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Choral Music

Help finding scores, recordings, and videos of choral music, as well as information on the history, teaching, and directing of choral music.

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How to Find Music in the Library

1.  To find music in the libraries, go to the library's homepage, and in the main search bar, type in as much as you know about the music.  For example, you can include title, key, opus number, publisher or performer information. Hit enter.

2. In the results, click the link on the bottom of the "Books & Media" box to "view all results".

3. Use the links on the left to refine your search. You can specify that you want printed music (score), sound recording, or video recording. You can also specify if you want to limit to only online resources under "availability". Under "Resource Type" you can select "scores" for printed music, or "audio" for sound recordings and more.

Tips: Try using the English plural of a generic title, such as symphonies or sonatas, instead of the singular version of the term. 

If you use connector words, such as AND, OR, be sure to capitalize them in this search.

 

Finding Music in Historic Editions

Locating music in historic editions, often published in large collections, can be tricky.    These large sets usually consist of music by one composer (Complete works = Gesamptausgaben) or in monuments of music (Denkmäler), which include works by many composers.  Try these steps to locate specific pieces within these collections.

1. Grove Music Online - Find the article on the composer, and look for the link on the left that says "Works". At the end of every composer article is a works list listing each composition and where to find it in the collected editions.

2 Composer Catalogs (Verzeichnis).  If there is a catalog for the composer, often the location of each work in a monumental, collected, or historic edition is indicated.  To look up composer catalogues at Temple University Libraries,  go to Library Search, and do a keyword search for your composer and add the phrase "thematic catalogs", keeping the quotes.  Or, you can just visit the library shelves at ML134, where almost all of the thematic catalogs are arranged by the last name of the composer.  

3.  Index to Printed Music - database that indexes collected, historic, and monumental editions. based on the book Collected Editions, Historical Series & Sets & Monuments of Music: A Bibliography, by George R. Hill and Norris L. Stephens [Berkeley: Fallen Leaf Press, 1997]. You can look up music by composer, geographic area, time period, anthologies, and more.

4.  Look up the music in the following indexes in the library:

Collected Editions, Historical Series & Sets & Monuments of Music: A Bibliography, by George R. Hill and Norris L. Stephens [Berkeley: Fallen Leaf Press, 1997].  

Historical sets, collected editions, and monuments of music : a guide to their contents.  This is the predecessor to the Hill and Stephens work compiled by Ann Harriet Heyer.  

 

Call Numbers for Choral Music - Printed Music

Choral Music - Scores

M1497-1998 Secular Vocal Music
M1530-1546.5 Choruses with Orchestra or other ensemble
M1547-1600 Choruses, part-songs, etc., with accompaniment of keyboard 
or other solo instrument, or unaccompanied
M1609  Unison choruses
M1610 Cantatas, choral symphonies, etc., for unaccompanied chorus 
(secular and sacred) with or without solo voices
M1999-2199 Sacred Vocal Music
M2020-2036  Choruses, cantatas, etc.
M2060-2101.5 Choruses, part-songs, etc., with accompaniment of keyboard 
or other solo instrument, or unaccompanied
M2115-2146 Hymnals. Hymn Collections

Call numbers of full scores of works with chorus and large instrumental ensembles usually end in "0"  If the accompaniment is reduced for keyboard, the call number will end in "3." Example: Opera, full score: M1500; piano reduction: M1503. Oratorio, full score: M2000; piano reduction, M 2003.

Choral Music - Useful Call Numbers

M1495  Collections, mixed sacred and secular
M1497 Collections, secular
M1500-1526 Dramatic Music-operas, ballets, musicals
M1530-1546  Secular choruses with orchestra/ensemble
M1547-1610 Secular choruses, part songs, one solo instrument or a capella
M1999 Mixed sacred works
M2000-2007  Oratorios
M2010-2017 Services (Masses, Requiems)
M2020-2036 Sacred choruses, part songs
M2150-2146 Hymnals with melodies
M2147-2188 Liturgy and ritual of various denominations (graduals, propers, antiponaries, offices, etc.)

 

Online Scores

What used to be music printed on paper is often now available online.  Explore the following sites for online sources of music!

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