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Online Score and Sheet Music Collections

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American Choral Music, 1870-1923, a collaboration of the American Choral Directors Association and the Library of Congress, provides access to significant choral music in the public domain by the leading American composers of the time.

A virtual library of over 2,000 pieces of sheet music published in California between 1852 and 1900.

The Center for Popular Music is an archive and research center devoted to the study of American popular music from the pre-revolutionary era to the present. Approximately 62,000 pieces of sheet music have been cataloged, and may be searched online.

This sheet music collection, collected by businessman Charles Templeton, contains over 22,000 pieces of sheet music from late nineteenth and early twentieth century America. It covers many genres, from the ragtime of Scott Joplin, the Dixieland of W. C. Handy, the smooth ballads of Irving Berlin, the stirring patriotic anthems of John Phillips Sousa and George M. Cohan to the early roots of big band.

When completed this collection will consist of digitized images of all scores in the University of Chicago Library's Chopin collection. You may search for scores by title, genre, plate number, publisher or place of publication.

The Choral Public Domain Library (CPDL) is a free sheet music website specializing in choral music. Begun in December 1998, it has over 5,000 scores listed in the database. Hundreds of volunteers have contributed music scores, and over 40 affiliated free sheet music websites are cataloged.

The purpose of the “Codices Electronici Sangallenses” is to provide access to the medieval codices in the Abbey Library of St. Gallen by creating a virtual library. At the present time (2008), the virtual library contains 144 manuscripts.

The CEEC project is a digital repository of the medieval manuscript holdings of the Episcopal and Cathedral Library of Cologne. As the name states, the library consists in fact of two libraries, the Episcopal Library and the Cathedral Library, with the oldest volume dating back to 590/604. To view the site in English, click on the “optionen tab” on the home page and then select the English radio button.

A project of several British institutions to digitize some old and fragile manuscripts; time period of some extends into the Renaissance.

"The scores and libretti in this Virtual Collection include first and early editions and manuscript copies of music from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries by J.S. Bach and Bach family members, Mozart, Schubert and other composers, as well as multiple versions of nineteenth century opera scores, seminal works of musical modernism, and music of the Second Viennese School. Many, such as variant editions of nineteenth century operas and related libretti, fall into intellectually related sets that are meant to be seen and used together."

A growing image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research. It bridges the gap between a diverse user community and the limited resources of libraries by means of sample imaging and extensive rather than intensive cataloging.

Over 235 manuscripts in 13 Swiss libraries have been high resolution digitized. Fully zoomable. Search by Author, Title, Age, and Signature.

"The Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University holds a significant collection of 19th and early 20th century American sheet music. The Historic American Sheet Music Project provides access to digital images of 3042 pieces from the collection, published in the United States between 1850 and 1920."

This multimedia web site is part of an 18-month project to catalog, digitize, and preserve every item in Indiana University's extensive collections pertaining to the life and career of master songwriter Hoagland "Hoagy" Carmichael (1899-1981). The site presents a complete catalog of the entire Carmichael Collection, access to selected digital objects, and supplemental research information, such as genealogy. The Hoagy Carmichael Collection contains sound recordings of Hoagy's music, letters, photographs of him and his family, print and handwritten musical compositions, and more.

Full-text scans of scores in the public domain, numerous contributors, over 20,000. Project also provides a clear and useful definition of public domain as defined in various countries as well as in the United States. After a hiatus from October 2007-Sept 2008 to resolve public domain interpretation, this project is again active. Use with caution. Wiki-style; lots of useful repertoire, scanning quality varies, some unconventional title or genre designations may appear.

"IN Harmony: Sheet Music from Indiana is a search and discovery system for accessing sheet music from the Indiana University Lilly Library, the Indiana State Library, the Indiana State Museum, and the Indiana Historical Society. Funded through a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), IN Harmony features Indiana-related sheet music - sheet music by Indiana composers, arrangers, lyricists or publishers as well as sheet music about the state."

From the Cook Music Library, Indiana University, includes selected opera, song, orchestral, chamber, and piano literature from the public domain.

Established in 1997, this sheet music collection consists of popular songs and piano compositions that portray technologies as revealed through song texts and/or cover art. A growing collection, over 50 titles are currently available.

Digital collection of 21 volumes of opera and ballet scores downloadable as Adobe Acrobat PDF files and background resources pertaining to French composer Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687)

The Juilliard Manuscript Collection contains 138 autograph manuscripts, sketches, engraver’s proofs, and first editions donated to the school in 1986 by Bruce Kovner. Forty-two composers are represented, including Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Copland, Debussy, Liszt, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, and Stravinsky.

Part of Special Collections at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library of Johns Hopkins University, this collection contains over 29,000 pieces of popular American music spanning the period 1780-1960. An image of the cover and each page of music is available if the music was published before 1923 and is in the public domain.

The Digital Mozart Edition is a digitized facsimile edition of most of Mozart's instrumental and vocal works iin the NMA. Provided by the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg.

Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music contains more than 62,500 pieces of historical sheet music registered for copyright during the years 1820--1885. Included are digital images of popular songs, operatic arias, piano music, sacred and secular choral music, solo instrumental music, method books and instructional materials, and music for band and orchestra. The collection may be browsed by author, subject, or title or searched by keyword.

Contains all 2500 from the Trent Codices.

The Sibley Music Library at the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester) has an extensive digital score collection with stable URLs which may be printed and downloaded.

A guide to performing arts resources at the Library of Congress. Users can find digitized items from the collections; special Web presentations on topics and collections; articles and biographical essays; finding aids to collections; databases for performing arts resources; information on concerts at the Library; and a special Performing Arts Resource Guide which contains entries for hundreds of Library collections, Web sites, databases and exhibits.

The UCLA Music Library's Archive of Popular American Music covers the history of popular music in the United States from 1790 to the present. The archive is designed to provide access to digital versions of the sheet music, and performances of the songs now in the public domain.

The Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music, held at the Lilly Library at Indiana University , contains approximately 24,000 pieces of sheet music, songbooks, and folios. DeVincent collected sheet music for the artistry of the illustrated covers as well as for the music.

Supported by the Vienna Science and Technology Fund, this online website provides access to 500 digital images of materials by and about Franz Schubert, including autograph scores, correspondence, and related documentation.

The Sheet Music Consortium is a virtual and searchable catalog of sheet music in the United States collected from Sheet Music Consortium member institutions (UCLA, Indiana University, Johns Hopkins University, and Duke University) and those of the Library of Congress and other collections.

The University has approximately 150,000 items including examples from the late 18th through the 20th centuries. The Digital Sheet Music collection was originally published between 1890 and 1922.

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