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Music Research: Scores & Recordings

an overview of the WVU Libraries resources tailored to music research and study.

Finding Music

Searching for Scores and Recordings in WorldCat (the WVU Libraries' catalog)

To find what scores and recordings are held in the WVU Libraries' collection, use our online catalog, WorldCat.  Print instructions and a video demonstration are linked above.

For older (pre-1923) scores, you may find them online in the International Music Score Library Project or Eastman's Sibley Music Library Institutional Collection.

More Clues to Finding Scores and Recordings

No luck finding your score or recording in WorldCat?  Consider alternative search terms.

 

Is this part of a larger work?  Example:  you need a recording of the aria "Pace, pace o vita mia" by Mozart, but when you search for the aria title you get no results.  "Pace, pace..." is an aria from Mozart's opera Don Giovanni.  Search for Mozart AND "Don Giovanni" and look for recordings of the complete opera.  These will include the aria "Pace, pace o vita mia."

Is there a foreign title for this piece?  Example: Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker.  The Russian title is Shchelkunchik. 

 

Still no luck?  Switch to the WorldCat (FirstSearch) database. WorldCat represents the holdings of thousands of libraries worldwide.  You will usually get something with your search.  This may uncover better keywords to search again in the WVU Libraries' WorldCat.  

 

Too many results?

Limit the composer's name to the AUTHOR field.

Try adding the key, the opus number, or the catalog number to your search keywords.

 

 

Collected Sets of Composers' Works

Still not finding the score you need?  Check the list above to see if we have a set of the composer's collected works.

The list links to entries in the Grove Music Online (now Oxford Music Online) database.  The "Works" section of the composer entry provides a list of individual works and cross-references to collected sets.  Grove Music Online is a subscription database.  Off-campus access to Grove is available through the proxy server.

This short tutorial from McGill University walks through the steps for finding specific works within a collected works set.

Still not finding what you need? You may request scores and recordings from other library systems through ILLiad.

Subject Guide

Beth Royall
Contact:
Evansdale Library 106
304-293-9755
Subjects:Art, Music, Theater