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Find a specific piece of music
Find Scores and Recordings
In the Allen Library
- Open the library catalog.
- Search the title and composer's name.
- Limit to the format you desire.
- Find a result for the piece you need.
- 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.
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
Browsing is a great way to discover new music if you don't have a specific piece in mind!
Use these call numbers to find trumpet music:
Most common trumpet call numbers:
|M80 – M84
|M255 – M259
||Solo horn with piano
|M555 – M559
|M587 – M589
||Horn concertos (horn part + piano reduction)
|M80 – M84
|M255 – M259
||Horn + piano
|M288 – M289
||Duets: Two wind instruments
|M290 – M291
||Duets: Wind + string
|M296 – M297
||Duets: Wind + plucked
|M315 – M319
||Trios: Wind + piano
|M320 – M324
||Trios: Wind + piano + string
|M335 – M339
||Trios: Wind + piano + plucked
|M355 – M359
||Trios: All winds
|| Trios: All brass
|M360 – M364
||Trios: Wind + string
|M375 – M379
||Trios: Wind + plucked
|M380 – M384
||Trios: Wind + string + plucked
||Quartets through nonets
|M1028 – M1029
||Concertos with orchestra
|M1128 – M1129
||Concertos with string orchestra
* Quartets (400s), quintets (500s), through nonets (900s) follow a pattern similar to trios, for example:
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.
Brass Music by Women and Black Composers and Artists
One list for women and one for Black composers/artists, each with composer, title, and instrumentation.
Horn Music by Black Composers
A sampling of works from the Institute for Composer Diversity
No Broken Links
Lists solo and chamber repertoire for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, and horn. Focuses on work by womxn, transgender & gender non-conforming individuals, and/or Black, Indigenous, or persons of color.
Works with Horn by Female Composers
Almost 2,000 solo and chamber music pieces with horn (original works, up to 12 instruments) by female composers from around the world.
Guides in the Library
Brass Music of Black Composers by
Call Number: ML128 B8 H67 1996 [Allen reference]
Covers composers around the world in the 19th and 20th centuries. Each entry provides biographical information as well as duration, instrumentation, date of publication, premiere, publisher, and more.
Guide to the Solo Horn Repertoire by
Call Number: ML128 H8 D45 2016 [Allen reference]
Publication Date: 2016
Extensive list of works for horn unaccompanied, with keyboard, and with ensemble. Entries describe each piece's form and character, technical detail, performance challenges, and more.
Find more repertoire guides
Browse the Reference shelves by call number:
||Brass music guides
Browse the catalog by subject:
Brass ensembles > Bibliography
Horn > 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. Click on one to find more materials with that subject:
How do I choose the right format?
Here are some of the most common formats for printed music:
Shows all instruments
Small version of the full 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:
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