Use the library's online catalog -- the search box on the library's homepage -- to search for scores owned by Doane Library and other libraries around the world. See "Helpful search tips!" to find out how to have more effective searches in the catalog.
Print scores in the library will have the item's availability and Library of Congress call number at the bottom of the brief record. For example:
AvailableDoane University ScoresSCORE M1001 .S567 op. 82 2001
In this example, you can see that the item is available, it's owned by Doane University, located in the Scores area, and its call number is SCORE M1001 .S567 op. 82 2001. See "Browsing by call number" to get an idea of how scores are categorized in the library.
|Scores NOT owned by Doane: To find scores in other libraries, select the limiter "Libraries Worldwide" in the left column. To get these scores you will need to make an interlibrary loan request. Click on the "Request item through interlibrary loan" button on the item's full record screen and fill out the boxes in pink (required information). See the library's Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery page for more information about this service.|
Full score: complete composition for orchestra with or without voices, as it is intended to be performed, with all parts displayed on separate staff. If printed, it is generally large enough to conduct from (i.e., Conductor's score).
Miniature score (Study score, Pocket score): a printed full score that is reduced in size to be used for study purposes.
Condensed score: is either an ensemble score in which the whole is condensed or reduced on to a small number of staves (as distinct from a full score, and also called a ‘short score’), or a composer’s score of an ensemble work, showing his or her intentions on a few staves, with annotations, to be elaborated and fully written out later.
Part: music that is issued for a single instrument or voice
Performance score (Playing score): a full score intended for use in place of a part during performance, typically by a pianist in chamber music. It is not intended for scholarly study, since it may not discuss editorial decisions.
Piano score: is an arrangement for solo piano of any ensemble composition; this term is sometimes used as a synonym for ‘vocal score.’
Vocal score: or ‘piano-vocal score’ is an arrangement of an ensemble composition including voices, in which the instrumental parts are reduced for piano (normally solo) or organ, while the vocal parts appear on separate staves.
Critical edition, Scholarly edition: an edition that contains expert commentary on the original sources. Published in full score, typically with critical notes and lists of readings, and often with supplements containing items composed for specific past performances.
Performing edition: a full or vocal score in which certain performance details, such as tempo, dynamics and phrasing, are supplied by the editor when they don't exist in the original work.
Adaptation, Revision: a vocal or full score whose performing version is intended to make the work more acceptable to modern audiences, or whose existing sources are incomplete and therefore have been supplied by the editor. These editions also might be designed to work around instruments that no longer exist, or to improve upon weak areas of a libretto.
* Definitions are from Oxford Music Online.
The Doane Library categorizes and shelves books according to the Library of Congress Classification system. This is the general outline of LC numbers for scores if you want to browse, but your best bet is to search the catalog if you have a particular work in mind.
M1 - M3
Collections containing both instrumental and vocal music
|M2||Anthologies of masterworks|
|M3||Composers' complete works|
M5 - M1490
|M6 - M14||Organ music|
|M20 - M39||Piano music (M23: piano sonatas)|
|M180 - M298||Duets|
|M300 - M386||Trios|
|M400 - M486||Quartets (M452: string quartets)|
|M500 - M586||Quintets|
|M600 - M686||Sextets|
|M1000 - M1075||Orchestra|
|M1010 - M1011||Piano concertos|
|M1012 - M1013||Violin concertos|
|M1100 - M1160||String orchestra|
|M1200 - M1270||Band|
M1497 - M2199
|M1497 - M1998||Secular vocal music|
|M1500||Opera full scores|
|M1503||Opera vocal scores (accompaniment arranged for piano)|
|M1530 - M1546||Secular choruses with ensemble accompaniment|
|M1547 - M1600||Secular choruses with piano or unaccompanied|
|M1611 - M1624||Secular songs for one voice|
|M1619||Song collections (two or more composers)|
|M1620||Song collections (one composer)|
|M1990 - M1998||Secular vocal music for children|
|M1999 - M2199||Sacred vocal music|
|M2000 - M2007||Oratorios|
|M2020 - M2036||Sacred choruses and cantatas (with ensemble accompaniment)|
|M2060 - M2101||Sacred choruses with piano or unaccompanied|
|M2102 - M2114||Sacred songs for one voice|
|M2115 - M2146||Hymnals|
These collections provide access to digital scores, many that are in the public domain:
To protect the creative rights and market viability of artists such as music composers, governments have enacted legislation called copyright law as far back as the early 18th century. These grant the author or creator of an original work exclusive rights to copy, distribute and adapt the work, but there are time limitations to these rights. Once the duration of a copyright expires -- in the U.S. that is 95 years after publication or 70 years after the creator dies -- the work moves into the public domain. This means that exclusive intellectual property rights no longer apply to the work.