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MUSIC RESEARCH GUIDE: Scores

Resources for music research and for finding materials in Parsons Music Library

Online Scores

Interlibrary Loan

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Finding Scores in Parsons Music Library

Tips for finding scores in the library catalog:

  • After entering your search term(s), select Music Score in the "Limit to" box.

  • If you know the composer's name but are unsure of the title, enter the name (last, first) and select Composer Sorted by Title from the "within" drop-down box.

  • If you're looking for a piece with a generic title ("Symphony," "Sonata," Concerto," etc.), try entering the composer's last name and the genre in plural ("Symphonies," "Sonatas," "Concertos," etc.  Be sure to select Music Score in the "Limit to" box.

Quick Call Number Guide for Music Scores (all begin with M)

M 1-5000 Music
1 . A1-A15 Music Printed or Copied in Manuscript in the United States or the Colonies Before 1860
2-2.3 Collections of Musical Scores
3-3.1 Collected Works of Individual Composers
3.3 First Editions
5-1490 Instrumental Music
6-175.5 Solo Instruments
176 Instrumental Music for Motion Pictures
176.5 Instrumental Music for Radio and Television
177-990 Music for Two or More Solo Instruments
180-298.5 Duets
300-386 Trios
400-486 Quartets
500-586 Quintets
600-686 Sextets
700-786 Septets
800-886 Octets
900-986 Nonets and Larger Combinations of Purely Chamber Music
990 Chamber Music for Instruments of the 18th Century and Earlier
1000-1075 Orchestra
1100-1160 String Orchestra
1200-1269 Band
1270 Fife (Bugle) and Drum Music, Field Music, etc.
1350-1353 Reduced Orchestra
1356-1356.2 Dance Orchestra and Instrumental Ensembles
1360 Mandolin and Similar Orchestras od Pleactral Instruments
1362 Accordion Band
1365 Ministrel Music
1366 Jazz Ensembles
1375-1420 Instrumental Music
1450 Dance Music
1470 Chance Compositions
1473 Electronic Music
1480 Music with Color Apparatus, etc.
1490 Music, Printed or Copied in Manuscript, Before 1700
1495-5000 Vocal Music
1497-1998 Secular Vocal Music
1500-1527.8 Dramatic Music
1528-1529.5 Duets, Trios, etc. for Solo Voices
1530-1546.5 Choruses with Orchestra or Other Ensemble
1547-1600 Choruses, Part-Songs, etc. With Accompaniment of Keyboard or Other Solo Instrument, or Unaccompanied
1608 Choruses, etc. in Tonic Sol-Fa Notation
1609 Unison Choruses with or Without Accompaniment of Every Kind
1610 Cantatas, Choral Symphonies, etc for Unaccompanied Chorus (Secular and Sacred) With or Without Solo Voices
1611-1624.8 Songs for One Voice
1625-1626 Recitations, Gesprochene Lieder, With Accompaniment
1627-1853 National Music
1900-1980 Songs (Part and Solo) of Special Character
1985 Musical Games
1990-1998 Secular Music for Children
1999-2199 Sacred Vocal Music
1999 Collections
2000-2007 Oratorios
2010-2017.7 Services
2018-2019.5 Duets, Trios, etc. for Solo Voices
2020-2036 Choruses, Cantatas, etc.
2060-2101.5 Choruses, Part-Songs, etc. With Accompaniment of Keyboard or Other Solo Instrument
2102-2114.8 Songs for One Voice
2115-2146 Hymn, Psalm, and Choral Books
2147-2188 Liturgy and Ritual
2147-2155.6 Roman Catholic
2156-2160.87 Orthodox Churches
2161-2183 Protestant Churches
2184 Other Christian Churches
2186-2187 Jewish
2188 Other Non-Christian Regigions
2190-2196 Sacred Vocal Music for Children
2198-2199 Temperance, Revival, Rescue, and Gospel Songs
5000 Unidentified Compositions

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