Classical Scores Library will contain 400,000 pages of the most important classical music scores, manuscripts, and previously unpublished material, allowing for the study and analysis of more than 8,000 musical scores.
Many items have associated audio tracks in Classical Music Library, so that subscribers to both databases can listen to a recording online while following along with the full score.
The use of printed scores typically requires research across a variety of formats – paper, digital images, proprietary electronic formats – and through a variety of interfaces. Classical Scores Library allows users to access multiple types of scores across various composers, genres, and time periods. Within seconds, beginning music students can explore Beethoven’s entire compositional output, or music experts can compare different musical settings of the Magnificat from the 15th century to the 21st century — without the need to find and carry heavy scores and multiple CDs.
Classical Scores Library is the first classical scores collection that allows for a truly integrated musical experience. All opera, vocal, and choral texts are rekeyed to allow for deep searching and textual analysis. Links to the audio recordings in Classical Music Library allow users to listen along while viewing the score.
Scholars and students will find answers easily to queries such as:
How many Handel operas used baritone characters?
What sacred genres were composed in the late Baroque period?
What compositions use the word freude in the text?
Show me all scores with figured bass.
What vocal duets are available from the Romantic period?
I want to compare musical settings of Goethe’s Faust.
Find 17th century compositions for solo mandolin.
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