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Online Sheet-Music Sources

January 1, 2004

The Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection — Johns Hopkins University's private collection of more than 29,000 pieces of popular American music published between 1780 and 1960 — is available in its near-entirety for online viewing and printing.

You don't have to travel to Washington, D.C., to see the more than 47,000 pieces of sheet music published in America between 1870 and 1885 from the collection held at the Music Division of the Library of Congress!

Ebay, the famous auction site, has thousands of sheet music items for sale, and the offerings change often. Just click on the Sheet Music link to see what's currently available.

Boosey and Hawkes, one of Britain's oldest publishers of classical music and educational materials, makes it easy to order its products online at this site.

Order your favorite score online from Encore Music Company, a well-stocked Indiana-based accessories and sheet-music retailer.

This site does the work for you, compiling links to free online sheet music. You can even subscribe to their e-zine, which will inform you of new additions to their site.

The Web site of popular sheet-music publisher Hal Leonard offers state-by-state links to sheet-music retailers' Web sites, many of which offer online ordering. Also at this site is a comprehensive links page of online stores that sell sheet music directly.

Sheet-music retailer J. W. Pepper's well-stocked online bookstore includes sound clips, free downloadable MIDI files, and the ability to view sample pages of a score before buying.

You'll find free downloadable classical sheet music at the Music Scores site, along with links to other sheet-music resources on the Web.

Check out the expanding selection of downloadable sheet music for sale at the Musicnotes site. The proprietary Musicnotes Player lets you view and listen to scores. has one of the most comprehensive online catalogs of popular sheet music, comprising more than 250,000 songs. The U.K. headquarters operates this site.

This site boasts more a catalog of more than 300,000 songs for you to buy and download. Browse their selections by category, artist, song title, or classical composer.

Music Sales' Sheet Music Direct offers sheet-music downloads of a growing portion of its popular music catalog. Go to the European site — it's far better stocked.

If you like, you'll love this superstore and its online ordering system.

Sunhawk, a well-stocked online store for popular and classical sheet music, offers books for purchase, downloadable individual song titles, and free manuscript downloads.

The Virtual Sheet Music Web site doesn't have a huge selection, but it's constantly growing. You can even download a free template for manuscript paper. Files are in Acrobat PDF format.

Warner Chappell, America's largest publisher of rock and pop sheet music, has an online ordering system at its site. A limited selection of scores is available for instant download.

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