CD Sheet Music provides access to public domain scores which have been scanned in PDF form. The following collections related to vocal repertoire are accessible at the Jones Music Library Circulation Desk.
Typically, vocal music and opera repertoire is published in collections (e.g. Schubert Lieder) or within a complete work (Mozart's Così fan tutte). The library collection also includes anthologies of songs published for specific tessituras and/or specific genre (e.g. German lieder for the mezzo soprano).
Use the following guidelines when searching OPAL for vocal repertoire.
|Searching for...||Keyword Search||Alternate Keyword search||Limited to material type|
|Popular song||Composer's last name AND song title||Composer's last name AND "songs" (or title of larger work)||music score|
|Aria||Composer's last name AND aria title (original language)||Composer's last name AND Title of opera||music score|
|Lieder||Composer's last name AND Lieder title (original language)||Composer's last name AND "songs"||music score|
|Complete opera||Composer's last name AND Title of the work (original work)||Composer's last name AND Alternate title||music score|
For comprehensive repertoire lists for voice & opera, see the Bibliography tab in this guide.
The Online Sheet Music Library is a collection of vocal music based on the library of Kari Kuosmanen. Each score is available in the Sibelius file format. Therefore, one can easily transpose a given composition. The library is free of charge. It requires the use of the Scorch plug-in.
The following table outlines important call numbers for vocal and opera repertoire.
|M 1500||Operas - Full scores|
|M 1503||Operas - Vocal scores|
|M 1507||Operas Anthologies|
|M 1611-1998||Singing and vocal techniques|
|M 1619||Songs & lieder (printed music)|
|M 1620||Anthologies with piano|
|M 1621||Collections with piano (one composer)|
|M 1627-1853c||National music|
|M 1999-2199||Sacred Vocal Music|
|M 2102-2114||Sacred songs for one voice|
There are a wide variety of public domain scores available on the Internet. The Loeb Music Library at Harvard University provides a more comprehensive list of digital scores collections available on the web. This is a list of more substantial collections.