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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 scores.

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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