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.
|M40||Collections (more than one composer)|
|M41||Original works: Collections (one composer)|
|M42||Original works: Separate|
|M43||Arrangements: Collections (one composer)|
|M44||Arrangements: Separate works|
|M217–M223||Violin with piano accompaniment:|
|M217||Collections (more than one composer)|
|M218||Original works: Collections (one composer)|
|M220||Suites and variations|
|M222||Arrangements: Collections (one composer)|
|M223||Arrangements: Separate works|
|M286–M287||Duets for two stringed instruments (of all kinds):|
|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|
|M452.4||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:
|M1012||Violin with orchestra, full scores|
|M1012.5||Cadenzas for such works|
|M1013||Violin with orchestra, piano reductions|
|M1112||Violin with string orchestra, full scores|
|M1112.5||Cadenzas for such works|
|M1113||Violin with string orchestra, piano reductions|
Studies and methods:
|MT261||Physiology of the hand|
|MT262||Systems and methods|
|MT265||Studies and exercises: General works|
|MT279.5||Fiddling; Folk-style violin playing|
|Solo violin music:||
sonatas (violin); suites (violin); variations (violin); etc.;
|Violin and piano music:||rondos (violin and piano); sonatas (violin and piano); suites (violin and piano); variations (violin and piano); etc.; violin and piano music|
violin music (violins (2))
viola and violin music; flute and violin music; horn and violin music; etc.
string trios [for three bowed instruments]
trios [various combinations of instruments] e.g., trios (flute, violins (2)), trios (flute, timpani, violin)
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 suites, variations, etc.
Similar for quintets, sextets, septets, octets, and nonets.
|Violin and Orchestra:||
concertos (violin)—solo with piano
violin with orchestra
rondos (violin with orchestra), etc.
|Ref. ML128 .V4||Violin bibliographies|
|ML802||Construction:. general works|
|ML803–M807||Construction: by period|
|ML810–M842||Construction: by region or country|
|ML845||Construction: by parts of the violin|
|ML850||Music and playing: general works|
|ML853–M857||Music and playing: by period|
|ML860–M892||Music and playing: by region or country|
|ML895–M897||Music and playing: by form and type (sonata, suite, other)|
Farish, Margaret K. String Music in Print. 2nd ed. New York: R. R. Bowker, 1973. Ref. ML128.S7F4 1973
Stowell, Robin. The Cambridge Companion to the Violin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992. ML800 .C35 1992
Stowell, Robin. The Early Violin and Viola: A Practical Guide. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Strange, Patricia, and Allen Strange. The Contemporary Violin: Extended Performance Techniques. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001. PAC ML 857 S897C6