Music: Finding scores

Finding scores in the catalog

Use the catalog to find books, scores, CDs, DVDs, or individual journals. It's best to use the Advanced Search:

This search is limited to scores by Beethoven and here is an example of a result:

Scores have "uniform titles," because most pieces of music have titles or nicknames in multiple languages and a uniform title is a way to connect all of the variations. For example, you may not find the Moonlight Sonata under that name, but if you know the opus number, you will find what you need.  The University of Michigan has a very thorough guide to uniform title here and you can apply those same strategies to our catalog.

It's important to note the location and status of Library materials. This particular score is available. You can send a text message to yourself that includes all of the details, so that you don't have to write down anything.

Music & Media has a few locations for scores, including miniature and folio.

If a score or book has a Stored location, you can place a hold on it and pick it up at Guest Services on the first floor:
stored beethoven score
Click on the Request button and provide your Portal ID and password.

The score will be held until the library closes that day.