Research Guide: Finding Scores

Finding Articles

Try using the following suggested keyword searches in the OneSearch box below.


For example:

Bach AND violin AND sonata
Beethoven AND symphony AND 9
Jazz AND piano



You can also try searching for scores in the Classical Scores Library, our online collection of scores.  Finally, the Petrucci Music Library is a good free online resource for scores.


Be aware of several complications that can make finding music difficult:

  • Language variations: Chaconne (French) vs Ciaccona (Italian) vs Chacona (Spanish) could all possibly refer to Bach’s Chaconne from his Partita No. 2.
  • Abbreviations: It is best to leave out words in your search that are commonly abbreviated.  For example: n./no./number/numbers or op./opus.
  • Nicknames/naming differences: Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor is also popularly called his Moonlight Sonata.  Some renditions will have one name or the other, but not both.
  • Spelling variations: Some composers and pieces have spelling variations, such as Rachmaninov vs Rachmaninoff. 

Background Information

The following UVU Library books and websites provide background information for beginning research on arts funding in schools

Oxford Music Online Online only
Encyclopedia of Popular Music REF ML102.P66 G 84 2006, 1st Floor
Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online Online only
Grove Book of Operas Online only
Oxford Dictionary of Music Online only
Music Research: A Handbook ML113.S 28 2009, 4th Floor
Oxford Companion to Music Online only
Music Online Reference Online only
Classical Music Reference Online only
Performance Practice: A Dictionary-guide for Musicians REF ML100.J29 2005, 1st Floor
Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Music REF ML 102.R6 R64 2001, 1st Floor

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