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

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Bill Blair
Music and Media Commons

McPherson Library

250 452 5025

Call Numbers

M310 - M386
Trios (which may include on or more string instruments)

M310 - M314
Two strings and piano

M349 - M353
String trios

M410 - M486
Quartets (which may include on or mor string instruments)

M450 - M454
String quartets

M460 - M464
Quartets for strings and winds

M510 - M514
Four strings and piano

M550 - M554
String quintets

M60 - M654
String sextets

M750 - M754
String septets

M850 - M854
String octets

M950 - M954
String nonets


Finding recordings and scores using Keyword (with Boolean)

  • Use quotation marks around phrases. "French 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

string trios string trios
string quartets string quartets
string quintets string quintets
for other combinations (sextets, septets etc) follow same pattern as above
Also try the subject heading string ensembles


For string 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 horn violin and piano use the subject heading trios piano horn violin in voyager

Key Books

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