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  • La Bibliothèque de Genève déploie sur 4 sites un patrimoine écrit, imprimé, musical et iconographique unique qu’elle sélectionne, protège, valorise et transmet au grand public comme au public scientifique.
  • Site internet de la Bibliothèque de Genève


  • Les Bibliothèques municipales sont des lieux de rencontre, de découverte et de partage qui vous proposent de nombreux documents à emprunter ainsi que des activités gratuites pour petit-e-s et grand-e-s.
  • Site Internet des Bibliothèques municipales


  • Les musées d’art et d’histoire, le Musée d’ethnographie et le Museum d’histoire naturelle, les Conservatoires et Jardin botaniques et le Fond municipal d’art contemporain proposent un accès à leur bibliothèque scientifique .
  • Site internet


  • Vous avez une question et vous souhaitez une réponse personnalisée? Le réseau des bibliothèques genevoises vous offre, en moins de trois jours, un résultat fiable et des sources identifiées.
  • Service Interroge

Historique

How to search for musical scores

Searching for musical scores in the encyclopedic catalogue presents a special case.

All of La Musicale’s scores can be found in the RERO Explore Genève , the Network of Genevan libraries. In an extensive catalogue devoted mostly to books, you will find: 

– scores by designation (Musique imprimée, i.e., sheet music)
– scores that come with a CD by designation (Ensemble multi-supports, i.e., multi-support item)
– handwritten scores by designation (Musique manuscrite, i.e., handwritten score)

When there is no particular designation, the item is either a text of some kind or a book.

A specific search

– search for a precise work by a well-known composer, use the access by author index.
– search for a repertory or a selection of pieces, use the access by classification (by index or keyword)
– search by musical genre with the prefix musg
– search by instrumentation with the prefix musi

The wording of the search by classification (musg or musi), as well as the order of the list of instruments indicated must be respected. You can also use the checklists of validated terms to narrow your search:


Several sites to help you with your search are also available online:

Searching for a score on the shelves

Scores are also directly accessible in the open access room. Items are classified by musical genres and instruments.

Items in storage

All items that are held in storage are accessible by request.

– consult the catalogues (the RBG catalogue)
– fill out a form with the call numbers of the items you would like to have
– go to the reception desk with your library card or a valid ID
– requested items will be brought to you immediately for consultation in the library or circulation
list of call numbers and their meaning

Digital scores

If you haven’t found what you are looking for, there are digital scores available online:

– scores from RERO-DOC
– free online scores via our series of links

Doing a search for digital materials on music

Most digital resources are under license; they can be accessed from the terminals of La Musicale as well as those of the bibliothèques du Réseau RBG.

The new interface Explore integrates all of the digital resources of our partner libraries as well as the resources that are outside our catalogue.

In the advanced search function, you have several options to choose from, “Search in All resources,” “Geneva Catalogue,” or “Online resources.”

Tips for certain types of searches

For biographical articles, or catalogues of works:
Oxford Music Online

To create a specialized music bibliography

RILM (Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale/International Repertory of Music Literature)

To locate musical sources

RISM (Répertoire International de Sources Musicales/International Inventory of Musical Sources)

To find resources in the humanities (articles, reviews, etc.)

JSTOR – Platform for academic journals, books and primary sources
Revues.org
CAIRN

To listen to music online

Discothèque Naxos
Listening station

To consult the question-and-answer site InterroGE

InterroGE, music category

Maison des arts du Grütli, Rue du Général-Dufour 16
1204 Genève

T: +41 22 418 35 80
F: +41 22 418 35 81
bmus(at)ville-ge[dot]ch

La Musicale
Tuesday: 3 pm – 7 pm
Wednesday: 2 pm – 6 pm
Thursday: 1 pm – 5 pm
Friday: 1 pm – 5 pm

Tullia Guibentif
Head librarian
T: +41 22 418 35 80
bmus(at)ville-ge.ch

Free online sheet music

Writing music – free software