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Call Numbers

Secular Vocal Works
collections of vocal works by two or more composers

Operas and other dramatic works in full score

operas and other dramatic works in vocal scores

M1505 - M1508
opera excerpts

M1528 - M1529.5
duets, trios, etc. for solo voices

M1530 - M1546,5
Choruses with orchestra or other ensembles

M1547 - M1600
Choruses, part songs, etc. unaccompanied or with accompaniment of keyboard or other solo instrument

cantatas, choral symphonies, etc. for unaccompanied chorus

M1611 - M1626
songs for one voice (including arias)

national songs

M1678 - M1879.2
Canadian songs (including folk songs, popular songs and ethnic songs)

 Sacred Vocal Music
Miscellaneous collections of sacred vocal music by two or more composers

M2000 - M2007

M2010 - M2017.7
religous services (including settings of masses, requiems and other services)

M2018 - M2019.5
duets, trios, etc. for solo voice

M2020 - M2036
choruses, cantatas, etc. with orchestra or other ensembles

M2060 - M2101.5
choruses, part songs, etc. unaccompanied or with accompaniment of keyboard or other solo instruments.

M2115 - M2145
hymnals, hymn collections

M2145 - M2188
officially prescribed service music
(Roman Catholic - M2147 - M2155.6)
(Protestant - M2161 - M2183)
(Jewish - M2186 - M2187)

Finding recordings and scores using Keyword (with Boolean)

  • Use quotation marks around phrases. "double bass"
  • 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.
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  • Use the limits to limit to recordings, scores or videos.

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

vocal music, sacred vocal music
(miscellaneous solo works only)
vocal music, sacred vocal music (also check the 'Info')
songs songs
songs of a particular country or region, use 'songs' plus the name For example songs english; songs french; songs german; etc. songs english ; songs french : songs german
songs with... songs with
vocal duets, trios, etc vocal duets vocal trios etc.
songs for a specific range songs (high voice); songs (medium voice); songs (low voice)
other types of compositions cantatas, oratorios
studies and methods singing instuction and study
singing methods
singing studies and exercises
history songs history and criticism

Key Books

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