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Music History: Scores & Recordings

Music in the Library

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.

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 just a few of many guides in the Allen Library:

Find more repertoire guides

Browse the Reference shelves by call number:

Call Number Topic
ML128 Repertoire guides, A-Z by instrument/group, e.g.:
            B26 Bassoon
            B8 Brass
            C4 Chamber
  etc.

See a list of all our repertoire guides in the catalog. (Search results show other types of bibliographies as well.)

Browse the Shelves

young man looks at library shelvesDiscover new music when you don't have a specific piece in mind!

Browse for scores and parts:

Call Number Genre
M6 – M990
    M6 – M175
    M180 – M299
    M300s
    M400s, M500s... M900s
Instrumental solo and ensemble
    Solos
    Duets
    Trios
    Quartets, quintets...through nonets
M1000 – M1075
    M1001
    M1005 – M1042
Orchestra
    Symphonies
    Concertos
M1100 – M1160
    M1101
    M1105 – M1142
String orchestra
    Symphonies
    Concertos
M1200 – M1270 Band
M1361 Jazz
M1470 – M1473 Chance & electronic music
M1497 – M1998
    M1500 – M1508
    M1530 – M1610
    M1627 – M1853
Secular vocal
    Operas & musicals
    Choral
    National music
M1999 – M2199
    M2000 – M2007
    M2010 – M2017
    M2020 – M2101
Sacred vocal
    Oratorios
    Church services (e.g. Masses)
    Choral

Looking for a recording instead?

In the Allen Library, the first letters of the call number indicate format. For your desired genre listed above, swap "M" for the appropriate letters below to browse for recordings. 
Example: 
M1000—Symphony scores
MD1000—Symphony CDs 

Call Number Letters Format
MD CDs
MR LPs (records)
MO DVDs
MV VHS tapes

Online Resources

Library Audio Databases

Library Video Databases

More Online Music Resources

See our related guides for more online music resources:

Listening & Viewing Equipment

listening/viewing room with audio/visual equipment

Want to listen to higher quality audio equipment? Don't have a record turntable at home? Come to the Allen Library!

Our listening carrels and listening/viewing rooms can play:

  • CDs, LPs, cassette tapes, and reel-to-reel tapes
  • DVDs, Blu-rays, and VHS tapes
  • Personal devices via Bluetooth, VGA, HDMI, AUX cable, and Apple TV

Equipment is generally available on a first-come, first-served basis, but rooms may be reserved for certain uses. Contact Lisa Wollenberg (860.768.4840) for more information.

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