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Find a Specific Work/Composer
Find Scores and Recordings
In the Allen Library
- Open the library catalog.
- Search the title and composer's name.
- Limit to the format you desire.
- Find a result for the piece you need.
- 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.
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.
Searching for music can be tricky! If you can't find what you need, ask a librarian for help.
Music in the library catalog (and similar tools) is not identified by composers' demographic information.
The most reliable method is to search for the name of a composer and/or work title.
The resources below can help you identify names and titles.
Use one to find a composer and/or work, then use the above method to locate a score or recording.
Anthologies in the Allen Library (selections)
Anthology: A collection of musical works by different composers, published together.
We have much more music by women composers in the library! Use the repertoire guides and websites elsewhere on this page to identify other composers and work titles, then search the library catalog for those specific works. See catalog search tips above, or ask a librarian for help.
Contemporary Anthology of Music by Women by
Call Number: M1 C65 1997 [Allen shelves]
Scores by 30 composers from around the world, encompassing concert and religious music as well as jazz, pop, experimental, and cross-over works. Each piece is introduced by a short biography of the composer.
Women Composers by
Call Number: M2 W6 1996 v.1-8 [Allen shelves]
A comprehensive overview of music by women, 9th-20th centuries. Includes scores, essays, bibliographies, and works lists.
Find more anthologies
Search the catalog by subject:
Music by women composers
Repertoire Guides in the Allen Library (selections)
Repertoire Guide: A list of music for a specific topic, instrument, or group. Often describes style, difficulty, or musical features.
Contemporary Concert Music by Women by
Call Number: ML128 W8 Z [Allen reference]
Publication Date: 1981
A primary reference volume on 72 contemporary women composers. Includes biographies and work listings.
A Guide to Piano Music by Women Composers by
Call Number: ML128 P5 D44 [Allen reference]
Publication Date: 2002
A practical guide to piano music composed by 144 women born before the 20th century. The music is described by genre, mood, style, technical requirements, and difficulty.
Say Can You Deny Me by
Call Number: ML128 W8 J [Allen reference]
Publication Date: 1994
Lists the locations of the printed and manuscript sources of Renaissance, baroque, classic, and some early romantic women composers.
So You Want to Sing Music by Women by
Call Number: MT820 S696 W8 H635 2019 [Allen shelves]
Opens a vast repertoire of vocal music written by hundreds of historical and contemporary women composers. Includes interviews with high-profile composers.
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