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Using the Advanced Search option in Virgo, search by composer name in the Author field and/or composition title in the Title field.
Limit format by Musical Score or Sound Recording.
For unknown items:
Choose "Musical Scores" or Music Recordings" in "Resource Types" found to the left of the Virgo search bar. Do not put any text into the box before you click on "Search." This will bring up all musical scores or recordings.
If you are only interested in locating music from a specific era (i.e. 20th Century or 21st Century) use the "Composition Era" facet on the left side of the page.
Refine your search using more facets (instrumentation, format, region) or keywords in the search bar.
You can also order your results by "Date published - newest first" to find the most recently published scores or recordings. However, be aware that some recently published scores or recordings may be of older compositions.
Browsing the Shelves
The Library uses the Library of Congress Classification system to catalog our scores. All scores are classified under M, and books about music are classified under ML. Below is the classification outline for scores to help you browse the stacks more effectively.
M3-3.3 Collected works of individual composers
M5-1480 Instrumental music
M6-175.5 One solo instrument
M176 Motion picture music
M176.5 Radio and television music
M177-990 Two or more solo instruments
M1100-1160 String orchestra
M1350-1366 Other ensembles
M1375-1420Instrumental music for children
M1470-1480 Aleatory music. Electronic music. Mixed media
M1490 Music printed or copied in manuscript before 1700
M1495-2199 Vocal music
M1497-1998 Secular vocal music
M1500-1527.8 Dramatic music
M1528-1529.5 Two or more solo voices
M1611-1624.8 One solo voice
M1625-1626 Recitations with music
M1627-1853 Folk, national and ethnic music
M1900-1985Songs of specific groups or on specific topics