Historical Sheet Music Online

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Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 4.11.09 PMBefore the radio burst into millions of homes during the 1920s the piano often was the focus of the evening’s entertainment for many middle class families.   The sheet music of the 19th and early 20th centuries provides revealing glimpses into the attitudes and culture of earlier times. Many digital collections of this repertoire are available, a few starting places include:

While some do require specialized skills to read, many could be used by researchers in other fields without difficulty.

– Matthew Stock, Fine and Applied Arts Librarian, University of Oklahoma

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