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")||Don Giovanni||
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.
|Performance Score||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:
Searching for recordings is fairly straightforward, but here are some tips for locating them:
In addition to our collection of physical recordings (CDs, LPs, DVDs, etc.), the library provides access to many streaming collections, including the following select few. For a complete list, see the Audio & Video Subject Guide.
Search for scores using the following tips:
In addition to our collection of print scores, the library provides access to digital score collections:
Voice & Choral
The University of Alberta Library does not collect sets of parts for orchestra/band or multiple copies of choral octavos. We typically 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 and Band/Orchestra libraries (with sets of parts and choral octavos)and may rent them out to community music organizations; access is usually limited to ensemble directors and ensemble librarians. For inquiries about these collections, please contact the Department of Music: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
This section under construction.