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Library Subject Guides

Music: Music Scores

Collected Works

These are the multivolume collected works of the major composers held by the Library

The Table of Contents on the Library catalogue record summarises the works in each volume; Grove Music Online under 'Works' of the particular composer gives the exact volume and page number location of every piece

SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music

UC Library subscribes to the SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music

Borrowing Music Scores

Music scores located on Level 6 of the Central Library may be borrowed for standard loan periods, just like books. Make sure to return all the parts.

Search for Music Scores

No single search will find all scores, so try a variety of search options.



Library catalogue – After entering any type of keywords search, it is often useful to limit to ‘Printed music’. The catalogue has alphabetical browse options unavailable in MultiSearch.

Search by composer

Select the Author alphabetical search and enter the composer’s full name
e.g. Bach, Johann Sebastian and browse by type of composition, e.g. ‘Concertos’

Search by instrument and type of composition

Select the Subject keywords search and enter the plural form of the composition type plus one or more instruments
e.g. quintets oboe and limit to ‘Printed music’
       sonatas violin piano and limit to ‘Printed music’

Music for a single instrument can be found using Subject keywords and entering the search statement “[instrument] music” – the double quotation marks make it a phrase search
e.g. “flute music” and limit to ‘Printed music’
Not all results will be for solo instrument, and some may be for more than one type of instrument

Composer and title together

To find well-known pieces, use a simple Keywords search and enter the composer’s name and the title
e.g. beethoven moonlight sonata and limit to ‘Printed music’
This initial search may provide a thematic catalogue number or opus number (in this example, op. 27); this number can be used to give a more comprehensive search using the OR operator along with parentheses ( ) to nest the equivalent terms together
e.g. beethoven ("moonlight sonata" OR 27) and limit to ‘Printed music’

Search non-English keywords

If you cannot find the score you want using English, try the language of the composer
e.g. schumann klavier konzert instead of schumann piano concertoand limit to ‘Printed music’

Music scores in facsimile editions

To find these select the Subject keywords search and enter manuscripts facsimiles and limit to ‘Printed music’

More on finding music scores from other websites

Browse the Shelves for Music Scores

Miniature Scores

  • Shelved on Level 6 of the Central Library , at the beginning of the Music Collection (before the sequence of Music Scores at M begins)
  • Arranged A–Z by composer
    • Within each composer group, they are in no particular order—scan the section for the score you want

Music Scores

The music scores are shelved on Level 6 of the Central Library  according to this outline

M 1-2 Collections
M 3 Collected Works
M 51490 Instrumental Music
M 6–180   Solo Instrument
M 619     Organ
M 2039     Piano  > Piano sonatas (M 23)
M 4059     String Instruments: Violin (M 40–44) | Viola (M 45–49) | Cello (M 50–54)
M 6079     Woodwind Instruments: Flute (M 60–64) | Clarinet (M 70–74)
M 80109     Brass Instruments: Trumpet (M 85–89) | Trombone (M 90–94) | Saxophone (M 105–109)
M 115142     Plectoral Instruments: Guitar (M 125–129)
M 177990 Music for 2 or more solo instruments
M 180298   Duets
M 300386   Trios
M 400486   Quartets > String quartets (M 452)
M 500596   Quintets
M 600686   Sextets
M 700786   Septets
M 800886   Octets
M 10001075 Music for orchestra > Symphonies (M 1001) | Piano concertos (M 1010–1011) | Violin concertos (M 1012–1013)
M 11001160 Music for string orchestra
M 14952199 Vocal Music
M 14971998    Secular vocal music
M 15001508 Operas
M 15301609 Choruses
M 16111626 Songs (including lieder)
M 16271853 National Music
M 1740   England
M 1742   Wales
M 1744   Ireland
M 1746   Scotland
M 18421843   New Zealand
M 19992199 Sacred vocal music
M 20002007   Oratorios
M 20102017   Services
M 20102014   Masses
M 20162017   Anglican
M 20202101   Choruses, cantatas, partsongs etc.
M 21152146   Hymnals
M 21472188   Liturgy and ritual
M 21472154   Roman Catholic
M 21672171   Anglican Communion
M 21862188   Jewish


Other Collections of Scores

UC Library has several Special Collections of music

Digital Scores

The following sites offer free, printable scores


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