Sheet music

Are you looking for sheet music? Below you will find a list of options.

Collection of sheet music

The collection of sheet music focuses on scholarly research and not on performing music. In WorldCat use the option Advanced Search>Format>Musical Score. You can search by composer, title and genre. The original music notation noted down before 1800 often differs from the modern music notation. The library has many of these original notations on microfilms, microfiches or photos.Usually the material consists of pictures from old manuscripts or early printed works from other libraries.

How are the shelves organised?

The sheet music is arranged according to size.

Shelf number  
Pa 4 Large score
Pa 8 Small score
Kam Chamber music
Klav Piano music
Klav obl Piano music oblong
Kl uittr Piano reduction
Zg Vocal
Serie General works by composer, genre or period

Other Dutch libraries

  • In WorldCat use the option Advanced Search>Format>Musical Score. At "Library" select "Libraries in The Netherlands".

Digital sources

Lots of sheet music is digitally available, for instance via the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP). However, this material is often outdated and does not reflect the current scholarly views.

Search tools

There are thematic catalogues (such as the Johann Sebastian Bach oeuvre catalogue with BWV numbers) in which you will find more information about a composition, for instance an opus number. Also in the Grove Music Online, part of the Oxford Music Online, an overview of works is available, arranged by composer. Lots of sheet music of less known composers have never appeared in print, but are only available as manuscripts. Please check the Grove Music Online or RISM Online Catalogue of Musical Sources if a printed version exists. These sources also tell you what libraries hold the manuscripts.

More information

Further information can be found in the Libguide Sheet music.