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Music: Basics!: Finding scores

Start here if you are just learning how to do music research at Butler.

Where to find scores ...

Use the WorldCat Discovery search box below to begin your search for print scores owned by Butler Libraries, PALNI (Private Academic Library Network of Indiana) Libraries and other WorldCat Libraries around the world.

The scores owned by the Butler Libraries will have the following at the bottom of the brief record for the item:

To access scores NOT owned by the Butler University Libraries, you will need to make an interlibrary loan request.  Click on the "Interlibrary Loan" tab/page on this LibGuide to access the ILL tutorial and register.


Musical Scores only - WorldCat Discovery

 


The Butler Libraries use the Library of Congress Classification system.  This is an alpha-numeric system of classification (meaning it uses both letters and numbers to describe the classification and location of an item).

Library of Congress M-Classification call numbers for solo and small ensemble

 

Use the WorldCat Discovery search box below to begin your search for print scores owned by Butler Libraries, PALNI (Private Academic Library Network of Indiana) Libraries and other WorldCat Libraries around the world.

The scores owned by the Butler Libraries will have the following at the bottom of the brief record for the item:

To access scores NOT owned by the Butler University Libraries, you will need to make an interlibrary loan request.  Click on the "Interlibrary Loan" tab/page on this LibGuide to access the ILL tutorial and register.


Musical Scores only - WorldCat Discovery

 


The Butler Libraries use the Library of Congress Classification system.  This is an alpha-numeric system of classification (meaning it uses both letters and numbers to describe the classification and location of an item).

Library of Congress M-classification call numbers for orchestras and bands

Use the WorldCat Discovery search box below to begin your search for print scores owned by Butler Libraries, PALNI (Private Academic Library Network of Indiana) Libraries and other WorldCat Libraries around the world.

The scores owned by the Butler Libraries will have the following at the bottom of the brief record for the item:

To access scores NOT owned by the Butler University Libraries, you will need to make an interlibrary loan request.  Click on the "Interlibrary Loan" tab/page on this LibGuide to access the ILL tutorial and register.


Musical Scores only - WorldCat Discovery

 


The Butler Libraries use the Library of Congress Classification system.  This is an alpha-numeric system of classification (meaning it uses both letters and numbers to describe the classification and location of an item).

Library of Congress M-Classication Call Numbers for Vocal Music

Use the WorldCat Discovery search box below to begin your search for print scores owned by Butler Libraries, PALNI (Private Academic Library Network of Indiana) Libraries and other WorldCat Libraries around the world.

The scores owned by the Butler Libraries will have the following at the bottom of the brief record for the item:

To access scores NOT owned by the Butler University Libraries, you will need to make an interlibrary loan request.  Click on the "Interlibrary Loan" tab/page on this LibGuide to access the ILL tutorial and register.


Musical Scores only - WorldCat Discovery

 


The Butler Libraries use the Library of Congress Classification system.  This is an alpha-numeric system of classification (meaning it uses both letters and numbers to describe the classification and location of an item).

Here are some useful basic LC classes for music:

M = Scores

M2  Historical, geographical, and other collections of music (i.e., Musical Monuments)

M3  Collected works of individual composers

M 20-39 Piano Music

     M22  General collections

     M23  Sonatas

M40-175  Solo instruments without accompaniment

     M40-59  String instruments

     M60-111  Wind instruments

     M115-142  Plucked string instruments

     M145-175  Percussion instruments

M200-298.5  Duets

M300-386  Trios

M400-486  Quartets

M500-586  Quintets

M1000-1075  Orchestra

     M1001  Symphonies

M1500-2999  Vocal Music

M1500-1518  Operas and musicals

     M1503  Vocal scores with piano accompaniment

     M1505-1508.2  Excerpts

M1611-1624.8  Secular songs for one voice

     M1619  General collections

     M1620  Art songs (collections of one composer)

     M1621  Art songs (single songs)

     M1621.4  Song cycles

M1990-1998  Children songs

M1999-2199  Sacred vocal music

     M2000-2007  Oratorios

     M2010-2017.6  Masses

     M2020-2036  Cantatas, choruses, etc.

     M2102-2114.8  Sacred songs for one voice

MT = Musical Instruction and Study (scores or books)

MT5.5-7  Music theory

     MT6.5  Collections of music for analysis

MT90-146  Analytical guides

MT170-810  Instrumental techniques

MT820-949  Voice instruction

 

    

 

 

What's the difference between A4 and Letter sized paper?

Letter: This is a US standard size of 8 1/2 x 11 inches

A4: This is an International standard size that is 210 x 297 millimeters (roughly 8.27 x 11.7

 

Why are they different?

There are two commonly used paper sizing standards in the world. ANSI (American National Standards Institute) is used across North America. The rest of the world uses ISO (the International Organization for Standardization).  ISO bases their standard paper size on a fixed ratio that aligns with the metric system.  A0 (the largest size) has an area of one square meter and a ratio of 1:√2 (841 mm x 1189 mm).  Each size that comes after is two equal halves of the previous size and keeps the same a height/width ration of the square root of two (1.4142).  This allows people to easily scale

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