Individual songs and arias aren't always listed in catalog records.
This is especially true for songs from a larger work (opera, song cycle, etc.).
So how do you find song scores?
You can always try searching the song title and the composer's last name.
If that doesn't work, try searching the composer's name with the title of the larger work.
Not sure if your song is from a larger work?
Search the song title and composer's name in Google to determine the larger work.
Need help? Ask a librarian!
Can't visit the library? Use our COVID-19 Response guide to find online score & recording sites, then search for the piece you need.
Image: Catalog search with the format limited to Printed Music, and search result showing location and call number.
If we don't own a copy, you can often get a copy from another library through Interlibrary Loan:
Image: WorldCat search with format limited to Musical Scores, and resulting record with ILL link.
Searching for music can be tricky! If you can't find what you need, ask a librarian for help.
Browsing is a great way to discover new music if you don't have a specific piece in mind!
Use these call numbers to find solo vocal music:
|M 1503||Operas (vocal scores)|
|M 1508||Musicals (vocal scores)|
|M 1611 - 1626||Secular solo songs|
|M 2003||Oratorios (vocal scores)|
|M2102 - 2114.8||Sacred solo songs|
Browse the catalog for vocal music by using subjects, for example:
You can find even more subjects in individual catalog records. Click on one to find more materials with that subject:
Repertoire Guide: A list of music for a specific instrument or group. Often describes style, difficulty, or musical features.
Use a guide to find the composer and/or piece title you want, then use the above method to locate a score or recording.
Here are some of the most common formats for printed music:
Shows all instruments
Small version of the full score
Piano and vocal line(s) only
Individual pieces for each instrument
You can figure out the format by looking at the catalog record, in the Subjects or Description sections:
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