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Use these guides to find resources for your instrument(s)

Call Numbers

Trios (which may include one or more brass instruments)

M315 - M319
Two winds and piano

M355 - M359
Wind trios

M415-486 quartets (which may include one or more woodwind instruments)

M455 - M459
wind quartets

M460 - M464
quartets - strings and winds

M515 - M519
four winds and piano

M55 - M559
wind quintets

M560 - M564
quintets - stings and winds

wind sextets

wind septets

wind octets

wind nonets 

Finding recordings and scores using Keyword (with Boolean)

  • Use quotation marks around phrases. "English Horn"
  • Truncate uisng "?" This is an excellent way to improve your search results. For example, Sona? will find Sonata, Sonatas, Sonatina, Sonatinas etc.. Truncating means you don't have to search for these words separately by typing each one individually.
  • Use "AND" and "OR" to combine words or phrases. These are known as Boolean operators.
  • Use parentheses: ( ), called "nesting, to groups terms together so you can combine even more concepts or Synonyms. For example: (cello OR violincello) or (beliefs OR attitudes). Using both terms ensures you will get relevant results.
  • Use the limits to limit to recordings, scores or vidoes.

Remember that some of our LP recordings are not listed in the electronic catalogue. Always check the card catalogue if you do not find a recording in Voyager. For more information on using keyword to find music items look at the music keyword guide

Subject Headings

woodwind or wind trios
(miscellaneous solo works only)
wind trios or woodwind trios
wind or woodwind quartets wind quartets or woodwind quartets
wind or woodwind quintets wind quintets or woodwind quintets
for other combinations (sextets, septets etc) follow same pattern as above
Also try the subject heading woodwind ensembles


For woodwind ensembles with other instruments (piano, violin, etc.), after each basic subject heading (trios, quartets, quintets) the instruments are organized in the following order:   keyboard (piano, continuo); winds (alphabetically); percussions; strings (in score order)

So, for example, if you are searching for trios for clarinet, horn and piano use the subject heading trios piano clarinet horn
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