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Keyboard Instruments (Non-Piano): Scores

Find a specific piece of music

Find Scores and Recordings

sample catalog search for 'tropic winter nathaniel dett' limited to Printed Music (All); results show catalog record with library location and call number

In the Allen Library

  1. Open the library catalog.
  2. Search the title and composer's name.
  3. Limit to the format you desire.
  4. Find a result for the piece you need.
  5. Use the location and call number to find the item.

Image: Catalog search with the format limited to Printed Music, and search result showing location and call number.


Online

Can't visit the library? Use our guides to Music Scores Online or Streaming Audio & Video to find online score & recording sites, then search for the piece you need.


Get help

Searching for music can be tricky! If you can't find what you need, ask a librarian for help.

Find any piece with specific instruments

Browse the Shelves

young man looks at library shelvesBrowsing is a great way to discover new music if you don't have a specific piece in mind!

Organ

Use these call numbers to find organ music:

Call Number Genre
M6 – M19 Solo organ
M180 – M195 Duets with organ
M300 – M309 Trios with organ
*see note Quartets through nonets
M1005 – M1006 Concertos with orchestra
M1108 – M1109 Concertos with string orchestra

*Quartets (400s), quintets (500s), through nonets (900s) follow a pattern similar to trios, for example:
M300–M309 = Trios with organ
M400–M409 = Quartets with organ
 

Other keyboard instruments

Music for harpsichord and other keyboard instruments are grouped together with piano music. See the piano music guide for call numbers.

Use a Repertoire Guide

Repertoire Guide: A list of music for a specific instrument or group. Often describes style, difficulty, or musical features.
Here are a few selected guides online and in the Allen Library:

Online Guides
Guides in the Library

Find more repertoire guides

Browse the Reference shelves by call number:

Call Number Topic
ML128 C4 Chamber music guides
ML128 H29 Harpsichord music guides
ML128 O68 Organ music guides

Browse the catalog by subject:
Chamber music > Bibliography
Clavichord music > Bibliography
Harpsichord music > Bibliography
Organ music > Bibliography 

Browse the Catalog for Music

If you're not looking for a particular piece, browse the catalog using subjects, for example:
Clavichord music 
Harpsichord music 
Keyboard instrument music 
Organ music

Concertos (Harpsichord)  |  Concertos (Organ)
Sonatas (Harpsichord)  |  Sonatas (Organ)

You can find even more subjects in individual catalog records. Find a piece of your desired ensemble/genre, then click on a subject to find more materials with that subject:

catalog record with Subjects section circled, text to the side reads 'click on to find more materials with the same subject'

How do I choose the right format?

person with question mark Here are some of the most common formats for printed music:

Score
Shows all instruments

Miniscore/study score
Small version of the full score

Vocal score
Piano and vocal line(s) only

Parts
Individual pieces for each instrument

You can determine the format by looking at the catalog record, in the Subjects or Description section:

catalog record showing 'vocal scores with piano' under Subjects and '1 vocal score' under Description

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