Free Music Score Library: International Music Score Library

international music score library project 

Known in short as IMSLP, the International Music Score Library contains over 11,000 musical scores and annotations!  This website is formatted as a WIKI page. A WIKI page is a collaborative informational website that stores information in an easily retrievable database.  Perhaps the best known WIKI is Wikipedia.

As music is an internationally neutral format, this WIKI is already translateable into over a dozen languages.  Also, as with any WIKI, IMSLP has it’s own contributor portal and allows for users to edit, discuss and add to its growing database.

You may browse scores via Composer name, Composer Period, Work Genre and Work period. IMSLP contains works for composers whose works are largely in the public domain. For instance, a quick search for Claude Debussyreveals 51 works that are easily accessible and downloadable from this site.  Scores are available in PDF format

This resource is a “must bookmark” for any serious musician.  To think, only 5 or so years ago something like this would have been nearly impossible and now we have over 11,000 scores “at our fingertips”!

Hat tip to Jason Heath for making me re-aware of this tremendous site.   In his article, he also writes about another great project: Neue Mozart-Ausgabe: Digitized Version which I’ve spoke of in previous articles… another fine resource!


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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is the creator of many education websites, a lecturer, clinician, trumpeter, and conductor. He is currently the Associate Chair of Music and Director of Bands in the Calderwood School of Arts at Grove City College in PA. He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award and the PA Citation of Excellence. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators and the current Vice-President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He also writes for DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and is the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. Find out more at his website