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Finding Music in the Library
Specialised music indexes
We have non-current issue of these in print format, in Merchiston Library:
Other specialised music services exist, such as International Index to Music Periodicals. If you find you need access to these, or the current years of RILM or Music Index in the Honours years of your course, see the section on visiting other libraries.
Edinburgh Central Library in George IV Bridge has a large music section, and should be visited before you consider requesting access to other academic libraries. They may be able to search their music indexes for you if you ask at the service desk.
Edinburgh University Main Library, George Square, now incorporates the Reid Music Library collection: if you need to visit you should register first with Sconul Access to gain access. Staff, postgraduates and part-time students may be able to borrow some items, but please note that full-time Edinburgh Napier undergraduate students will not normally be allowed to borrow material from Edinburgh University Library unless you pay their external user fees.
CDs often contain works by more than one composer, but can only be shelved in one place. Music is international, and the same work can be equally well known by its title in several languages - e.g. The Marriage of Figaro / Le Nozze di Figaro / Die Hochzeit des Figaro. Sometimes you can find what you want just by going to the shelf, but often this is not enough.
The best way to find anything in the library is to use LibrarySearch
Our music collection is arranged according to format:
Books, reference books, journals, videos and audiovisual kits are shelved alongside other subjects, but nearly everything to do with music will be found in the 780 range of classmark numbers.
The main exceptions are:
Law relating to music
Finding types of music
We have separate sections for Scores, Miniature Scores and Oversize Scores.
We shelve our printed music and recordings in composer order, and then by the shelfmark, by popular request.
for example, Schubert is SCH50, while Schumann is SCH80.
Each composer is further subdivided using the Dewey Decimal numbers, so that Beethoven's piano music is kept separate from his symphonies, for example.
i.e. if the catalogue tells you that the CD of a Beethoven symphony is at Compact Discs 784.2184 BEE50 -
We still have a small amount of printed music that is not yet on the catalogue: these items come at the end of the scores section, arranged alphabetically by composer.
Music stock is held in Merchiston Campus Library - for location information can be found in LIbrarySearch.
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Directories and yearbooks
Music history & anthologies
We have a large collection of CDs, DVDs and videos on musical subjects that can be borrowed or viewed in the Campus Library.
British Music Collection The British Music Collection is a remarkable resource consisting of scores and recordings from contemporary British composers. The majority of the collection dates from 1960 onwards, but it also encompasses material stretching back to 1900.
Cadenza "Provides classical music resources and information for and about contemporary and classical music and musicians". This site seems to be popular with composers, although its content is wider than just composition and new music. Includes a database of concert programme notes
Scottish Music Centre The Scottish Music Centre, (formerly SMIC) exists to document and promote Scottish music. At present the main focus is on contemporary classical music, but other types of music are increasingly represented. Includes information on composers, recordings, music for performance and a comprehensive concert diary.
Sound and Music Sound and Music is the national agency for new music. Our vision is to create a world where new music and sound prospers, transforming lives, challenging expectations and celebrating the work of its creators.
Solomon's Music Theory & Composition Resources There are some potentially useful resources here, especially for anyone interested in 12-tone compositions and Music from Numbers