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Music Scores can be divided between the scores with musical forms in their titles (e.g., sonatas, concertos) and scores with distinctive titles (e.g., Rite of Spring or Don Giovanni). Therefore, searching for a Vivaldi concerto is a different search than looking for Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring. Use the following examples to practice catalog searches with form titles and distinctive titles.
Example #1: Music Forms as title - symphonies, concertos, sonatas, etc.
Symphony No. 35 in D major, K385 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Tip: When searching for a musical form such as a sonata, symphony, etc., use the plural form of the word; the specific instrument is useful, but not essential.
Example #2: Distinctive Titles - Marriage of Figaro, Rite of Spring, etc.
The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Tip: By limiting your search to MUSIC SCORES at the outset, you can avoid sifting through a.) many, many sound recordings and b.) other forms of "The Marriage of Figaro", such as the popular play on which it is based by Beaumarchais.
Historical editions are large, multi-volume sets of past musical repertory. Two common types of historical editions are collected editions and monuments of music.
A collected edition contains the collected works of a single composer. Some of the collected editions available at the Music Library include:
Monuments of Music
Monuments of Music are collections of closely related musical repertory. Monuments of Music available at the Music Library include:
Searching Historical Editions
The Library Catalog does not detail every piece within most historical editions. To see if a musical work is part of an historical edition, use one of the following books in the music library: