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How to find scores using the Library Catalog:

  • First, limit the format of the search to "Music Scores."
  • Then, perform a keyword search, rather than a title, author, or subject search. Music materials are often in non-English languages.  A keyword search will ensure that if the title is listed in another language, the cross-listed English title in the record will cause the piece to appear in your search results. 

Useful search tips:

  • Keep your search simple and eliminate unecessary words, rather than searching for a piece's full name.
    • ex: For "beethoven concerto no. 5 for piano and orchestra in Eb major," search "beethoven piano concerto 5" or "beethoven emperor concerto."
  • It can sometimes be useful to search for titles in the composer's native language if a search in English fails. Do not use any diacritics (accent marks, umlauts, etc.) in your search. You can find the original title by performing a Google search.
    • ex: for Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, try a keyword search for "prelude a l'apres midi d'un faune" instead.
  • Search for the name of the instrument(s) to browse music for a particular instrument or ensemble.  Remember that it may be useful to search for the instrument's name in the composer's native language.
    • ex: "flote" instead of "flute" for pieces by Brahms, Beethoven, or Mozart. 

If Dartmouth doesn't have the score you need, try requesting it through BorrowDirect. If none of our partner institutions has the score, you can request it through DartDoc.  If you need to find a citation for a particular edition of a score so that you can request it through DartDoc, is a good place to look.


Scores Online


Paddock has a number of CD-ROMs containing full scores.  These are located behind the circulation desk in the DVD section.  Most of the music on CD-ROM is classical and may be printed for study.