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Anne Potter Wilson Music Library

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Classical Scores Library

Classical Scores Library is a series of four online volumes that provide authoritative sources for scores of the classical canon as well as for many contemporary works. These collections encompass the major art music genres from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, and include full, study, piano, and vocal scores.

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Launched in 2006, the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) aims "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." Because IMSLP is a public wiki-based project, the quality of individual scans and editions is highly variable. IMSLP seeks to adhere to Canadian copyright law, so you should be certain that any scores that you use from the site are in the public domain in the United States.

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nkoda is a digital sheet music app that provides access to tens of thousands of scores from some of the best publishers. The score reader is optimized for iPads and tablets with a suite of tools that allow you to create and share annotations. Follow these steps to use the Music Library’s subscription to nkoda:

  • Download the nkoda app on your device(s) by searching for nkoda on the App Store, Mac App Store, Google Play, or Microsoft.
  • Once you have downloaded and opened the app, select the Institution option (under Sign Up).
  • You will be prompted to sign in to nkoda. Search for and select Vanderbilt University (NOT ZZZ-Vanderbilt University).
  • You will then be sent through Vanderbilt’s single sign on verification. Use your VUNetID and password to log in.
  • Click yes. You’re now logged in and ready to use nkoda!

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Recent Researches in Music Online

Recent Researches in Music Online (RRIMO): RRIMO is a digital version of scores published in the Recent Researches series by A-R Editions, including Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, 19th-20th Centuries, American, Oral Traditions, and Collegium Musicum.  The scores are DRM-free and can be printed or downloaded.


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