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Music research online: essential tools to explore Western art music: Access digital scores

Sources to help you construct an outline for research into a historical periods, genres, composers, instruments, and theoretical topics

Search these score databases

Stanford subscribes to several score databases containing standard Western music literature in full score, performing editions, and orchestral parts.


In addition, the following source is freely accessible on the web:

IMSLP provides downloadable public domain (i.e, published prior to 1924 in the US) scores. Image quality is uneven, and accompanying information is sometimes incomplete; proceed with caution. IMSLP was recently reviewed in the Journal of the American Musicological Society.