You can enter your search query by using the virtual piano keyboard. The sequence must comprise at least three tones. Black keys are translated as sharp (#) notes, but standing for the flat (b) notes as well. If you enter for example the note F#, a Gb will be also found.
Basically, you can choose between an exact and a transposing search. The transposing search expands the result to identical interval connections; the exact search returns only results in the tone pitch that corresponds to the search input.
However, both search variants also find slightly different tone sequences. The bigger the difference between the search input and the actual melodic line, the further back the result appears in the hit list.
You can use both mouse and keyboard. The keyboard options are displayed via mouseover on the virtual keyboard.
The search takes into account the pitch height. Rhythmic values are search-irrelevant.
Left and right to the virtual keyboard there are two control arrows. Here you can set the keyboard range (C to c'''').


The search matches are marked on the display. Hits in the exact pitch are highlighted in green, transposed tone sequences are displayed in red.

Faceted search

You can further narrow down your hit list by using the faceting menus on the left. There you have the possibility to make a selection within the following menus:

  • Collection
  • Composer
  • Year of publication
  • Publication period

The entries of the menus are sorted by the amount of hits.
If you want to search for specific events (specific publication year or composer), you can use the general search shortcut (Ctrl+F). To do this, after pressing the shortcut, simply enter the desired term in the search field and press Enter. The desired search term will then be highlighted in your browser.

It is possible to select multiple items, but only one per faceting menu.


Read online

Click on the "Read online" button to access the corresponding page with the digital copy of the Bavarian State Library.


"Preview" offers a larger section of the OMR-generated data. This allows the display of the result in its musical context.


Use this button to download the OMR result as an XML file.


Here you can listen to the OMR result.

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