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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 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.

Classification Numbers for Choral Music

Secular choral music

Choruses with orchestra

 M1530–1533  Mixed voices
 M1534–1537  Mixed voices: Excerpts
 M1538–1540  Men’s voices
 M1541–1542  Men’s voices: Excerpts
 M1543–1544  Treble voices
 M1545–1546  Treble voices: Excerpts
 M1546.5  Children’s voices

 

Choruses with piano

 M1547  Collections: Choruses, part-songs, glees, madrigals, etc.
 M1548  Collections: Two or more types of chorus
 M1549  Collections: Mixed voices
 M1550  Collections: Men’s voices
 M1551  Collections: Treble voices
 M1552  Separate works: Mixed voices
 M1560  Separate works: Men’s voices
 M1570  Separate works: Treble voices
 

Choruses with other accompaniment  

 M1574  Collections: Two or more types of chorus
 M1575  Collections: Mixed voices
 M1576  Collections: Men’s voices
 M1577  Collections: Treble voices

 

Choruses without accompaniment 

 M1578  Collections: Two or more types of chorus
 M1579  Collections: Mixed voices
 M1580  Collections: Men’s voices
 M1581  Collections: Treble voices
 M1582  Separate works: Mixed voices
 M1590  Separate works: Men’s voices
 M1600  Separate works: Treble voices

 

Other choruses 

 M1608  Choruses in tonic sol-fa notation
 M1609  Unison choruses
 M1610  Cantatas, choral symphonies for unaccompanied chorus (secular and sacred)

 

 

Sacred choral music

 M1999  Collections of two or more composers

 

Oratorios

 M2000  Full scores
 M2002  Scores without accompaniment
 M2003  Scores with piano accompaniment
 M2004  Excerpts with original accompaniment
 M2005  Excerpts with orchestral accompaniment
 M2006  Collections of excerpts with piano accompaniment
 M2007  Individual excerpts with piano accompaniment

 

Religious services

 M2010–2014  Roman Catholic Masses: Requiems
 M2015  Orthodox
 M2016  Anglican
 M2017  Lutheran
 M2017.2  Other Protestant
 M2017.6  Jewish

 

Choruses with Orchestra

 M2020–2023  Mixed voices
 M2025–2028  Mixed voices: Excerpts
 M2029–2030  Men’s voices
 M2031–2032  Men’s voices: Excerpts
 M2033–2034  Treble voices
 M2035–2036  Treble voices: Excerpts

 

Choruses with piano

 M2060  Collections of accompanied and unaccompanied works
 M2061  Collections: Two or more types of chorus
 M2062  Collections: Mixed voices
 M2063  Collections: Men’s voices
 M2064  Collections: Treble voices
 M2065–2068  Collections: Special seasons/occasions
 M2069  By religion or denomination
 M2072  Separate works: Mixed voices
 M2073  Separate works: Men’s voices
 M2074  Separate works: Treble voices
 M2075–2078  Separate works: Special seasons/occasions

 

For more details, see the full classification schedule.

Subject Headings

(for subject searches in Library Search or WorldCat)

cantatas, sacred

cantatas, secular

choral music

choruses, sacred

choruses, secular

oratorios

sacred vocal music

secular vocal music

 

Vocal ensembles:

vocal ensemble [secular, 10 or more voices]

vocal ensembles, unaccompanied

vocal ensembles with orchestra, vocal ensembles with continuo, etc.

sacred vocal ensemble [sacred, 10 or more voices]

sacred vocal ensembles, unaccompanied

sacred vocal ensembles with orchestra, vocal ensembles with continuo, etc.

Search Music Scores

Classification Numbers for Books About Choral Music

Ref. ML128 .C48  Bibliographies of choruses
Ref. ML128 .O45  Bibliographies of oratorios

 

Choral music

 ML1500–1551  Choral music (arranged by period then region)
 ML1554  Forms and types

 

Secular vocal music

 ML2400  Cantata
 ML2500  Songs: General works
 ML2502–2505  Songs by period: Early to 1600, 1601–1700, 1701–1800, 1801–1900, 1901–
 ML2510–2513  North America
 ML2514–2515  West Indies and Mexico
 ML2516–2517  Central and South America
 ML2520–2551  Europe
 ML2600–2670  Part-songs (by period, region, then form)
 ML2800–2881  Solo songs (by period, region, then form)

 

Sacred vocal music

 ML2900  General works
 ML2902–2906  By period: Early to 1600, 1601–1700,1701–1800, 1801–1900, 1901–
 ML2910–2913  North America
 ML2914–2915  West Indies and Mexico
 ML2916–2917  Central and South America
 ML2920–2951  Europe
 ML2999–3197  Individual religions and denomination arranged by period, region, form, then denomination

 

Forms and types of sacred vocal music

 ML3201–3251  Oratorios (arranged by period then region)
 ML3260  Cantatas
 ML3265  Chorales
 ML3270  Church songs

 

Singing and vocal technique

 MT875  Chorus and part-singing