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MU 315 Music History 1: Find Scores

New Scores in the Music Library

Looking for a composer?

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:

Obrecht, Jacob

Perform a SUBJECT and AUTHOR on Obrecht. Compare the number and types of results you retrieve.

Search Tips


  • You'll find books about music in Tutt Library.
  • You'll find examples of music (scores, media) in the Music Library.


Use a Word search in Tiger and the most specific information that you have, such as key, opus number, distinctive title (not like symphony, trio, etc.) or thematic index number of a piece:

Missa sine nomine


Subject Searches


  • Use plural for examples of musical works:


Select MUSIC LIBRARY because you are looking for scores and/or recordings.



  • Use singular for information about a musical work:         

          Mass (Music) 

Use the qualifier "Music" to distinguish your results from materials about the mass that don't involve music.  Select VIEW ENTIRE COLLECTION, so you can include Tutt's collection.


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.

  • Access to materials (scores, books, CDs, DVDs, etc.) throughout Colorado and Wyoming
  • Materials arrive in 3-5 business days



To widen your search, use WorldCat to locate scores that we don't own.  You can order these through interlibrary loan.

Finding Scores

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 have a particular work in mind, use the most specific information you have, such as an opus number, or other type of catalog number.  It's helpful to combine the title and composer in a WORD search. 

To help you search, libraries use a preferred title to bring together all the arrangements and editions of a particular work.

For example, L'homme armé, a secular song from the Renaissance, was the most popular tune used in settings of the Ordinary of the Mass. Click on this preferred heading-Missa L'Homme armé-to discover the many formats and editions, by several composers, available in Tiger.

Many works, particularly vocal pieces, have distinctive titles that are not the name of a musical genre (like symphony, concerto, etc.). Librarians have adopted preferred 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.

Ask us!  The Music Library has several tools to help you find the scores you need.




Collected Works

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 editions 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.

For more help, see Finding Scholarly Editions of Printed Music.

Score and Sheet Music Databases

  • Online Resources for Music Scholars
    "provides a basis for beginning electronic research on a wide variety of topics in music, including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, composition, and performance practice. It collects links to archival collections, online scores and sound recordings; article indexes, discographies and bibliographies; scholarly societies; musical reference works; and a miscellany of useful websites."

  • Digital Librarian: Scores
    A collection of internet resources reviewed by librarians for their authoritativeness and usability.

  • Choral Public Domain Library
    Free, public domian choral/vocal scores, texts, translations, and other useful information.

  • Orchestral Music Online
    A great reference resource on symphonic literature, containing about 6700 works by 900 composers. This is the online version of David Daniel's classic print resource. This database is searchable by timings, instrumentation, available editions, soloists, and choruses.

  • IMSLP Petrucci Music Library
    A digital music library, free printing allowed. It aspires to collecting all public domain music, as well as music by living composers willing to share their works. It's a Canadian site, so adheres to stricter copyright regulations than the United States.

  • Sheet Music Consortium
    A huge collection of digitized sheet music collections from many universities and other sources.

  • Theme Finder
    Themefinder provides search access to a database containing tens of thousands of short melodies and musical incipits, allowing you to identify common themes in Western classical music, Folksongs, and latin Motets of the sixteenth century.

Music Librarian

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Daryll Stevens
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