you find the scores you need.
You will find collected works of many composers as well as monumental sets and series (works by various composers, eras) in our non-circulating area, call numbers M1-M3. These editions are authoritative, scholarly ediions of musical works, appropriate for music research. You will not be able to discover individual works contained in each volume by searching in the Tiger catalog. Please ask us for help; we have tools that will help.
Choral Public Domain Library
Free, public domian choral/vocal scores, texts, translations, and other useful information.