This is a list of online digital musical document libraries. Each source listed below offers access to collections of digitized music documents (typically originating from printed or manuscript musical sources). List of online digital musical document libraries. Some contain scanned images, some contains fully encoded scores, some contain encodings adapted for music playback (e.g. via MIDI), and others (e.g KernScores) are adapted for music analysis. In toto, several thousand scores are represented here
Here is a List of online digital musical document libraries
19th-Century American Sheet Music at UNC Chapel Hill Music Library
The Nineteenth Century American Sheet Music Collection at the UNC-Chapel Hill Music Library includes approximately 3,500 popular vocal and instrumental titles from the 1830s to the end of the century. This site contains catalog descriptions and digital images of the individual pieces in the collection
19th-Century California Sheet Music
A virtual library of some 2,700 pieces of sheet music published in California between 1852 and 1900, together with related materials such as a San Francisco publisher’s catalog of 1872, programs, songsheets, advertisements, and photographs. Images of every printed page of sheet music from eleven locations have been scanned at 400 dpi, in color where indicated.
African American Sheet Music
250,000 items from the John Hay Library at Brown University. The sheet music, primarily vocal music of American imprint, dates from the 18th century to the present day, with the largest concentration of titles in the period 1840–1950.
ART SONG CENTRAL
Printable sheet music for singers and voice teachers. An emphasis is placed on standard classical and traditional repertoire. 1000+ songs references, most downloadable. IPA transcriptions are now available for every German, French, Italian and Latin song in the index. 250+ songs have individual posts which provide additional information about each song.
The Ashford Sheet Music Collection
The collection contains 1000+ items largely from and about Washington State and the Pacific Northwest.
Bach digital is a digital library consisting of Johann Sebastian Bach’s autograph manuscripts and original parts. Using advanced search options of works or sources, one can find high-resolution scans of the autograph manuscripts, as well as performance parts used by Bach and his copies of works by other composers.
The autograph manuscripts and original sources from the collections of all of the participating partners – the Berlin State Library, the Bach-Archiv Leipzig and the Saxon State Library – Dresden State and University Library – will be digitized by 2011, thereby encompassing 90% of the worldwide remaining manuscripts. Further autograph manuscripts from other collections should be integrated at a later date. Bach digital is a joint project of the Berlin State Library – Prussian Cultural Heritage, the Saxon State Library-Dresden State and University Library, the Leipzig Bach-Archiv and the Leipzig University Computing Center. Funding is provided by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and others.
Beethoven-Haus Bonn Digital Archives
By linking more than 6,100 documents on 37,300 coloured scans of high quality, 1,600 audio files (music examples, audio letters) and 7,600 text files, Beethoven’s thinking, life and work become tangible and can be experienced in a visual and audible way.
Biblioteca Digital Hispanica
Downloadable color images from Biblioteca Nacional de España.
Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads
The Bodleian Library at University of Oxford has unparalleled holdings of over 30,000 ballads in several major collections. The original printed materials range from the 16th- to the 20th-Century. The Broadside Ballads project makes the digitised copies of the sheets and ballads available to the research community.
Das Brahms-Institut braucht mit derzeit annähernd 20.000 online verfügbaren Digitalisaten den Vergleich mit anderen Institutionen nicht zu scheuen. Die Digitalisate liegen in einer Auflösung von 1.200 dpi (Fotos) bzw. 400 dpi (Autographe, Briefe, Drucke etc.) als RGB-Tifs vor und sind bereits sorgfältig freigestellt, um die graphische Weiterverarbeitung zu erleichtern. Auch in gestalterischer Hinsicht setzt die Präsentation des Archivs neue Maßstäbe.
The Cantigas de Santa Maria: Facsimiles
The Cantigas de Santa Maria medieval-era manuscripts were written during the reign of Alfonso X “El Sabio” (1221–1284) and are one of the largest collections of monophonic (solo) songs from the Middle Ages. The To Codex contains roughly the first 100 cantigas and the E Codex contains all of the Cantigas. The cantigas’ famous illuminations may be found in the E Codex with every 10th cantiga.
Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts
Very much a work in progress, the database will initially provide links to hundreds of manuscripts, which we expect quickly to grow to thousands. Basic information about the manuscripts is fully searchable, and users can also browse through the complete contents of the database.
The Cello Music Collection of the Special Collections and University Archives at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro constitutes the largest single holding of cello music-related materials in the world. The collection contains annotated sheet music (manuscript and published), monographs, serials, audio-video recordings, personal papers, and artifacts associated with cellists noted for their distinguished contributions in the areas of composition, performance, pedagogy, and music history. Presently, the archive is composed of the collections of twelve cellists.
Charles H. Templeton Sheet Music Collection
This online sheet music collection from Mississippi State University of over 5,000 pieces includes popular tunes dating as far back as 1865. Items are scanned at 600 dpi and saved as a TIFF files.
CHASE research project, University of Leeds, UK
This AHRC-funded research project is based at the University of LEeds and Cardiff University. This digital resource is still under construction, but currently holds c.2000 separate music files viewable on-site or as downloads. Most of this music consists of chamber music and concertos for string instruments, edited and annotated by such players as Ferdinand David, Friedrich Grützmacher, Joseph Joachim, etc.
Chopin’s First Editions Online
An online resource uniting all of the first impressions of Chopin’s first editions.
Chopin Online Catalog
A collection of scores of early printed editions of music works by the composer Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849). Its scope is 85 of Chopin’s works published before 1881, of which 74 are works with opus number and 11 are a selection of works without opus number.
Classical Music Score Digitization Project (CMSDP)
Online, publicly-editable library of public domain music in standardized, machine-parsable formats such as MusicXML, MuseScore, Sibelius, and Finale. CMSDP is the largest public and centralized repository of fully digitized CPP scores.
The Classical String Quartet, 1770–1840
Rare and unusual publications of music for string quartet from Duke University.
Codices Electronici Sangallenses (CESG) – Virtual Library
383 manuscripts from the medieval codices in the Abbey library of St. Gallen. Downloadable colour PDF and XML.
The Computerized Mensural Music Editing Project
A scholarly initiative to offer free online access to new, high-quality early music scores. Based at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, the major purpose of the enterprise is to produce and maintain an online corpus of electronic editions, in addition to software tools making them accessible to students, scholars, performers, and interested amateurs
Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music (DIAMM)
Images of worldwide collections of medieval polyphonic music manuscripts. The manuscripts date from approx 800 to 1600. This website includes detailed information for all the known sources of European polyphonic music (which is almost entirely vocal), high-resolution colour images delivered via IIIF viewer of many manuscripts and links to external images of anything that is available online but not in DIAMM. The content is regularly updated to take account of newly discovered sources.
Digital Scores from the Collections of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library
A collection of first and early editions and manuscript copies of music from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries by J.S. Bach and Bach family members, Mozart, Schubert and other composers, as well as multiple versions of nineteenth century opera scores, seminal works of musical modernism, and music of the Second Viennese School.
The Düben Collection Database Catalogue is a digitised catalogue presenting meta-data and scanned facsimile of the manuscripts in the Düben collection, a large and important collection of musical manuscripts and prints from the 17th and early 18th centuries. The Catalogue is managed from the Department of Musicology at Uppsala University.
e-codices: Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland
Medieval and early modern manuscripts from Swiss libraries, including the Abbey Library of St. Gall. The virtual library contains 659 manuscripts from 28 different libraries.
Early Music Online
This collection holds digitised images of some of the world’s oldest surviving volumes of printed music.
Early Music Online is the result of a pilot project in which more than 300 volumes of 16th-century music from the British Library were digitised from microfilm. The project was funded by JISC as part of the Rapid Digitisation programme 2011, and will be formally launched at the end of September 2011. You can preview the digitised music below. The digitised content is copyright © The British Library Board, and is made available for non-commercial use under the JISC Collections Open Education User Licence version 1.0. You may use the digitised content on Early Music Online in any way and for any such purposes that are conducive to education, teaching, learning, private study and/or research as long as you are in compliance with the terms and conditions of the licence. You may not use the content for commercial purposes.
Frances G. Spencer Collection of American Sheet Music
30,000 titles spanning from the late 18th century to the early 20th century.
George Frideric Handel
Fifty downloadable orchestral scores and sheet music in Acrobat format derived from the Deutschen Händelgesellschaft series edited by F.W. Chrysander, published 1858–1894.
Ignaz Pleyel Early Editions
This digital collection from the University of Iowa of over 200 early printed and manuscript scores represents the work of French composer and music publisher, Ignaz Pleyel (1757–1831). It consists primarily of keyboard and chamber music, including arrangements of large orchestral works, published within the composer’s lifetime.
IN Harmony: Sheet Music from Indiana
A search and discovery system for accessing sheet music for 129400+ pieces from the Indiana University Lilly Library, the Indiana State Library, the Indiana State Museum, and the Indiana Historical Society. The IN Harmony open source sheet music cataloging software is available.
International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
Online since February 16, 2006 · 58,594 works · 213,940 scores · 20,283 recordings · 7,836 composers · 199 performers The ultimate goal of the IMSLP is to gather all public domain music scores, in addition to the music scores of all contemporary composers (or their estates) who wish to release them to the public free of charge.
Inventions of Note
This sheet music collection consists of popular songs and piano compositions (mostly 1890–1920) that portray technologies (old and new alike) as revealed through song texts and/or cover art. The collection contains approximately 50 pieces of sheet music owned by the Lewis Music Library at MIT.
Jean-Baptiste Lully Collection
The University of North Texas Music Library’s Jean-Baptiste Lully Collection includes almost thirty rare seventeenth- and eighteenth-century scores of operas, ballets, and compilations by the seventeenth-century French composer Jean-Baptiste Lully and his sons.
Juilliard Manuscript Collection
138 autograph manuscripts, sketches, engravers proofs, and first editions.
Scanned graphical music scores (separated by movement), with manually corrected OMR data:
- Beethoven piano sonatas edited by Paul Dukas. Édition classique a Durand & fils, No. 9327. 1915.
- Mozart piano sonatas from the Alte Mozart-Ausgabe: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts Werke. Kritisch durchgesehene Gesammtausgabe (volume 20 ). Breitkopf & Härtel, Leipzig; 1877–1883.
- Selected Haydn keyboard sonatas (partial OMR) 34 harpsichord/pianoforte sonatas from the first four volumes published by Universal Edition (1901).
- D. Scarlatti keyboard sonatas (partial OMR) Edited by Alessandro Longo (Ricordi, 1906–1913).
One book of music from Rare Book Room, which contains digitized books of many types. Laborde Chansonnier – ca. 1470 – Unknown, (author) – France – Library of Congress, Music Division
Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music
29,000 pieces of American popular music spanning the years 1780 to 1980 from Johns Hopkins University.
Library and Archives Canada: Sheet Music From Canada’s Past
20 000+ patriotic and parlour songs, piano pieces, sacred music and novelty numbers published before 1900, from 1900 to 1913 and from 1914 to 1920. Besides the expected Canadian imprints, it includes music by Canadians or about Canada published anywhere in the world.
The Library of Congress: Historic American Sheet Music: 1850–1920
3,042 pieces of sheet music drawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University, which holds an important, representative, and comprehensive collection of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American sheet music.
The Library of Congress: Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music 1870–1885
62,500 pieces of historical sheet music registered for copyright: more than 15,000 registered during the years 1820–1860 and more than 47,000 registered during the years 1870–1885. Included are popular songs, operatic arias, piano music, sacred and secular choral music, solo instrumental music, method books and instructional materials, and music for band and orchestra.
The Library of Congress: The Moldenhauer Archives
This online presentation includes representative examples of more than 130 items documenting the history of Western music from the medieval period through the modern era including many complete works and, as a special presentation, an electronic version of the book’s text, which is intended to replace the printed edition.
Medieval Music Database
Four complete manuscripts, a gradual and three antiphonals from La Trobe University Library.
Graphical Scores and originating data
- Archangelo Corelli, complete published works, Opp. 1-6 (72 works)
- Ludwig van Beethoven, complete symphonies, selected string quartets
- Antonio Vivaldi, concerti grossi
- other works (Bach, Handel, Haydn, Marcello, Mozart, Rovetta, Teleman)
Music Australia – Australia’s Music: Online, in Time
Music made and played by Australians. 11,318 scores available online, most published before 1930. Medium-resolution scans. Click ‘print’ to get pdf.
Music in the Manuscripts of Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire Médecine of Montpellier
Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire Médecine of Montpellier
Music Library Digital Scores Collection
The Music Library Digital Scores Collection contains manuscript musical scores dating from the 17th through 19th centuries. The majority of the collection is 17th and 18th century operas, opera excerpts, and other vocal music.
Music Manuscripts Online
Online access to high-quality images and descriptions of music manuscripts owned by The Morgan Library & Museum.
Music scores by Brazilian composers.
Neue Mozart-Ausgabe: Digitized Version
Musical text and the critical commentaries of the entire Neue Mozart-Ausgabe, edited by the Internationale Stiftung Mozart in cooperation with the Mozart cities of Augsburg, Salzburg, and Vienna. A project of the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum and The Packard Humanities Institute.
Open Music Score
Public domain music scores in MusicXML format and provided by the user community.
Penn in Hand
The site offers bibliographic information and digital facsimiles for selected collections of manuscript codices, texts, documents, papers, and leaves held by the University of Pennsylvania’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts, as well as those privately owned by Lawrence J. Schoenberg (C53, WG56).
Project Gutenberg: The Sheet Music Project
Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks.
colour photos, not downloadable
Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM)
The RISM database offers a search of over 1.2 million historical musical sources with a focus on the period between 1600 and 1850. When available, links are included in the records directly to the digitized item in the holding institution’s repository.
Sheet Music Consortium
A group of libraries working toward the goal of building an open collection of digitized sheet music using the Open Archives Initiative:Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI:PMH).
- Library of Congress, Music Division – 47,528 records
- Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University – 20,157 records
- Lilly Library, Indiana University – 17,937 records
- Maine Music Box – 11,779 records
- Lester Levy Collection, Johns Hopkins University – 11,590 records
- National Library of Australia – 6,731 records
- UCLA Music Library – 4,593 records
Sibley Music Library
Scores and books in the public domain from the Eastman School of Music at University of Rochester. Many items are unique to the Sibley Music Library collection. Number of Publications in this collection : 8643
Tablature in PDF and PostScript
Approximately 75 pieces of lute music available in eps, pdf, midi, or tab format.
Tomas Luis de Victoria
Contains prints and editions of Victoria, as well as Morales and a few other Spanish composers.
A Traditional Music Library
The traditional and folk music here is categorised into various sections such as: Bluegrass, Old-time, Old Country music, Irish, Scottish, Christian music, Gospel, Worship, Hymns, Ira D Sanky, Christmas Music, Celtic, Ballads, Blues, Jazz, Session Tunes, Carter Family, Children’s Songs etc. Tablature collections for Guitar & mandolin, Singing lessons, Song writing, Chord Charts for piano, guitar, mandolin & banjo. Downloadable PDF scores to print sheet music and MIDI backing tracks for many of the songs. A complete library of 60000+ pages for musicians, bands, music teachers, music students or plain lovers of Real Music as it used to be.
Vatican Exhibit Main Hall: Music
23 colour jpegs of Renaissance manuscripts.
Ville de Laon: Bibliothèque Municipale
Music from the 9th to 15th Centuries.
Virtual Music Rare Book Room
This collection from the University of North Texas is particularly strong in eighteenth-century French opera.
Werner Icking Music Archive
The Sheet Music Archive is part of the Werner Icking Music Archive. It contains ready-to-print sheet music, most in the form of PDF files. A few scores are only available in compressed Postscript format. Merged with IMSLP in July 2012.
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