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Music Library Resources: Scores


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Finding Scores in the Library

In Classic Catalog: Do an Advanced Search and limit Material Type to PRINTED MUSIC.

In QuickSearch: Do an Advanced Search and limit the Format to PRINTED MUSIC. 

Tips for Finding Scores

Use opus or thematic catalog numbers (like BWV 232 and K.551) to narrow your search. 

When looking for compositions with a generic title (sonata, symphony, concerto, trio, etc.), you can truncate your search or add a wildcard character.

  • Truncation: Shortening a search word and adding * or ? at the end will allow PacifiCat to retrieve singular, plural, and variant spellings. For example, Sonat* will retrieve sonata, sonatas, sonatina, Sonaten, etc.
  • Wildcards (or, how do you spell “Tchaikovsky” again?) An asterisk * or ? can replace any number of letters at the beginning, middle, or end of a word. For example, tch?sky andsymph? will retrieve Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4.
  • Combined (Boolean) Searching with AND and OR: Combine words using ANDand OR. AND will narrow your search while OR will broaden it.
    • Rodgers AND Hammerstein will retrieve records with both names
    • Rodgers OR Hammerstein will retrieve records with either one or both names

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