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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 Viola Music

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

M45–M49  Viola alone:
     M45      Collections (more than one composer)
     M46      Original works: Collections (one composer)
     M47      Original works: Separate
     M48      Arrangements: Collections (one composer)
     M49      Arrangements: Separate works
 M224–M228  Viola with piano accompaniment:
     M224      Collections (more than one composer)
     M225      Original works: Collections (one composer)
     M226      Original works: Separate
     M227      Arrangements: Collections (one composer)
     M228      Arrangements: Separate works
 M286–M287  Duets for two stringed instruments (of all kinds):
     M286      Collections
     M287      Separate works
 M290–M291  Duets—one stringed and one wind instrument
 M294–M295  Duets—one stringed and one plucked instrument
 M310–M314  Piano and two stringed instruments
 M320–M324  Piano, one stringed, and one wind instrument
 M330–M334  Piano, one stringed, and one plucked instrument
 M349–M353  Three stringed instruments
 M360–M364  Three stringed and wind instruments
 M370–M374  Three stringed and plucked instruments
 M450  Quartets—Collections (more than one composer and medium)
 M451  Quartets—Collections (more than one composer)
 M452  Quartets—two violins, viola, violoncello
 M452.2  Quartets—four violins
 M452.4  Quartets—other combinations of stringed 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.


Concertos and similar pieces:

 M1014  Viola with orchestra, full scores
 M1014.5  Cadenzas for such works
 M1015  Viola with orchestra, piano reductions
 M1114  Viola with string orchestra, full scores
 M1114.5  Cadenzas for such works
 M1115  Viola with string orchestra, piano reductions


Studies and methods:

 MT280  General works
 MT282  Systems and methods
 MT285  Studies and exercises: General works
 MT286  Orchestral studies (excerpts)
 MT287  Bowing
 MT288  Positions
 MT289  Chords
 MT290  Harmonics
 MT291  Other techniques
 MT292  Two violas
 MT294  Teaching pieces
 MT295  Instructive editions: Two or more composers
 MT297  Instructive editions: One composer
 MT298  Self-instructors

Subject Headings for Viola 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.

Solo viola music: sonatas (viola)suites (viola)variations (viola); etc.; viola music
Viola and piano music: rondos (viola and piano)sonatas (viola and piano)suites (viola and piano)variations (viola and piano); etc.; viola and piano music

viola music (violas (2))

violin and viola musicflute and viola musichorn and viola music; etc.


string trios [for three bowed instruments]

trios [various combinations of instruments] e.g., trios

(flute, violas (2)), trios (flute, timpani, viola)trios (percussion, violin, viola)


string quartets [various combinations];

also suites [various combinations of string instruments]; variations [various combinations of string instruments]; etc.

string quartets [mixed string and woodwind, various combinations];

also suitesvariations, etc.

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

Viola and Orchestra: concertos (viola)

concertos (viola) — solo with piano

viola with orchestra

rondos (viola with orchestra), etc.

Search Music Scores

Call Numbers for Books about the Viola

 Ref. ML128 .V36  Viola bibliographies
 ML900  General works
 ML901  Construction
 ML905  Music and playing

Selected Bibliography

Farish, Margaret K. String Music in Print. 2nd ed. New York: R. R. Bowker, 1973. Ref. ML128.S7F4 1973

Johnson, Christine Ann. "Viola Source Materials: An Annotated Bibliography." D.M.A. Thesis, Florida State University, 1988. 

Riley, Maurice W. The History of the Viola.  Ann Arbor, MI: Braun-Brumfield, 1980. ML900.R43

Stowell, Robin. The Early Violin and Viola: A Practical Guide.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Wilkins, Wayne. The Index of Viola Music. Magnolia, AR: Music Register, 1976. PAC Ref. ML 128.V36 W5 1976

Selected Periodicals

The Strad (1995-present)

Strings (1998-present)

Selected Internet Resources