Searching for Music Scores

The University of Nevada, Reno Libraries have access to thousands of music scores in print and on the web, but it is not always easy to find them through the Library Catalog. If you are looking for a piece that has a unique title like Verdi’s Il Trovatore, for example, Advanced OneSearch on the library homepage is a good place to start. 

When searching, follow these steps:

  • Choose Author from the Fields drop down list and place the composer’s name in the search box (e.g., Verdi).
  • Choose Title from the Fields drop down list and place the title of the piece in the search box (e.g., Il Trovatore). Click Search on the bottom left side of the page.
  • Scroll through the choices in the Show content type box and choose Music Score and Sheet Music. The search results should now show only the formats you selected.

If you are searching for a piece that has a generic title (i.e., the name is based on a musical form) and may include an opus (or other identifying number) like Chopin’s Prelude Op. 28, no. 10, it is sometimes more effective to use a broad search in the OneSearch box.

For example,  instead of inserting “Chopin Prelude op. 28, no. 10” in the OneSearch box, include the composer’s name and pluralized form name with the opus number (e.g., Chopin preludes op. 28).

When looking at your OneSearch results, you’ll see many different formats listed under Content Type. If you do not see Music Scores and/or Sheet Music click on More

Select Music Scores and Sheet Music (if available) and click Apply at the top of the list. The search results should now show only the formats you selected.

Visit the Music Library Guide for more information and assistance on searching for music scores.