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Music

Guide to finding music materials & getting started with music research.

Finding Scores & Recordings in Mirlyn

Use Mirlyn, the online catalog of the U-M Libraries, to search for scores and recordings. You'll find a link to Mirlyn in the upper-right corner of any library webpage.

Title searching works well when searching for books and journals; however, 'All Fields' searching is recommended when looking for musical scores and recordings because it can be difficult to predict how a title will appear on a score or CD.

If you know the composer and title, combine terms from both for your search.

 

Since 'All Fields' searching allows you to search any element of the bibliographic record, you can specify a particular performer, publisher, or other requirement in your search.

 

You can refine your search using either the options on the Advanced Search page or the 'Refine Search' options on the left-hand side of the results screen. Format limiting is particularly useful when searching for music.

Additional Search Examples

Below are more examples of 'All Fields' searches for finding musical works. Use the format limit on the Advanced Search page to narrow your search to scores, CDs, DVDs, or another format.

  • chopin AND etudes AND perahia (to find Chopin Etudes performed by Murray Perahia)
  • mozart AND figaro AND vocal (to find vocal scores of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro)
  • brahms AND quintets AND piano AND henle (to find a Henle edition of Brahms's Piano Quintet)
  • "i get a kick out of you" (to find scores/recordings of this song)
  • bach AND suites AND violoncello AND saxophone (to find arrangements of the Bach Cello Suites for saxophone)
  • wozzeck AND libretto (to find the libretto to Berg's opera Wozzeck)