Tutt Library Research Guides
If you want to find works by a composer, do an AUTHOR search in the 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:
Perform a SUBJECT and AUTHOR on Obrecht. Compare the number and types of results you retrieve.
Use a Word search in the catalog 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
Select MUSIC LIBRARY because you are looking for scores and/or recordings.
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.
To widen your search, use WorldCat to locate scores that we don't own. You can order these through interlibrary loan.
If you want to find works by a composer, do an AUTHOR search in the 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.
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.
Choral Public Domain Library
Free, public domian choral/vocal scores, texts, translations, and other useful information.
Digital collections in the Music Division
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.