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General Music Guide for Research

Scores in the Performing Arts Library

"Scores" here refers to notated music on paper. We catalog our scores with an adapted version of the Dewey Decimal System (see the "Browse Scores by Call Number" tab in this guide) and then place them into one of five collections:

  • Performing Scores - this is the largest of the five collections. Performing scores include the performing parts for solo and chamber ensemble repertoire, for groups up to ten players. These scores & parts circulate just like books. Performing scores are located on the second floor of Arnhold Hall, shelved in the scores room on compact shelving.
  • Full Scores - these are complete orchestral, choral, or chamber music scores but do not include performing parts. These scores circulate just like books. Full scores are located on the second floor of Arnhold Hall, shelved in the scores room on compact shelving.
  • Miniature Scores - these scores are designed for study rather than performance. They are also available for checkout, just like books. Miniature scores are located on the second floor of Arnhold Hall, shelved in the scores room on compact shelving.
  • Oversize Scores - scores that are too large to fit on a standard shelf belong to the oversize collection and are located on the ninth floor in Arnhold Hall. They circulate just like books, but they can be a little harder to carry around.
  • Music Reference - these are facsimile editions, collected works, or Denkmäler. Their locations are split between  the second floor gallery in Arnhold Hall and the Performing Arts Library's reading room, also on the second floor of Arnhold Hall. These items are library use only and may not be checked out.