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 worker to see where your resources might be located.
Sub-pages under each tab also offer selected primary and secondary source bibliographies.
If you need more help, please ask the Performing Arts Librarian.
|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|
|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|
|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.
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.
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.