Audio and Video Recordings:
When including sound recordings in your assignments and repertoire study, consider the following:
Below is a list of some common score formats, and their uses:
|Full Score ("Conductor's Score")
For study, analysis, and conducting.
Not suitable for individual performance.
|Study Score ('Miniature/Pocket Score')
|Don Giovanni Overture
For study and analysis.
Not suitable for performance or conducting.
|Hungarian March From "The Damnation of Faust Op. 24" (Set of Parts)
For performance; includes individual parts (as applicable).
Not suitable for study and analysis, or conducting.
|Piano Reduction, Piano-Vocal Score
|Owen Wingrave Op. 85
For rehearsal and performance.
Not suitable for study or analysis.
|Critical Editions, Collected Works, Monuments of Music
|Digital Mozart Edition
Scholarly editions of music best suited for academic study.
Generally not suitable for performance, although they often contain works not published elsewhere.
|Manuscripts or Facsimiles
Literally, the original written notation of a musical score, or a reproduction of it.
For study, analysis, rehearsal and/or performance, depending on the quality and accessibility of the manuscript/facsimile.
Letters, diaries, essays...
If searching for these types of original writings, consider the following:
Search the library for recordings using these tips:
In addition to the large collection of physical recordings (CDs, LPs, DVDs, etc.) in the library collection, the library subscribes to the following streaming databases and collections:
Specialized collections found on the Alexander Street collection include:
Search the library for scores using the following tips:
In addition to our collection of print scores, the library provides access to digital score collections:
The University of Alberta Library does not collect sets of parts for orchestra/band or multiple copies of choral scores: we only collect full scores and parts for ensemble pieces with up to nine players. You may be able to rent materials for larger ensembles from ensemble libraries in Edmonton or obtain them from an online public domain source (see below).
U of A Department of Music Ensemble Libraries:
The Department of Music manages their own Choral, Orchestra and Wind/Band libraries (full scores and parts). At this time, these libraries are for their department's use only and they are currently not lending them to community music organizations.
Ensemble Libraries in Edmonton:
Free Online Sources*
*The public domain status of works in these websites has not been verified by the University of Alberta Library.
Many of these types of items have been published in monographs, and may be discoverable through the library catalogue.
Many primary sources can be found in select databases. There is a full list of primary source databases, including: