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Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Voice

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

Call Numbers

M20 - M39
piano solo

M21
collections - works of two or more composers

M22
collections - works of one composer

M23
sonatas

M24
suites and other cyclical works

M26
works for piano one hand

M27
theme and variations

M28 - M32
marches and dances

M200 - M212
piano, four hands

M213
piano, five, six, eight etc. hands

M214 - M215
two pianos, two perforomers

M217 - M285piano and one other instrument

M310 - M344
paino and two other instruments

M410 - M449
piano and three other instruments

M510 - M549
piano and four other instruments
(follow the same for five, six, etc. other instruments)

M1010
concertos with orchestra

M1011
concertos arranged (usually with piano accompainment)

M1110
concertos with string orchestra

M1111
concertos arranges (usually with piano accompainment)

ML650 - ML746
Keyboard history

MT220 - MT225
studies and methods

Finding recordings and scores using Keyword (with Boolean)

  • Use quotation marks around phrases. "piano quartet"
  • 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

piano music
(miscellaneous solo works only)
piano music
piano and ensemble piano with [orchestra, wind ensemble etc.]
two piano piano music (pianos 2)
piano sonatas sonatas piano
piano concertos concertos piano
other types of compositions Try suites piano OR variations piano
studies and methods piano instuction and study
piano studies and exercises
history piano history

Key Books

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