MUS 5650

A research guide created for MUS 5650.


Tips for Finding Scores

1. Try a Keyword Search

The quickest way to find most scores is to do a keyword search for the composer's last name and one or two keywords from the title of the piece. Use the menu on the right hand side of the screen to limit your results to scores. 

2. Include non-English search terms


  • piano = klavier
  • sonata / sonatas = sonate / sonaten

3. Find Works in a Collection

Sometimes the piece you are looking for is not available as a stand-alone score. This is especially true for art songs. To find works in a collection, do a keyword search for the composer's last name and the title of the piece in quotes. Check the table of contents to make sure your piece is included. 

4. Use Uniform Titles

Musical works sometimes go by several names or nicknames, which can make them tricky to find in the catalog. For example, Beethoven's fourteenth piano sonata could be published under any of these names:

  • Moonlight Sonata
  • Mondschein Sonate
  • Sonata Quasi una fantasia
  • Piano Sonata No. 14
  • Sonate fur Klavier No. 14
  • Piano Sonata in C-sharp minor, op. 27, no. 2


Vocal Music Call Numbers

Poster of Library of Congress M class call numbers for Vocal Music

Library Catalog

Library of Congress Call Numbers for Music

Online Score Collections

Nordic Composers

  • Edvard Grieg
  • Wilhelm Stenhammar
  • Lars-Erik Larsson
  • Joonas Kokkonen
  • Leif Segerstam
  • Bo Linde
  • Carl Nielsen
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara
  • Kalevi Aho
  • Allan Pettersson
  • Franz Berwald
  • Magnus Lindberg
  • Wilhelm Peterson-Berger
  • Sven-David Sandstrom
  • Ture Rangstrom
  • Kurt Atterberg