This site is a source of sheet music published in Canada before 1921, selected from Library and Archives Canada's historical collection.
Initiate a search for a piece of music by selecting "Search Sheet Music" in the left-hand menu.
Choose the time period you would like to search followed by the type of search field -- title, name (of composer, lyricist, performer, etc.), subject or AMICUS number -- and enter your key word(s) or AMICUS number in the search box.
You may prefer to browse all pieces listed in the database or limit your search to those for which printed music is available or those for which audio files are available.
Default searching has been set at "All Time Periods", "Any Keyword" and "Entire Database" for your convenience.
Click on the "Submit" button to begin your search.
Once you have found a piece of sheet music, you will see some or all of the following information:
To view and print a complete copy, the cover and sheet music must be accessed separately. This method was used to keep file sizes reasonably small. Both the cover and sheet music have been sized to print on 8.5 x 11-inch paper.
To print the cover:
To print the sheet music:
The sheet music covers were scanned in RGB colour at 300 dpi using Adobe Photoshop and an Epson 836XL flatbed scanner. After some minor adjustments, the tiff files were used to produce two jpeg versions for the website. The large, detailed images have a width of 4 inches and a resolution of 150 dpi. These files range in size from 60 to 200 KB. The images were sized to fit on 8.5 x 11-inch paper. The small "thumbnail" images have a width of 140 pixels and a resolution of 72 dpi. The thumbnail images are intended to give a quick view of the covers, and file sizes range from 8 to 12 KB.
The sheet music was scanned in black and white at 600 dpi to optimize the sharpness of the notation and to produce the best possible print output. The tiff files were then sized to print on 8.5 x 11-inch paper, saved in PDF format, and linked to produce multi-page PDF files. They range from 250 to 700 KB.