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Music Research: Scores & Recordings

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

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

To find what scores and recordings are held in the WVU Libraries' collection, use our online catalog, MountainLynx, and follow the instructions linked below.

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 MountainLynx?  Consider alternative search terms.


Is this part of a larger work?  Example:  you need a recording of the song "Pace, pace o vita mia" by Mozart.  MountainLynx gives 0 results.  "Pace, pace..." is an aria from Mozart's opera Don Giovanni.  Mozart AND Don Giovanni (as a phrase) limited to Musical Recording retrieves 52 entries.  Limit "Don Giovanni" to the Title field, and you now have 15 entries.  Look for recordings of the complete opera, and 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 database. WorldCat represents the holdings of thousands of libraries.  You will usually get something with your search.  Examine your WorldCat results for keywords to use in MountainLynx. 


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 below 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.

You may request scores and recordings from other library systems through ILLiad.

Subject Guide

Beth Royall
Evansdale Library 106
Subjects:Art, Music, Theater