Resource Highlight: International Music Score Library Project

The International Music Score Library Project/Petrucci Music Library provides music scores free of charge to anyone with an internet connection.

The ultimate goal of the IMSLP is to gather all public domain music scores, in addition to the music scores of all contemporary composers (or their estates) who wish to release them to the public free of charge. However, another main goal of IMSLP is to facilitate the exchange of musical ideas outside of compositions: for example, the analysis of a particular piece of music… We hope to build a growing community of dedicated musicians and music lovers, who can use this site as a platform for enjoying music.

Find scores by searching composers, nationality, time period, instrumentation/genre, or the collections of the Werner Icking Music Archive.  Whether the score is from a well-known composer such as Ludwig van Beethoven (341 scores available) or lesser-known composer such as Bedrich Smetana (76 scores available), you might be able to find it here.  (You can also perform a search of the subscription Naxos Music Library from here.)  There are also scores from traditional and folk songs, and  from composers all over the world.  For example, check out the score of “Kyrie eleison in G major” by Nigerian composer Edewede Oriwoh.

Some scores have synthesized/MIDI performances available as well as arrangements and transcriptions.  Bonus: there are also recordings of performances for many of the pieces!

[The featured image is a snippet of “Chun Jiang Hua Yue Ye” a Chinese folk song from the Ming Dynasty.]

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Dr. Annelies Kamran is V.P. for Content and Product Development at WorldView Software, Inc.

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