Western Libraries

Sheet Music - Online Resources

The Music Library subscribes to one online site which offers printed (and print-able) music.  With your Western username and password, you have access to this site:

Music Online [electronic resource] : Classical Scores Library.

Sadly, this next site no longer offers a subscription option to either institutions or individuals, but can be an absolute godsend when you require a single art song in an elusive key:
Schubertline - USER-PAY

The online score service for singers and accompanists:  instant printed sheet music of lieder, songs, and arias - view, play and print in any key, using Sibelius Scorch, the free software for downloading and printing sheet music from the Internet.  Payment in either $US or GBP on your credit card.

Free Online Sheet Music Sources:

The Drs. James L. and Margaret Whitby Music Collections:
A magnificent gift (in-process) to Western University of several thousand titles of printed music published between 1760 and 1850. These titles are freely-available to music scholars, professional musicians, and music-making amateurs alike.

Sheet Music from Canada's Past:
Copyright-free sheet music published in Canada before 1921, selected from Library and Archives Canada's historical collection.

IMSLP / Petrucci Music Project
The free public domain sheet music library, hosted in Canada. IMSLP has recently developed a subscription option, but one needs only to wait 15 seconds to use the free option.

The Juilliard Manuscript Collection
Access to 140 digitized autographed manuscripts ranging from Beethoven to Mahler to Copland.

Early Music Online
Early Music Online is the result of a pilot project in which more than 300 volumes of 16th-century music from the British Library were digitised from microfilm.

Historic American Sheet Music:
Rare book, manuscripts etc. from Duke University

Indiana University "In Harmony" Sheet Music
A selection of sheet music from the Liily Library- part of Indiana University's Digital Library Program.

African American Sheet Music, 1850-1920:
Subject, name, and title access to digitzied images of 1,305 pieces of African American sheety music from Brown University.

The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music:
From the John Hopkins University. An online catalogue of over 29,000 pieces of American sheet music dating from 1780 to1960.

Choral Public Domain Library
Free choral/vocal scores, texts, translations, and other useful information.

MusOpen
Access to free copies of recordings, textbooks, and sheet music.

MuseScore
MuseScore is a free cross-platform WYSIWYG music notation program that offers a cost-effective alternative to commercial programs such as Sibelius and Finale.  You can print beautifully engraved sheet music or save it as PDF or MIDI file.

Score-Online
Offers free downloads of sheet music available in the public domain.

Composer-specific websites:

Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe from IMSLP

Beethoven Haus Bonn Digital Archives
The Digital Archives contain unique music manuscripts, first editions, letters and pictures from the museum's and library's collections of the Beethoven-Haus.

Brahms-Institut

Chopin Early Editions
The Chopin collection at the University of Chicago Library includes over 400 digitized versions of first and early printed editions of musical compositions by Frédéric Chopin.

Handel- from Münchener Digitalisierung Zentrum Digitale Bibliothek

Liszt- from Münchener Digitalisierung Zentrum Digitale Bibliothek

Jean-Baptiste Lully Collection
From the University of North Texas, a collection of early editions of operas and ballets by Lully.

Mendelssohn- from Münchener Digitalisierung Zentrum Digitale Bibliothek

Neue Mozart-Ausgabe
A digitized version of the Neue Mozart Ausgabe containing musical texts and critical commentaries.

Schubert Online
Not to be confused with the singers' resource SCHUBERTLINE (discussed above), Schubert Online contains digital reproductions of more than 500 score autographs, letters, and life documents by Franz Schubert.

Schumann- from Münchener Digitalisierung Zentrum Digitale Bibliothek