Sheet music contains the graphical representation of musical works. A musical work is graphically represented by means of musical notes or another kind of musical notation. Sheet music can be found on several carriers (for instance paper, microfilm of microfiche), or is digitally available.
The collection of Musicology (MUZ) can be found in the University Library City Centre in section D, level -1. The reference collection can also be found in section D but on level 0. All sheet music and books can be requested via our catalogue.
A musical composition (in print) can often be found in the catalogue of Utrecht University Library
Do you know the name of the composer and the title of the composition?
If so, enter the name of the composer and one or more words from the title in "Search in All fields". Enter a limited number of search terms to narrow down your search. For instance:
You are looking for the sheet music of the Sonata for piano and violin KV 30 by the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In Search in All Fields, enter Mozart KV 30 (more search terms are not needed as these three are sufficient). You will be shown a list of results. Next click on Filter, go to Material Type and choose the option Printed music. The result: a small number of hits, of which most are relevant.
You are looking for sheet music of the cantata Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht BWV 105 by Johann Sebastian Bach. Enter at Search in All Fields: Bach gericht 105. A list of four hits is the result. Click on Filter, go to Material Type and select Printed music. The result: 3 hits, all of them relevant.
Do you only have the title of the composition? Or do you only know a few words from the title?
In that case, enter one or more words from the title in "Search Titlewords". Also select a few search terms that will make your search as specific as possible. For instance:
You are looking for the sheet music of Musique pour l'esprit en deuil (you have forgotten the name of the composer). Enter musique deuil at Search Title Words. You will be shown a list of results, apparently the combination of terms was specific enough as all results relate to the composition Musique pour l'esprit en deuil by the composer Rudolf Escher. Now click on Filter, next go to Material Type and select the option Printed music.
Nowadays, lots of sheet music is also digitally available. Often sheet music is copyright free if the work or the publication dates back 70 years or more (however, this may differ per country).
ATTENTION PLEASE: These older sheet music editions are not always up to date from a scientific point of view. Prudence is necessary when you use them. A newer edition (in paper form), which reflects the actual scientific views on the composition, will often be available in the Musicology department of Utrecht University Library. You can find these newer editions through the library catalogue (see above, Searching for sheet music in Utrecht University Library.)
If you are looking for digital sheet music: here are some important starting points:
More about sheet music by separate composers can be found on the page Find out more