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Digital Resources at the Curtis Library

Posted by Emily Butler Waters on 9/2/20 1:42 PM


4th floor stacksAre you stuck at home and missing access to Curtis Library’s phenomenal score collection? Have you tried searching the internet for digital copies of sheet music but come up short? If you answered yes to either of these questions, we are here to help. Published music is covered by U.S. and international copyright laws so it is nearly impossible to find free, legal, digital copies. The library, however, is paying for all Curtis students, faculty, and staff to have access to two digital sheet music databases.

Curtis is the first academic institution in the United States to partner with Nkoda.


Nkoda is an app based product that includes music from publishing houses such as Boosey & Hawkes, Bärenreiter, Breitkopf & Härtel and more. Within the app you can annotate, highlight, and mark up the scores and even share those updates with your friends and colleagues. To access Nkoda, email library@curtis.edu for a unique link. Follow the instructions to download the app and set up an account. From there, you have free access to all that Nkoda offers.

Curtis also subscribes to volumes III and IV of Classical Scores Library.

This Alexander Street Press product allows you to annotate and print scores and parts. Alexander streetVolume III features modern editions of works by Bach, Beethoven, Berlioz, Brahms, Byrd, Gibbons, Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Monteverdi, Mozart, and Purcell, as well as classic works by Elgar, De Falla, Franck, Holst, Joubert, Maxwell-Davies, Musgrave, Saariaho, Sallinen, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, and many more. Volume IV places particular focus on canonical contemporary composers from the 20th and 21st centuries. 


To access Classical Scores Library follow this link https://ezproxy.curtis.edu/login?url=https://search.alexanderstreet.com/shmu and enter your Curtis email username (firstname.lastname) and your Curtis email password.

These resources can never replace the library’s collection of print materials, but until we can welcome you back into the building, they can help us all feel a bit more connected to the music we love.


Topics: Curtis Archives and Library, Technology