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