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This Bodleian Libraries project aims to make music scores from the Bodleian collection available online with the help of members of the public. It is not necessary to be able to read music or play an instrument to take part – anyone can help!

The scores will be scanned and the images will be put online. Interested parties will be invited to help make the material more easily discoverable by adding information about the images.

It will also be possible to use the digitised scores, and the project is keen to link to recordings where pieces from the collection are performed.

More information on the project webpage: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/bodley/library/specialcollections/projects/whats-the-score

Twitter: #whatscore

What is being digitised?

The Bodleian Library music collection includes a large number of un-catalogued music scores. For this project, we have selected a small sub-set of these. We hope to be able to add to the current project and in time cover the whole collection.
The set of scores that will be digitised first comprises 64 boxes of piano music, mostly from the period 1860-1880, and includes dance music and other pieces designed for home entertainment, many with illustrated covers. Almost all items in this sequence are pamphlets, averaging 10 pages each, and there are approximately 75 in each box.

The Bodleian music collection is described in more detail on the Bodleian webpage.

To see some examples of the material that we are working with, please visit our Recordings page where you can access a sample set of scores and listen to some recent recordings.

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