Finding printed music
For more information about music books, journals, audio and freely available sheet music, see your Subject Guide.Music Guide
Music can sometimes be a complex thing to search for in the library. We have created this guide to help you search and browse more easily for sheet music.
How do I browse for sheet music or scores in the library?
You will find full scores and sheet music on the ground floor of Curzon Library: turn left when you enter, and left again after the photocopiers. Music is arranged in number order according to its class mark (see searching/browsing by instrument).
You will find study scores on the ground floor of Curzon Library in the AV room: turn right when you enter, and room C001 is on your right. You will also find CDs, DVDs, LPs and listening equipment in here.
Books about music are in the main book collection.
How do I search for sheet music or scores on the catalogue?
Using the 'advanced' option on the library catalogue will help with music searches
In advanced search you will find some useful filters:
- Format: Full score / Full score (miniature/study)
- Classification mark: Type the numeric class mark of the instrument (see searching/browsing by instrument)
Because music can be published in different languages or with different nicknames, it can be tricky! There are fields for author [composer] and title, as well as keyword fields such as 'all of these words'. We try and catalogue music so that you can find it, but if you get stuck, please ask us for help.
Sometimes individual songs are only published in anthologies and not mentioned separately on the catalogue, so you would need to search by the name of the anthology.
If you would like to obtain sheet music that we don’t stock, please contact the Collection Management Librarian Francis Firth – he may be able to purchase or hire it.
Can I search/browse by instrument?
Yes! Use the table below to identify the class mark (also known as a shelf mark) of your instrument.
You can look for the corresponding sheet music box in the library, or use the advanced search classification mark option on the catalogue to see everything we should have. Alternatively, use your instrument or the music type in the all of these words field within advanced search.
|Instrument||Class mark||Instrument||Class mark|
|Baroque sonatas||785.752||Bass clarinet||788.61|
|Brass/wind chamber music||Cantatas - vocal scores||783.4|
|Full scores (including jazz)||Q780.84||Guitar||787.6|
|Jazz (no instrument specified)||781.65136||Mallet (marimba, vibraphone, xylophone)||789.6|
|Mixed chamber ensembles||Oboe||788.7|
|Opera vocal scores||782.1||Oratorio vocal scores||783.3|
|Piano duos (2 pianos)||786.4957||Piano & Strings Chamber Music|
|Songs for children/schools||784.6||String chamber music|
|Violincello (cello)||787.3||Vocal (secular unaccompanied)||784.1|
|Vocal (secular accompanied)||784.2|
What about orchestral, vocal, jazz, brass band or wind sets?
Sets are primarily for use in official Conservatoire performances, so you will not find these out on the open shelves. You will find information on accessing these on your Subject Guide.
Can I make copies of sheet music?
BCU are trialling a new HE Music Licence. To find out more about what can be copied under this licence please see the Music subject guide. To request a copy of some sheet music visit the Digitisation page.
Can I use sheet music I found online?
You can download music from the internet to practice with. We have listed some useful websites on your Subject Guide.
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