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This guide describes how to locate solo and ensemble printed music, books, journals, career resources and repertoire related to the harp.
Last Updated: Jan 12, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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How is the library organized?

Books and printed music are arranged according to the Library of Congress' Classification System. The library has circulating (stacks) and non-circulating (reference) collections. Each collection is divided in to three sections.

  • M = Printed music/scores (organized by instrument/genre)
  • ML = Books about music and musicians
  • MT = Books on music theory, pedagogy, and technique

The best finding aid is the CIM/Case library catalog.


What is the call number for...?

Where are the harp concertos?  Use the following table to identify the call number under which you would find all harp concertos (M 1036-1037) or other compositions such as etudes or sonatas.  Scores & parts are organized first by instrumentation and then by genre. 

Orchestral excerpts M 115.5
Solos M 116 - 119
Etudes M 115
Solo with piano M 272 - 273
Concertos/full orchestra M 1036 (full score) ; M1037 (piano accompaniment)
Concertos/string orchestra M 1136 (full score) ; M1137 (piano accompaniment)

How do I search for music for a specific instrumentation/ensemble?

To locate printed music for a specific instrumentation, you may use the subject search in the library catalog. For comprehensive repertoire lists for ensembles, see the Bibliographies & Repertoire Lists tab in this guide.

Subject headings for printed music typically use the name of the instrument(s) followed by the word music (e.g. piano music, flute music)  To find duets for two distinct instruments, for the most part, harp is listed second.

  • harp music
  • oboe and harp music

Subject headings for  ensemble music will be listed under the plural form of the genre followed by the instruments (Trios, Quartets...).  However, if the ensemble consists of the same instrument, use the plural form of the instruments name.

  • Trios, harp, violin, violoncello
  • Harps (3)


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