In recent years, sources for free online classical music scores have blossomed on the Web.

Here are a six outstanding sites.

Additional websites offering free and low-cost downloadable sheet music can be accessed via MusiciansWay.com under Practice, Instrument-Specific Resources, and For Singers.

  • The Petrucci Music Library at the Internet Music Score Library Project (IMSLP). Online since February 2006, the site offers a vast collection of scores for free download. IMSLP aims “to create a virtual library containing all public domain music scores as well as scores from composers who are willing to share their music with the world without charge.”
  • The Werner Icking Music Archive. Various scores available for download; hosted by the Department of Computer Science at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. [Update: WIMA has merged with IMSLP]
  • Online musical scores from the Cook Music Library at Indiana University. “Designed primarily for online display, not for printing.”
  • The Neue Mozart Ausgabe (New Mozart Edition) free digital version, published by Bärenreiter. The complete works of Mozart. For online display.
  • Schubert-online.at.  Digital images of Schubert’s manuscripts; includes images of letters and other documents.
  • African-American Sheet Music, 1850-1920. A collection of 1,305 pieces owned by Brown University and cataloged at the Library of Congress.

Are you making use of online sources for scores? If so, how do you use them?

Updated sources for scores are posted on MusiciansWay.com.

© 2009 Gerald Klickstein

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