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Instrument and Voice Guides

This guide is designed to help you find scores and resources in the Performing Arts Collection, Campbell Library, and online for and about your instrument or voice

How to Use this Guide

This research guide helps you search and browse for books and scores for your main instrument (listed on list on the left)

Each page for your individual instrument starts with the Library of Congress classification system for books and scores relevant to each instrument, allowing you to browse the shelves of the library.

  • The classification system uses call numbers to place items on a physical shelf, and items are also given multiple subject headings, a controlled language that describes the contents of items.
  • For printed music, each call number describes a musical genre or performing ensemble, which is then organized alphabetically by the composer's last name. 
  • Subject headings are used for searching in catalogs and databases, while call numbers are useful for finding materials and browsing physical shelves.


The Performing Arts Collection can be found on the Second Floor of Campbell Library.

  • Here, you will find all of the scores, CDs, and most of the reference books (encyclopedias, special music dictionaries, catalogs, and introductory research books), and some of the books on music education and performance.
  • The Performing Arts Collections houses all of the items with call numbers starting with just the letter M, all of the scores and most of the books starting with MT, and some books starting with ML.


The Fourth Floor of Campbell Library contains the majority of our books on music history, music performance, music education, the music industry, and music therapy. These include almost all of the books starting with ML and some books starting with MT. Check with a librarian or a library assistant to see where your resources might be located.


(Sub-pages under each tab also offer selected primary and secondary source bibliographies.)

Call Numbers for Brass Chamber Music

Use these call numbers to browse for music for your instrument!

 M315–M319  Piano and two wind instruments
 M320–M324  Piano, one stringed, and one wind instrument
 M335–M339  Piano, one wind, and one plucked instrument



 M355  Collections (both original and arranged works)
 M356  Original works: Collections
 M357  Original works: Separate -- General (woodwinds and brass)
 M357.4  Original works: Separate -- Brass only
 M358  Arrangements: Collections
 M359  Arrangements: Separate works
 M375–M379  Wind and plucked instruments
 M380–M384  Stringed, wind, and plucked instruments



 M400–M409  Organ or reed organ and three other instruments
 M415–M419  Piano and three wind instruments
 M435–M439  Piano and three wind and plucked instruments
 M440–M444  Piano and three stringed, wind, and plucked instruments
 M455  Wind instruments only: Collections (both original and arranged works)
 M456  Original works: Collections
 M457  Original works: Separate -- General (woodwinds and brass)
 M457.4  Original works: Separate -- Brass only
 M458  Arrangements: Collections
 M459  Arrangements: Separate works
 M460–M464  Stringed and wind instruments
 M480–M484  Wind and plucked instruments
 M480–M484  Stringed, wind, and plucked instruments


Quartets, quintets, sextets, septets, octets, and nonets follow similar patterns (in the M400s, 500s, 600s, 700s, 800s, and 900s, respectively).For more details, see the full classification schedule.

Subject Headings for Brass Music

These subject headings help you search our collections by precise genres and instrument combinations. Use these in advanced searches using subject headings in Library Search to see our holdings or WorldCat to see what is available through other libraries.


 trios [instruments], e.g. trios (piano, trumpet, trombone); trios (piano, horns (2)); etc

 brass trios [instruments], e.g. (euphoniums (3)); (euphoniums (2), tuba); etc.

 suites (horn, trombone, trumpet); etc.

 wind trios (bassoon, horns (2)); etc.

 Quartets:  brass quartets [instruments], e.g. (horn, trombone, trumpets (2)); etc.

 wind quartets (clarinets (2), horns (2)); etc.

 Quintets:  brass quintets [instruments], e.g. (horn, trombone, trumpets(2), tuba); etc.

Similar patterns for sextets, septets, octets, and nonets.

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Selected Bibliography

Baer, Douglas Milton.“The Brass Trio: A Comparative Analysis of Works Published from 1924 to 1970.”Ph.D. diss., Florida State University, 1970.

Baron, John H. Chamber Music : A Research and Information Guide. New York: Garland, 1987. ML128.C4 B37 1987

Cohn, Arthur. The Literature of Chamber Music. Chapel Hill, NC: Hinshaw Music, 1997. PAC Ref. ML 1100 C678L4 1997

Fasman, Mark J. Brass Bibliography: Sources on the History, Literature, Pedagogy, Performance, and Acoustics of Brass Instruments. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1990. PAC Ref. ML 128.B73 F3 1990

Jones, William Lalverse, Jr. "The Brass Quintet: An Historical and Stylistic Survey." DMA diss., University of Kentucky, 1998.

McCalla, James. Twentieth-Century Chamber Music. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2003. 

Shoemaker, John R.“A Selected and Annotated Listing of 20th Century Ensembles Published for Three or More Heterogeneous Brass Instruments.” Ed.D. diss., Washington University, 1968.