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Music Library Guide: Vocal music

a library guide for Music & Dance students

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  • Finding songs/arias using the catalogue

  • Browse vocal scores

  • Vocal Scores on CD

  • Reference Sources

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Vocal Scores on CD


CD Sheet Music™ offers a comprehensive selection of published scores and sheet music by the world's great classical composers from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern eras, including works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, piano, strings, winds, voice, and chorus.

Shelf number = TPZ.
Loan policy: In-library use only.

Select the appropriate CD. Use the public computer marked 'CD Sheet Music' to print the work you are looking for.



Bach, Johann Sebastian - The complete church cantatas TPZ 2001/6732
Beethoven, Ludwig van - German lieder TPZ 742377B
French art songs - Various composers. Includes versions for high and low voice for many songs. TPZ 814202
Puccini, Giacomo - Puccini operas, vocal scores. TPZ 814201
Verdi, Giuseppe - Operas, the complete vocal scores TPZ 2001/11495
Wagner, Richard - Operas, the complete vocal scores TPZ 2001/11496
Vocal exercises TPZ 2001/11494
Early romantic German Lieder: Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mozart & Schumann TPZ 2001/12850
Mid-romantic German Lieder: Complete songs of Brahms, Chopin, Dvorak, Liszt; selected songs of Cornelius, Loewe & Franz TPZ 742375
Late romantic German Lieder: Complete songs of Mahler, Wagner, Wolf; early songs of Berg, Schoenberg, R. Strauss & Webern TPZ 742362
The ultimate soprano aria album TPZ 2001/4742
The ultimate mezzo-soprano/alto aria album TPZ 2001/4743
The ultimate tenor aria album TPZ 2001/4744
The ultimate baritone/bass aria album TPZ 2001/4745
Schubert, Franz - The complete songs TPZ 2001/4741


Reference Sources

Bradley, Carol June. Index to poetry in music :  a guide to the poetry set as solo songs by 125 major song composers.
Shelf number TR 784.03 BRAD

Brahms, Johannes, 1833-1897. Brahms' complete song texts :  in one volume containing solo songs, duets, Liebeslieder waltzes (both sets), the Alto rhapsody, folk song arrangements. 
Shelf number
TR 782.10268 BRAH

Ferguson, Gary Lynn. Song finder :  a title index to 32,000 popular songs in collections, 1854-1992.
Shelf number
TR 784.03 FERG

Goodfellow, William D, 1947-. SongCite :  an index to popular song.
Shelf number
TR 784.03 GOOD

McTyre, Ruthann Boles, 1954-. Library resources for singers, coaches, and accompanists :  an annotated bibliography, 1970-1997.
Shelf number
TR 781.9714 MACT

The New Grove dictionary of opera / edited by Stanley Sadie ; managing editor, Christina Bashford. 4 volumes.
Shelf number
TR 782.03 NEW

Stahl, Dorothy. A selected discography of solo song :  supplement, 1971-1974.
Shelf number
TR 789.9137 STA

Schumann index. Part 2An alphabetical index to the solo songs of Robert Schumann / compiled by William J. Weichlein.
Shelf number
TR 781.972 SCHUM

Finding songs/arias using the catalogue

It is very important to use Primo (the online catalogue) to quickly find a piece of music.

Type in the search box the name of the composer and the song title (omit 'stop words', e.g. The A An)



To find: Mädchen oder Weibchen by Mozart:  Type: mozart weibchen tp


  • keep it simple
  • last name of composer is usually sufficient
  • words with diacritics (Mädchen) are sometimes problematic; if you have to use it try it with the diacritics and without
  • add tp to limit results to scores (i.e. exlude recordings and books)

If this does not work, establish if the song comes from a larger work. Then search for the larger work.
Mädchen oder Weibchen is from the opera

Browse vocal scores

It is very important to use Primo (the online catalogue) to quickly find a piece of music.

However it is also useful to 'browse' (when you are not looking for a specific work) through the scores to see what is available.

There are different sections of vocal sheet music which can be browsed:

    1. Opera - Vocal scores
      1. Shelf number: TP 780.7 then A-Z by composer, e.g. TP 780.7 MOZA,  TP 780.7 VERD,  TP 780.7 WAGN
      2. Note: the vocal score will include the arias from the opera.
    2. Musicals - Vocal scores
      1. Shelf number: TP 780.8 then A-Z by composer, e.g. TP 780.8 LOEW,  TP 780.8 WEBB,  TP 780.8
      2. Note: the vocal score will include the songs from the musical.
    3. Scores containing one or more songs/arias by one composer

  1. Shelf number: TP 780.3 then A-Z by composer, e.g. TP 780.3 BRAH,  TP 780.3 MOZA,  TP 780.3SCHUB

There are also numerous song anthologies. The contents of these anthologies are searchable in the online catalogue.If you search for the composer and the title the online catalogue (Primo) will retrieve the record.

          Example: The singer's musical theatre anthology :  volume 3, tenorTP 780.89 SING

  Contents on Primo (the online catalogue):

Born to dance (film). Easy to love (you'd be so easy to love) -- Brigadoon. Almost like being in love --           Cabaret.    Tomorrow belongs to me ; I don't care much -- Chicago. Mister Cellophane -- Diamonds. What you'd call a dream --  Dick Tracy (film). What can you lose -- Easter parade (film). Steppin' out with my baby -- Follies. Buddy's blues   ; Make the most of your music -- (etc.)