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Viola: Scores & Parts

On this page, you'll learn how to search for scores and parts to specific works and how to discover new music.

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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 the format to Printed Music, Sound Recordings, or Videos
    (depending on what you need).
  4. Find a catalog record for the piece you need.
  5. Use the location and call number to find it on the shelf.

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 viola music:

Most common viola call numbers:

Call Number Genre
M224 – M228 Solo viola with piano
M452 String quartets
M1015 Viola concertos (viola part + piano reduction)

Full list:

Call Number Genre/Instruments
M45 – M49 Solo viola
M224 – M228 Viola + piano
M286 – M287 Duets: Two string instruments
M290 – M291 Duets: String + wind
M294 – M295 Duets: String + plucked
M310 – M314 Trios: String + piano
M320 – M324 Trios: String + piano + wind
M330 – M334 Trios: String + piano + plucked
M349 – M353 Trios: All strings
M360 – M364 Trios: String + wind
M370 – M374 Trios: String + plucked
*see note Quartets through nonets
M1014 – M1015 Concertos with orchestra
M1114 – M1115 Concertos with string orchestra

* Quartets (400s), quintets (500s), through nonets (900s) follow a pattern similar to trios, for example:
M349–M353=String trios
M449–M453=String 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 in the Allen Library:

Find more repertoire guides

Browse the Reference shelves by call number:

Call Number Topic
ML128 C4 Chamber music guides
ML128 S9 String guides
ML128 V78 Viola guides

Browse the catalog by subject:
Viola 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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