Researching a Topic in Four Easy Steps:
Step 3j: Consider using alternate types of material - Music Scores
There are a variety of locations for music scores (i.e., printed and manuscript
music) in the Yale Library and on campus.
You might want to use scores
The Music Library
in Sterling Memorial Library (120 High Street) is the primary location on campus
for scores, with more than 80,000 scores in a variety of formats, including early
and modern editions as well as sketches and manuscripts. Sterling
Memorial Library and the Mudd
Library have collections of popular and folk songs in foreign languages.
Many of these materials are listed only the the SML Card Catalog. Scores
are also present in the rare and archival collections of the Beinecke
Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Manuscripts
and Archives Department of Sterling Memorial Library. The Institute
of Sacred Music maintains a Choral Lending Library of over 1,000 choral octavo
Modern scores in the Music Library include scholarly critical editions, performing
editions with parts, study editions (also known as miniature scores), and facsimile
editions of manuscripts and early prints. Sheet music, a term often used
to describe any kind of published music, is used by libraries to describe individual
songs and short pieces of music published separately on a few sheets, as opposed
to songs or short pieces published in collections or anthologies. Rare
and Special Collections at Yale include music from the middle ages to the twentieth
century in sketches, manuscript, and early editions as well as in the archival
papers of composers and musicians.
How to Find Scores at Yale and Beyond
In Orbis, one may limit to scores by first clicking on the More Limits
button and selecting Item Type "Printed Musical Scores" and/or
"Manuscript Musical Scores" in a keyword search.
The Description field of the item record shows information about the score:
Example: Description: 1 vocal score (59 p.) ; 31 cm.
The titles of individual songs or other short musical works published in collections
may not be listed in Orbis, but may be found in published bibliographies or indexes.
For more information, please see a reference librarian.
In the RLG Union Catalog (RLIN) via Eureka and in WorldCat via FirstSearch,
one may limit to scores using the "Material Type" limiting search.
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