Music Library: Universally Inspiring

Music Searching Help

ScoresScores
For your instrument
Word Search: instrument + title/genre (plural form -- symphonies, concertos, sonatas) then limit by "Music Score" or see the
instrument guides which do this for you. If part of larger work, search that work.

Standard chamber ensembles
Word Search + ensemble type (wind quintets, brass quintets, string quartets) + then limit by "Music Score"

  • By specific composer
    Word Search + composer's last name + then limit by "Music Score"
  • Of a specific title
    Word Search: add key title word(s) then limit by "Music Score"
* above searches can be combined

Songs and Arias
Word Search:  author + significant title words (may need to search in different language; also, if part of larger work, search that work) and limit by "Music Score" To find anthologies, perform a Word Search: composer's last name "songs" (e.g. schubert songs) + then limit by "Music Scores". Also see the voice page.

 
RecordingsRecordings
To find only CD's, perform any of the word searches below and add the word "compact" to the search terms

For your instrument
Word Search: instrument + then limit by "Music Recording"
or see the
instrument guides which do this for you.  The instrument guides can also limit your search to compact discs only.

  • By specific composer
    Word Search: composer's last name then limit by "Music Recording"
  • Of a specific genre or title
    Word Search: title/genre (plural form - symphonies, concertos, sonatas) then limit by "Musical Recording"
* above searches can be combined

For Jazz
Subject Search: "Jazz" + then limit by "Music Recordings".

Word Search: artist name(s), song titles then limit by "Music Recording"

Songs and Arias
Word Searc: significant words from author and title (e.g. schubert hirt felsen) + then limit by "Music Recording"

 

 
Research MaterialsResearch Materials
Always the first place to look when researching any musical topic is the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (ONLINE and in Carrier and the Music Library).  There are many other resources.  For help, please see the music library staff.

On composer/performer
Bakers Biographical Dictionary
New Grove Dictionary of American Music

On pop music and musicians
Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music
Encyclopedia of Folk, Country & Western Music

Translations of songs
Books in Libraries
Lieder and song lyrics

For Instruments
Word Search: instrument then limit by "Books"
or see the
instrument guides which do this for you.

Journal articles
See the article guide

 


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