Search Guide

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Pitch Search

Search by pitch-class name, A-G. Accidentals: # = sharp, - = flat. Alternately, pitch names can be given as solfege syllables: {ut|do}, re, mi, fa, so[l], la, {ti|si}. If the German pitch H is used in the search string, then B is mapped to B-flat. Accidentals can have long forms: -sharp, sharp, -is or is for #, and -flat, flat, -es, or es for -. Spaces between notes are optional.

Pitch Wildcards

. Matches to any one pitch.
+ Matches to one or more of the preceding pitch.
* Matches to zero or more of the preceding pitch.
? The preceding pitch is optional.
^ The diatonic pitch name can have any accidental after it (including natural).


  • ceg is equivalent to c e g, CEG, or do mi sol.
  • ggge-fffd, g+e-f+d and g{3}e-f{3}d will all match to Beethoven's fifth symphony when using an achored search.

Diatonic Pitch Search

Diatonic pitch searches are similar to pitch searches described above. However, the ^ wildcard is automatically applied after each pitch name. This type of search is useful for searching for pitch sequences from a score without the need to type the accidental. It is also useful when the mode of the music is not important.


  • cdefg will match to cdefg, c#def#g#, cde-fg, etc. The diatonic pitch search cdefg is equivalent to the pitch search c^d^e^f^g^.

Text Search

Text-based searches can be done in parallel with other searches by typing the format: TEXT{text search string}. This will search for text search string intersected with the other type of search being done. All text searches are case-insensitive.

Bibliographic Record Searches

To limit searches to particular reference records, search using this format: OTL<title search>, where OTL in this case is the reference record tag meaning title. Using otl or OTL is equivalent, since the reference record tag matching is done case-insensitivly. record tag


  • onm<3> will match to the character 3 found in a ONM bibliographic record.
  • onm<\b3\b> will match to the number 3 found in a ONM bibliographic record, where \b is the regular-expression marker for a word boundary.