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Many of the online collections below contain digitized images of scores in manuscript (MS) format. Please view the Manuscript Scores tab in the menu above for more information about finding items in this specific format.
General Score Collections
Choral Public Domain Library
A wiki providing access to more than 12,000 choral works in the public domain. Allows browsing by genre, voicing, language, and composer nationality. Be aware that the scores here have been re-set using music notation software, often with no attribution to the original source.
Provides digital copies of about 300 16th-century anthologies of printed music. The volumes contain approximately 10,000 musical compositions, consisting mainly of partbooks of vocal polyphony, but also including some early printed tablatures for keyboard or plucked string instruments. Includes music printed in Italy, Germany, France and England.
International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
A virtual library created, based on the wiki principle, to gather public domain music scores as well as music scores of contemporary composers who wish to grant free access to their works. IMSLP provides access to a large array of public domain music scores. Over 6,500 composers are represented, and multiple editions, arrangements, and parts are available for some works.
Provides digitized images of this collection’s 138 autograph manuscripts, sketches, engravers proofs, and first editions. Includes works by Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, Copland, Liszt, Mozart, Schumann, Stravinsky, and others.
Provides digitized images of manuscripts from this library. Includes works by Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, Debussy, Faure, Mahler, Mozart, Schumann, and others.
Open Music LibraryOpen Music Library brings together music scores from the world’s digital collections as well as peer-reviewed journal articles and books.
Score ExchangeScore Exchange offers thousands of sheet music scores for download for every instrumentation imaginable - from solo pieces to works for full orchestra, from classical to pop. Preview and purchase downloads of sheet music on a variety of systems and devices
Search scores available from library catalogs across across the world. On the search screen, limit your format to Music Scores and search by keyword
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