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.
|M20||Collections, mixed (original works and arrangements; two or more composers)|
|M21||Collections: original works, two or more composers|
|M22||Collections: original works, one composer|
|M26||Piano, one hand: left|
|M26.2||Piano, one hand: right|
|M31||Dances—duple meter (polka, etc.)|
|M32||Dances—triple meter (waltz, etc.)|
|M33||Arrangements: complete works for opera, oratorios, and cantatas (NOT piano-vocal scores)|
|M33.5||Arrangements: excerpts from opera, oratorio, and cantatas|
|M34||Arrangements: transcriptions (for concert purpose) of operas, oratorios, cantatas, and excerpts|
|M35||Arrangements: orchestral and band music|
|M37||Arrangements: concertos (NOT piano reductions of concertos for solo instrument[s] and orchestra)|
|M37.5||Arrangements: concertos, excerpts|
|M38||Arrangements: chamber music, part songs, music for other solo instruments|
|M39||Arrangements: potpourris, medleys|
|M39.6||Arrangements: piano, one hand|
|M198–M216||Duets (piano only)|
|M200||Four hands: mixed collections (original works and arrangements)|
|M201||Four hands: original works, collections|
|M20||Four hands: Sonatas|
|M203||Four hands: Suites, Variations|
|M204||Four hands: Pieces|
|M207||Arrangements: collections by two or more composers|
|M208||Arrangements: operas, ballets, oratorios, cantatas (complete)|
|M208.5||Arrangements: operas, ballets, oratorios, cantatas (excerpts)|
|M209||Arrangements: orchestral and band music|
|M210||Arrangements: concertos (NOT two-piano versions of concertos for solo instrument[s] and orchestra)|
|M211||Arrangements: chamber music, songs, and part songs|
|M213||Piano, five or more hands|
|M214||Two pianos, two performers: original works|
|M215||Two pianos, two performers: arrangements|
|M216||Two or more pianos, three or more performers|
|M217–M285||Duets (piano and other solo instruments)|
|M217–M239||Piano and one stringed instrument|
|M240–M271||Piano and one wind instrument|
|M272–M283||Piano and one plucked instrument|
|M284–M285||Piano and other (includes percussion and electronics)|
|M310–M344||Trios (Piano and two other instruments)|
|M310–M314||Piano and two stringed instruments|
|M315–M319||Piano and two wind instruments|
|M320–M324||Piano, one stringed, and one wind instrument|
|M325–M329||Piano and two plucked instruments|
|M330–M334||Piano, one string, and one plucked instrument|
|M335–M339||Piano, one wind, and one plucked instrument|
|M340–M344||Piano and other combinations|
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.
Concertos and similar pieces:
|M1010||Piano with orchestra, full scores|
|M1010.5||Cadenzas for such works|
|M1011||Piano with orchestra (two-piano versions)|
|M1110||Piano with string orchestra, full scores|
|M1110.5||Cadenzas for such works|
|M1111||Piano with string orchestra (two-piano versions)|
Studies and methods:
|MT221||Physiology of the hand (including hand exercises)|
|MT222||Systems and methods|
|MT224||Rudiments of music when combined with piano instruction|
|MT225–M239||Studies and exercises|
|MT230||Thirds, sixths, etc.|
|MT231||Scales and arpeggios|
|MT236||Sight reading, transposition, accompaniment, etc.|
|MT239||Performance of popular music|
|MT242||Four-hand, two-piano, etc. playing|
|MT245||Instructive editions, two or more composers|
|MT247||Instructive editions, one composer|
|MT250–M258||Special pianos, including early instruments|
|Solo piano music:||piano music; sonatas (piano); suites (piano); variations (piano); etc.|
piano music (3 hands),piano music (4 hands), piano music (5 hands), etc.
piano music (pianos (2))
Similar for quintets, sextets, septets, octets, and nonets.
|Piano and Orchestra:||concertos (piano)
piano with orchestra
concertos (piano with string orchestra)
rondos (piano with orchestra), etc.
Comeau, Gilles, and Nisreen Jardaneh. Piano Pedagogy: A Research and Information Guide. New York: Routledge, 2009. ML128.P3 C66 2009
Henriques, Miguel G. The (Well) Informed Piano: Artistry and Knowledge. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2014.
Hinson, Maurice., and Roberts, Wesley. Guide to the Pianist’s Repertoire. 4th ed. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013.
Hinson, Maurice. The Pianist’s Guide to Transcriptions, Arrangements, and Paraphrases. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1990. PAC Ref. ML 128.P3 H536 1990
McGraw, Cameron, Christopher Fisher, and Katherine Fisher. Piano Duet Repertoire: Music Originally Written for One Piano, Four Hands. 2nd ed. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2016.
|Ref. ML128 .P3||Piano bibliographies|
|ML651–697||Construction: general works; by time period; by region or country; special makes; parts of the piano|
|ML700–747||Music and playing: general works; by time period; by region or country; forms and types of music|