Finding Classical Scores That Have Specific Titles

Finding Classical Scores That Do Not Have Specific Titles


  • Use the “Advanced Search” option for best results.
  • If you aren’t sure how the composer’s name might be spelled (e.g. Rachmaninov or Rachmaninoff), you can truncate the name by adding an asterisk after the letters you are sure of (e.g. Rachminino*)
  • Use the original language of a title (e.g. “Nozze di Figaro” instead of “Marriage of Figaro”).
    • If you do not know the full foreign title, limit your title search to words that are the same in either language (e.g. “Figaro”).
    • Leave off initial articles (e.g. “Nozze di Figaro” not “Le Nozze di Figaro”).
    • “Nickname” titles (e.g. “Moonlight” sonata) do not always appear as part of the title information.
  • Use the plural form of a genre word when searching it as a title (e.g. “symphonies,” “concertos,” “sonatas,” “quartets”).
    • If the work has no opus, thematic catalog, or serial number, try adding the key as a Keyword phrase (e.g. “g major”).
    • For works with a specific solo instrument (e.g. piano sonatas, violin concertos) you can add the instrument as a Keyword
    • For chamber works, you can enter the type of work as a Keyword phrase (e.g. “string quartets,” “brass sextets, “wind quintets” or “woodwind quintets).
  • To search for a specific type of score, enter the that term as a Keyword (e.g. “vocal score”, “parts”).
  • If you are looking for a score by a specific publisher, try putting that name in the “Publisher” box on the “Advanced Search” page.
  • If the search retrieves no results, or very few results, broaden your search.
  • When in doubt, ask for help!