Books and printed music are arranged according to the Library of Congress' Classification System. The library has circulating and non-circulating (reference) collections. Each collection is divided in to three sections.
The Jones Music Library has distinct collections for music education and music therapy resources. A complete description of the library's collections may be found here.
Typically, vocal music and music theatre repertoire is published in collections (e.g. Broadway Songs of the 1940s) or within a complete work (Rodgers/Hammerstein. Carousel). The library collection also includes anthologies of songs published for specific tessituras and/or specific genres (e.g. Singers Musical Theatre Anthology). The Jones Music Library includes a modest collection of musical librettos.
Use the following guidelines when searching OPAL for vocal repertoire.
|Searching for...||Keyword Search||Alternate Keyword search||Limited to material type|
|Popular song/Lieder||Composer's last name AND song title (original language)||Composer's last name AND "songs" (or title of larger work)||music score|
|Aria/song from opera/musical||Composer's last name AND song title (original language)||Composer's last name AND Title of opera/musical||music score|
|Complete opera/musical||Composer's last name AND Title of the work (original work)||Composer's last name AND Alternate title||music score|
|Libretto||Title of the work AND "librettos"||Librettist's last name AND "librettos" or "lyrics"||book|
|M 1500||Operas/Musicals - Full scores|
|M 1503||Operas/Musicals - Vocal scores|
|M 1572||Film music|
|M 1619||Songs & lieder (printed music)|
|M 1620||Anthologies with piano|
|M 1621||Collections with piano (one composer)|
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.