Why should you use (and cite!) different types of scores in your research?
There are a number of different options when it comes to scores you can use for research and performance:
- Scholarly editions, including collected/historical sets (M2s), collected/complete works editions (M3s), and Urtext editions
- Performing editions
When conducting music research, you should choose your edition carefully based on your personal research needs:
- Do you need a scholarly edition that captures the composer’s final intention for the piece?
- Are you looking for a score to use in performance that includes suggestions from an expert interpreter of that style or genre?
- Have you identified what you think is a wrong note or inaccurate text in a specific edition and need to compare it to others to find out if that’s really what you’ve found?
- Etc., etc., etc.
For more information on the different types of scores, visit the tabs on this guide.
Questions? Need help?
Anyone can access scores through the University Libraries - you don't need to be a music major! All members of the campus community can borrow the Music Library's print scores, and digital scores are available to campus affiliates on- and off-campus with a UMN Internet ID and password. Our materials are also available to our wider community of the general public for in-library use when you visit the Music Library in person, and non-UMN users can borrow many of our scores via Interlibrary Loan through a local public library branch. The tabs on the right side of this guide feature information and links to a number of resources, and instructions on how you can get started with using them.
If you need help, please contact Music Librarian Jessica Abbazio (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Music Library staff (email@example.com).