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This guide describes how to locate printed music, books, journals, career resources and repertoire for opera.
Last Updated: Sep 29, 2016 URL: http://libguides.cim.edu/opera Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Call Numbers

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 ... ?

Your voice teacher sends you to the library to find a specific aria.  Where are the vocal scores of operas?  M1503.  Use the following table to browse our collection of vocal literature. 

Call Number Genre
M 1500 Full scores of operas
M 1503 Vocal scores of opera (piano reductions)
M 1507 Collections of opera excerpts
ML 48
Opera librettos (texts)
ML 410
Biographies of composers and musicians
ML 1700
History of Opera
 

Findings songs/arias

Finding printed music for a specific song/aria: Many songs and arias are only found in collections. Unfortunately, the library catalog does not always index the contents of such collections. This is where a song index is helpful. It will tell you which collections include a specific aria, lieder or song.

Sr. Research Services Librarian

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Denise Smith Green
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denise.green@case.edu
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Where do you work in the Library?
I'm usually in the Reference Desk area or Media Center
What are your musical interests/activities?
Singing and coordinating musicians. Currently I sing and help coordinate the Worship Team at my church.
What are your hobbies?
When not doing the above, I enjoy getting out and spending time with family and friends. I also especially enjoy singing and reading new children's books to my daughter, and listening to audio books.
 
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