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MUSI3340: Vocal Literature I: Finding Scores


Music at the Cheng Library

The Cheng Library has a wide range of sheet music resources, including facsimiles of original works, orchestral mini-scores, piano-vocal arrangements, and more!

Finding the right score is actually quite easy...

  1. Select the Books & Media tab on our homepage.
  2. Search for one or more terms that describe what you're looking for (Schubert and songs, French Art Songs, Alma del core, Duke Ellington, etc.)
  3. Then limit your results to Musical Score, on the right side of the results page.


Getting too many results, or not seeing what you're after? Add another term to focus your search.


Your Results

Once you've narrowed your results, take a closer look at the results to find the right one.  By clicking on the title of the work, you can often learn about the arrangement

  • Multiple Languages
    Search on the original language of a song or opera to begin with.  While our catalog might also contain translations (The Barber of Seville vs. Il Barbiere di Siviglia), a second search may be necessary to find all versions.
  • Publisher
    You may not think much of it, but sometimes the same work by different publishers can make a big difference!
  • Voicing
    Be careful to choose the correct voice part that you need.  Some music is very specific (soprano, mezzo-soprano, etc.), while others are less helpful (high, medium, low).  Not to mention those that are only available in the original key and may not be labeled at all.  Sometimes, you just need to get the score to know for sure!
  • Arrangement
    While most of our vocal music is arranged for piano/vocal performance, some items may be full orchestral scores or arranged for small ensembles or various instruments.
  • Collections
    Unless you're looking for an aria or solo in a larger work (opera, oratorio, song cycle, etc.), you may find the songs you're looking for in collections.  These may be organized by composer, voicing, country of origin, or some other criteria.  Check the Table of Contents section of the catalog record to see what songs are available.
  • Availability
    Make sure the score is available before making a trip upstairs to look for it.  Sometimes items are already checked out or have gone missing.  If so, check with a librarian to see if we can help to find another copy.

Search Books & Media


Search the Cheng Library online catalog for books and media. If you need journal articles, go to our Databases page.

Where is the Music???

Have you gone upstairs looking for music books or scores, only to find that our collection jumps from L to P?

Because of the specialized nature of our Art (N) and Music (M) collections, these resources have been separated from the rest of our books, and are available along the front of the building, on the second floor.

Music Classification

The Library of Congress system classifies music using the M call number range.

  •  Music (Scores/Sheet Music)
  • ML  Literature on Music
  • MT  Instruction & Study (Theory/Technique)

Vocal Music

M1495-2199 Vocal Music
M1495     Collections
M1497-1998     Secular vocal music
M1999-2199     Sacred vocal music

Most operas, art songs, and song collections will be located in the range of M1500-1625, although some may be in other locations.