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Featured Composer

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Adolphus Hailstork

Adolphus Hailstork received his doctorate in composition from Michigan State University, where he was a student of H. Owen Reed. He had previously studied at the Manhattan School of Music, under Vittorio Giannini and David Diamond, at the American Institute at Fontainebleau with Nadia Boulanger, and at Howard University with Mark Fax. Dr. Hailstork has written numerous works for chorus, solo voice, piano, organ, various chamber ensembles, band, orchestra, and opera. Significant performances by major orchestras (Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston and New York) have been led by leading conductors such as James de Priest, Paul Freeman, Daniel Barenboim, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maezel, Jo Ann Falletta, Thomas Wilkins and David Lockington. He is currently working on his Fourth Symphony, and a requiem cantata for George Floyd titled 'A Knee on a Neck' for chorus and orchestra. Dr. Hailstork resides in Virginia Beach Virginia, and is Professor of Music and Eminent Scholar at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.

Compositions by Adolphus Hailstork

Find Print Scores, Sheet Music, & Part Sets

How to Find Print Scores and *Some* Digital Scores:

1. Go Mason Library Homepage

2. Click on "Advanced Search" under the Search Box

3. Change Material Type to "Scores."
4. Type in a title, composer, or genre in the search box.

5. Press Enter.

 

Where to Find Scores in Fenwick Library:

There are four main shelving areas (what the catalog calls "locations") in which to find printed scores. They are in the Music Library in Fenwick 2B.

 

  • Scores, Non-Circulating: reference scores, for in-library use only; these are mostly composers' complete-works sets in critical/scholarly editions; distinguishable by the blue dots on the spines.

  • Scores are items in performance editions that can be borrowed. These also include many chamber music PARTS-SETS (trios, quartets, quintets, etc.): these circulate as one set to ONE BORROWER who is responsible for returning all items. (The loss of a part makes the entire set unusable.)

  • Miniature Scores: handy reduced-size "study" scores have their own shelf area and green "MINI" labels on spines or covers.

  • Oversize Scores: very large scores have their own shelf area and red "OVSZ" labels on spines.

  • A small number of non-circulating musical rarities (such as early editions of scores) are located in the Special Collections Research Center at Fenwick Library.

Find Digital Scores & Sheet Music

Search the Mason catalog to find digital scores the library owns, plus scores in our Classical Scores Database. Simply type in a keyword in the search box on the library's homepage and press enter. When you get your results, filter to "Availability: Online" and "Resource Type: Scores."

 

We subscribe to two large online libraries that provide digitized scores:

NJVID

  • NJVID houses the library's collection of digital scores. Click "Digital Scores", then search the collection by instrument or composer.

Classical Scores Library

  • Classical Scores Library contains the most classical music scores, manuscripts, and previously unpublished material, allowing for the study and analysis of more than 45,000 musical scores. This database encompasses all major classical musical genres and time periods from medieval to contemporary. This database only offers study scores, not sheet music for performance.

LibraryMusicSource

  • Access over 300,000 pages of public domain scores and parts from over 35,000 works including the entire piano works of Chopin, all the songs of Schubert, all the organ music of J. S. Bach, all the symphonies, sonatas, and quartets of Beethoven, and much more.

This is an open-access, freely-available internet site for scores (including rare early editions) and parts:

IMSLP Petrucci Music Project

  • IMSLP (International Music Score Library Project) contains high-quality scans of public domain musical scores, both printed and in manuscript, contributed by numerous libraries and collectors worldwide. All records include original publication information and identify the source library. The library includes historically significant imprints as well as some contemporary compositions and arrangements by musicians who have chosen to publish online under Creative Commons agreements.

Find Composer's Collected Works

Many composers’ complete works have been published in a single scholarly edition (called a collected edition). To find scholarly editions, do the following:

1. Go Mason Library Homepage

2. Click on "Advanced Search."

3. Select "Author/Creator and type in the composer's name.

    In the next row, select "Title" and type "Works." (You can also try these foreign alternatives: Werke,  Samtliche Werke,  Gesamtausgabe (German); Opere (Italian); Oeuvres (French)."

     In the next row, select "Call Number" and type "M3." (Collected works are found in the M3 section of the library.)

Example of library search. Author contains: Bach. Title contains: Works. Call Number contains: M3.

 

 

To Locate Individual Works in Scholarly Editions, conduct a search in the Index to Printed Music:

Quick Guide to Class M

M1-3  Collections, anthologies; collected works of individual composers

M5-1490 Instrumental music

  • M20-39 solo piano
  • M40-44 solo violin
  • etc... other solo instruments
  • M177-986 chamber music (duets to small ensemble)
    • M198-216 piano duets
    • M217-223 violin + piano
    • M300-386 trios
    • M400-486 quartets
    • M500-986 quintets, sextets, and larger chamber groups
  • M1000-1075 orchestral music
    • M1001 symphonies
    • M1010-1011 piano concertos
    • M1012-1013 violin concertos
    • etc... other instruments with orchestra
  • M1100-1160 string orchestra
  • M1200-1269 wind band
  • M1300-1366 other ensembles

M1495-2199 Vocal & dramatic music (including ballets)

  • M1495-1998 secular vocal music, dramatic music
    • M1500 operas (full score)
    • M1503 operas (vocal score)
    • M1507-1508 selections from operas & musical theater
    • M1520 ballets
    • M1530-1610 secular choral music
    • M1611-1624 songs
      • M1619-1620 song collections
      • 1621 song cycles, songs with piano
  • M1999-2199 sacred vocal music
    • M2000 oratorios (full score)
    • M2002 oratorios (choral score)
    • M2102-2114 sacred solo vocal music