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You may search the Orthodox Sacred Music Reference Library by one of three major categories of content:
- By Composer
- By Title or Liturgical Designation
- By Liturgical Category (Genre)
Search by Keyword
You can generate search results by typing in the title, a keyword from the title, the composer, the voicing, or the catalog number in the search bar.
- Choose descriptive keywords and omit common words such as "a," "an," "the."
- Keep your keyword simple, using as few terms as possible; you can filter the results later.
- On the English side of the site you can search by English title or transliterated title.
Wildcard (Partial-word) Search
Our search engine supports a partial-word search. Please type " * " (asterisk) after the last letter in your query in order to perform a wildcard search. For example:
You type: Chesn*
Results: The results will show the pieces by Chesnokov
You type: Bogor*
Results: The results will show pieces containing the word "Bogoroditse"
The search engine accepts variant spellings of many composers' names. For example, if you type "Rakhmaninov" or "Rachmaninov," you will find all the results for "Rachmaninoff."
Search by Composer
Use the Composer section of the website to find all works by a certain composer, as well as biographical information about him. In the composers gallery, you can clicking click on the composer's portrait to find his works.
Search by Title or Liturgical Designation
Use the Title section of the website to find all works having a certain liturgical title. Search results may be obtained by using the initial words of the text (for example, "Otche nash" [Our Father]) or the liturgical designation (for example, "Molitva Gospodnia" [The Lord's Prayer].
Search by Liturgical Category
Use the Title section of the website to find all works within a certain liturgical designation or category, for example, "Vsenoshchnoe bdenie" [All-Night Vigil], to find all works from the All-Night Vigil or "Bogoiavlenie" [Theophany], to find all works belonging to the feast of Theophany.
Search by Voicing
Search for works having a particular voicing by entering the chorus type in the search box; i.e. Mixed, women, men, treble, unison. Typical choral voicings such as satb, ssaa, ttbb, can also be found in this manner.
The "Quick Search" option in the left column can be used to find results by Liturgical Cycle (e.g., Vespers, Divine Liturgy, Wedding); Feast (e.g., Theophany, Pascha); or Chant (e.g., znamenny, Kievan, etc.)
Sorting and Filtering Results
On each page of search results you can sort your results by Composer, Title, or Catalog number.
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