What’s the Score at the Bodleian?

a pilot project encompassing three sites: you can access collections of piano music, listen to recordings and contribute to crowdsourced descriptions.

What's the Score at the Bodleian? provides access to the Bodleian’s scores and sheet music. At the same time the project is using crowdsourcing to improve the collection by asking users to generate descriptive metadata of its scores. The project is focusing initially on a previously uncatalogued portion of the music collection.


What's the Score at the Bodleian? is collaborating with Zooniverse, a world leader in crowdsourcing technology, to gather descriptive information about the sheet music from members of the public via acompanion website. This is intended to improve access to the material, encourage wider engagement with the Bodleian's music collections and facilitate research into amateur music-making during the Victorian period. A number of piano pieces, accompanied by their scores, have also been recorded for online delivery.



The Cleopatra Galop, by Charles d’Albert. Performed by Tim Hawken.

» Play (3 minutes, 34 seconds; 3.27 MB)

» View the score (PDF File, 6.65 MB)



License Type: Other
Media Types: Audio Images Manuscripts
Subject Area: Humanities