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Music, Copyright & Public Domain

When sheet music is in the public domain, you can freely:

  • record it
  • remix it
  • copy and distribute it
  • perform it in public

The public domain consists of all the creative work to which no exclusive intellectual property rights (copyrights) apply. Those rights may have expired, been forfeited, expressly waived, or may be inapplicable. 

Find Print Music Scores in Cabell Library

Find Print Music Scores in Cabell Library:
The scores are located on the North-East corner of the general book collection, on the 3rd floor, Cabell Library.  If you need help locating your score, see any staff member at the service desk or request the score through VCU Libraries Seach or ILLiad.

Online Music Score and Printed Music Resources

Music Scores in Series and Collected Editions

To determine if a musical work was published in a collected edition or anthology, try the following reference works. 
There are also alternative sources such as song indexes and repertoire resources in VCU Libraries collections.