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Music: Finding Books & Scores

Using the Online Catalog

Use the following tips in the Advanced Keyword Search.

To search for a specific musical score, start by limiting the Material Type to Printed Music, then enter the title and composer's name in the search boxes. If you are searching for a symphony, concerto, or sonata, it will be helpful to add the opus or thematic catalog number.

If you're looking for a specific song or aria use a Title search. If you still have difficulty locating the piece, and you know that it's from a larger work, such as an opera or song cycle, try searching for that larger work.

An important distinction: If you are looking for items *by* a composer, the composer name goes in the "author" field. If you're looking for a book *about* a composer, the composer name goes in the "keyword" or "subject" field.

Also, there are a couple of important areas in the item record to check:

Location: Make sure you know the right location. The item could be at Walker Library on the third floor (music books), it could be in the Music Library open stacks on the first floor (music scores), behind the circulation desk (CDs and videos), in the Listening/Viewing Center (LPs), or located at the Center for Popular Music.

Status: If an item is "available", it should be on the shelf. If it is checked out, the date due will be posted.

 

Browsing

You can browse the scores collection by instrumentation/genre using the LC Call Numbers:

(Click an image below to view its full-size PDF.)

M Poster: Solo InstrumentalKeyboard:

M7-15 - Organ
M22-25 - Keyboard (Piano, harpsichord)

Chamber Music:

M177-990       Two or more solo instruments
M180-298.5    Duets
M300s            Trios
M Poster: Orchestral M400s            Quartets 
M500s            Quintets
M600s            Sextets
M700s            Septets
M800s            Octets
M900s            Nonet+
 

Symphonic Works:

M Poster: VocalM1000-M1075 - orchestra
M1100-M1175 - string orchestra
 
 
 

Vocal Music

M1503 - Opera/Theater full orchestra
M1508 - Opera/Theater vocal reduction (piano)
M1619 - Art Song (Anthologies, Geographic
M1620 - Art Song/Lieder alphabetically by composer

Beyond the MTSU catalog

Search Ebrary e-books

eBook Collection

The library's largest collection of full text electronic books. 

eBook Collection (EBSCO)
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