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When a piece of music is to be performed repeatedly the same way, or performed by people who weren't the originators of the piece, it helps to have a score. In the history of objectifying music, scores were the currency until they were displaced by recordings. There are many types of microtonal notation, such as Sagittal notation, color notation and ups and downs notation.

Historically significant microtonal scores

Check your local gigantic university library. If they don't have it, they could probably be persuaded to get it.

  • Charles Ives's Three Quarter Tone Pieces (1913-1924)
  • Harry Partch, all works
  • Ben Johnston, esp. string quartets
  • Alois Hába, esp. string quartets
  • Easley Blackwood, esp. Twelve Microtonal Etudes for Electronic Music Media, op. 28
  • publishings of Diapason Press
  • this list is so obviously incomplete that you should help finish it.

Links to microtonal scores, by composer

Please contribute to this list of scores that are available (i.e. downloadable). This is meant as a resource for performers interested in microtonal music. Feel free to make wiki pages for "notable" compositions; the wiki supports file attachments up to 10 MB each.

Jacob Barton

  • De-quinin' for two Bb clarinets (one tuned 33¢ flat)
  • Moods for 3 keyboards
  • Kluh for 11 performers on 21 tuned bottles
  • Eighty-one ninth chords for 2 pianos, 17edo
  • Land urchin for string band in 11-limit just intonation

David Canright

William Copper

Ivor Darreg

Paul Erlich

Kyle Gann

Gann creates tuning guides for many of his pieces, list at the bottom of this page.

  • The Day Revisited for flute, clarinet, electric bass, 2 keyboards
  • Charing Cross for keyboard and tape
  • New Aunts for keyboard
  • Triskaidekaphonia for keyboard
  • Fugitive Objects for keyboard
  • Custer and Sitting Bull, "electronic cantata"
  • Love Scene for string quartet

Robert Hasegawa

  • Spiral for chamber ensemble
  • Chaconne for James Tenney for chamber ensemble (JI/96edo)
  • Due Corde for 2 pianos, 19edo

Andrew Heathwaite

Paul Kotheimer

  • Goes to Eleven (2009) for ensemble, 11-limit JI
  • Three Short Poems (2008) for voices and drones, 5- and 7-limit JI
  • Mercy (2008) for voice and drone (and udderbot), 13-limit JI

Mats Öljare

Tui St. George Tucker

  • Three Quartertone Lullabies for wind trios
  • Vigil I and Vigil II for organ
  • Little pieces for quartertone piano
  • Sarabande for quartertone harpsichord

Dante Rosati

  • Arbor Low for 21-tone Just Intonation guitar

Thomas Edwin Scheurich III

  • Three Lonely, Uninspired Ways to Play in 17tet (2006) for 2 pianos
  • Attention! Attention! Attention! (2007) for 17-tone ensemble (soprano, udderbot, slide whistles, violin, viola, cello, pianos, laptop, percussion)
  • Story Worth Telling (2008) chamber operetta in 17edo
  • Xenharmonic Curiosities II (2009) for voices and viola

Ryan Stickney

Hans Straub

  • Sharks (2008) for 17-tone pianos

Daniel Wolf

  • Etudes for solo microtonal instruments in equal tunings 8-23
  • Figure and Ground for string trio

Chris Vaisvil