This guide gives an overview on how to find and research music in Fondren Library. Below is a list of more specific music research guides.
Finding Scores and Recordings online
Fondren subscribes to the following streaming music libraries. Check here if you don't find it by searching the catalog. NOTE: Off-campus users must use a Rice VPN account to listen.
Free public domain scores, and sometimes parts, available for downloading.
No Rice affiliation needed.
Opera in Video: This collection presents an overview of 250 of the most commonly studied operas in music history, opera literature, and performance classes.
Medici TV: Over 100 live, free-of charge, outstanding classical music concerts, each year, in partnership with the world's top artists and music institutions.
1,000 VOD programmes including concerts, operas, recitals, documentaries, master-classes, artist's portraits and archive material.
Finding sound recordings in OneSearch
Browsing the shelves for music
The Brown Fine Arts Library is located on the third floor of Fondren Library. Music scores, books, and both current issues and bound volumes of music periodicals, are kept here, along with the music librarian's office. Sound and video recordings, and course reserve materials, are held behind the main circulation desk on the first floor.
If you want to browse our collection for a certain type of music (e.g. flute solos), the call number arrangement makes it easy to do so. Click on the links below for the full outline of music call numbers.
|M – Music Score||Organized by size of ensemble: M100s = solos; M200s = duets, etc. M1000s are orchestral works; M1500s are operas/musicals; M2000s are choral works.|
Within these large categories, scores are organized by instrumentation, then by composer. If you want to browse all string quartets, search 'string quartets' by keyword and narrow by score to get a more specific call number than M400.
|ML – Books, information about music||ML410 is the call number for composer biographies, arranged alphabetically by name.|
|MT – Music Education||Books on learning about any aspect of music, including how to play various instruments.|