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Guitar: Scores & Parts

Find a specific piece of music

Find Scores and Recordings

sample catalog search for 'tropic winter nathaniel dett' limited to Printed Music (All); results show catalog record with library location and call number

In the Allen Library

  1. Open the library catalog.
  2. Search the title and composer's name.
  3. Limit to the format you desire.
  4. Find a result for the piece you need.
  5. Use the location and call number to find the item.

Image: Catalog search with the format limited to Printed Music, and search result showing location and call number.


Can't visit the library? Use our guides to Music Scores Online or Streaming Audio & Video to find online score & recording sites, then search for the piece you need.

Get help

Searching for music can be tricky! If you can't find what you need, ask a librarian for help.

Find any piece with specific instruments

Browse the Shelves

young man looks at library shelvesBrowsing is a great way to discover new music if you don't have a specific piece in mind!
Use these call numbers to find guitar music:

Most common guitar call numbers:

Call Number Genre
M125 – M129 Solo guitar
M276 – M277 Solo guitar with piano
M1037.4 Concertos for guitar or other plucked instrument
M1623 – M1624 Solo guitar with voice

Full list:

Call Number Genre/Instruments
M125 – M129 Solo guitar
M276 – M277 Guitar + piano
M292 – M293 Duets: Plucked instruments
M294 – M295 Duets: Plucked + bowed string
M296 – M297 Duets: Plucked + wind
M325 – M329 Trios: Plucked + piano
M330 – M334 Trios: Plucked + bowed + piano
M335 – M339 Trios: Plucked + piano + wind
M365 – M369 Trios: Plucked instruments
M370 – M374 Trios: Plucked + bowed
M375 – M379 Trios: Plucked + wind
M380 – M384 Trios: Plucked + bowed + wind
*see note Quartets through nonets
M1037.4 Concertos with orchestra
M1137.4 Concertos with string orchestra
M1623 – M1624 Solo guitar with voice

* Quartets (400s), quintets (500s), through nonets (900s) follow a pattern similar to trios, for example:
M365–M369=Plucked instrument trios
M465–M469=Plucked instrument quartets

Use a Repertoire Guide

Repertoire Guide: A list of music for a specific instrument or group. Often describes style, difficulty, or musical features.
Here are a few selected guides online and in the Allen Library:

Online Guides
Guides in the Library

Find more repertoire guides

Browse the Reference shelves by call number:

Call Number Topic
ML128 C4 Chamber music guides
ML128 G96 Guitar guides
ML128 S9 String guides

Browse the catalog by subject:
Guitar music > Bibliography

Browse the Catalog for Music

If you're not looking for a particular piece, browse the catalog using subjects, for example:

You can find even more subjects in individual catalog records. Find a piece of your desired ensemble/genre, then click on a subject to find more materials with that subject:

catalog record with Subjects section circled, text to the side reads 'click on to find more materials with the same subject'

How do I choose the right format?

person with question mark Here are some of the most common formats for printed music:

Shows all instruments

Miniscore/study score
Small version of the full score

Vocal score
Piano and vocal line(s) only

Individual pieces for each instrument

You can determine the format by looking at the catalog record, in the Subjects or Description section:

catalog record showing 'vocal scores with piano' under Subjects and '1 vocal score' under Description

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