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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!
Most common flute call numbers:
|M245 – M247
||Solo oboe with piano
|M455 – M459
||Oboe concertos (oboe part + piano reduction)
|M65 – M69
|M245 – M247
||Oboe + piano
|M288 – M289
||Duets: Two wind instruments
|M290 – M291
||Duets: String + wind
|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
|| All woodwinds
|M360 – M364
||Trios: Wind + string
|M375 – M379
||Trios: Wind + plucked
||Quartets through nonets
|M1022 – M1023
||Concertos with orchestra
|M1122 – M1123
||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:
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.
Oboe Music by Black Composers
A sampling of works from the Institute for Composer Diversity
Woodwind Music of BIPOC Composers
A list assembled by the University of South Carolina flute studio. Tabs at the top separate the list by instrument.
Guides in the Library
Music for Oboe, 1650-1800 by
Call Number: ML128 O12 H4 1992 [Allen reference]
Publication Date: 1992
Lists over 10,000 works for the oboe, English horn, and their variants. Each entry includes the instrumentation, modern edition(s), historical notes, and more.
Wind Chamber Music by
Call Number: ML128 W5 S43 2002 [Allen reference]
Publication Date: 2002
Describes more than 2,500 works for wind chamber ensembles of two to sixteen instruments.
Woodwind Music in Print by
Call Number: ML128 W5 P48 1997 [Allen reference]
Publication Date: 1997
Organized by instrumentation. Lists tens of thousands of works with at least one woodwind instrument. Covers works for solo instruments through large chamber ensembles, plus works for solo instruments with large ensembles.
Woodwind Music of Black Composers by
Call Number: ML128 W5 H67 [Allen reference]
Publication Date: 1990
Biographies of 90 Black composers, plus an index of over 400 works for solo and chamber ensembles, grouped by number and type of instruments.
Find more repertoire guides
Browse the Reference shelves by call number:
||Chamber music guides
||Oboe music guides
||Wind music guides
Browse the catalog by subject:
Oboe music > Bibliography
Wind ensembles > Bibliography
Woodwind ensembles > Bibliography
Woodwind instrument 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:
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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