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Chamber Music Guide

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This guide is designed to help you find instrumental chamber music and information about such music. Use this as a starting point or browsing tool and consult IUCAT for more complete information. If you are looking for works with only two performers (e.g., violin and piano sonatas) or keyboard works for two or more players, see the reference guides for the specific instruments. If you need more help, feel free to ask at the Reference Desk.

       

Classification Numbers for Chamber Music

(if you’d like to browse the shelves)

    

M300–386 Trios: 

 M300–M304  Organ and two other instruments:
     M300      Collections (different composers)
     M301      Collections (one composer), original works
     M302      Separate works, original
     M303      Collections (one composer), arrangements
     M304      Separate works, arrangements
 M305–M309  Reed organ and two other instruments (follows pattern of M301–M304)
 M310–M314  Piano and two stringed instruments:
     M310      Collections (different composers), original works and arrangements
     M311      Collections (different composers), original works
     M312      Piano, violin or viola, and violoncello
     M312.4      Separate works, original (other combinations than M312 instrumentation)
     M313      Collections (one composer), arrangements
     M314      Separate works, arrangements
 M315–M319  Piano and two wind instruments (follows pattern of M301–M304)
 M320–M324  Piano, one stringed, and one wind instrument (follows pattern of M301–M304)
 M325–M329  Piano and two plucked instruments (follows pattern of M301–M304)
 M330–M334  Piano, one stringed, and one plucked instrument (follows pattern of M301–M304)
 M335–M339  Piano, one wind, and one plucked instrument (follows pattern of M301–M304)
 M340–M344  Piano and other combinations (follows pattern of M301–M304)
 M349–M353  String trios (follows pattern of M301–M304)
 M355–M359  Wind trios:
     M355      Collections (different composers), original works and arrangements
     M356      Collections (different composers), original works
     M357      Separate works, original (woodwinds and brass)
     M357.2      Separate works, original (woodwinds only)
     M357.4      Separate works, original (brass instruments only)
     M358      Collections (one composer), arrangements
     M359      Separate works, arrangements
 M360–M364  Stringed and wind instruments (follows pattern of M301–M304)
 M365–M369  Plucked instruments (follows pattern of M301–M304)
 M370–M374  Stringed and plucked instruments (follows pattern of M301–M304)
 M375–M379  Wind and plucked instruments (follows pattern of M301–M304)
 M380–M384  Stringed, wind, and plucked instruments (follows pattern of M301–M304)
 M385  Other combinations of specified instruments (including percussion)
 M386  Unspecified instruments, or combinations of specified and unspecified instruments

 

Quartets, quintets, sextets, septets, octets, and nonets follow similar patterns (in the M400s, 500s, 600s, 700s, 800s, and 900s, respectively).Some of the most frequently requested combinations of more than three instruments may be found below. For more details, or to find other combinations of instruments, see M: Music and Books on Music, available at the reference desk or at the index table in the reference section (Z696.U5 M 1998).

Not all chamber music in the Cook Music Library is out on the shelf.Please consult IUCAT to find information about music that is checked out or in the Frontlog.


 

Classification Numbers of Other Frequently Requested Combinations

Ranges (for collections and separate works)

 M410–M449  Piano quartets (winds and/or strings)
 M450–M459  String quartets
 M455–M457  Wind quartets
 M510–M554  Piano quintets (winds and/or strings)
 M555–M559  Wind quintets

 

Most common individual works:

 M412  Piano quartets (Piano, violin, viola, and violoncello)
 M452  String quartets (Two violins, viola, and violoncello)
 M457.2  Woodwind quartets
 M457.4  Brass quartets
 M512.2  Piano quintets (Piano, two violins, viola, and violoncello)
 M557.2  Woodwind quintets
 M557.4  Brass quintets

 

Some Useful Subject Headings

(for subject searches in IUCAT or WorldCat)

 

Trios:

 piano trios [always means works for piano, violin, and violoncello]  
 string trios [various stringed instruments]  e.g., string trios (violins (2), violoncello)
 brass trios [three brass instruments]  e.g., brass trios (horn, trombone, trumpet)
 wind trios [mixed brass and woodwind, various combinations]  e.g., wind trios (flute, horns (2))
 woodwind trios [three woodwind instruments]  e.g., woodwind trios (bassoon, clarinet, flute)
 trios [various instruments of all types]   e.g., trios (piano, flute, violoncello)

 

Quartets follow similar patterns as above, for instance:

piano quartets [always means works for piano, violin, viola, and violoncello]

string quartets [always means works for 2 violins, viola, and violoncello)]

brass quartets [various combinations as above]

 

Patterns are similar for quintets, sextets, septets, octets, and nonets.Other useful subject terms include suites and variations followed by the instrumentation, e.g., suites (piano, violin, viola, violoncello) or variations (flute, horn, percussion, violoncello).For complete listings of headings, consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings located on the Index Table on the first floor of the Music Library.

 

 

Selected Bibliography

Anderson, Paul G., and Lisa Ormston Bontrager, comp.Brass Music Guide: Ensemble Music in Print.Northfield, IL: Instrumentalist Co., 1987. Ref. ML128 .W5 A59

Clark, David Lindsey.Appraisals of Original Wind Music: A Survey and Guide.Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999.Ref. ML128 .W5 C6

Cohn, Arthur.The Literature of Chamber Music.4 vols.Chapel Hill, NC: Hinshaw Music, 1997.Ref. ML1100 .C64

Farish, Margaret K.String Music in Print.New York: R.R. Bowker Co., 1973.Ref. ML128 .S7 F2(with multiple supplements until 1998)

Gillaspie, Jon A., Marshall Stoneham, and David Lindsey Clark.The Wind Ensemble Catalog.Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998. Ref. ML128 .W5 G52

Lawrence, Ian.The Twentieth-Century String Quartet: An Historical Introduction and Catalogue.Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2001. Ref. ML128.C4 L37

Stoneham, Marshall, Jon A. Gillaspie, and David Lindsey Clark. Wind Ensemble Sourcebook and Biographical Guide.Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997. Ref. ML128.W5 S76

 

 

Selected Internet Resources

 Chamber Music America  www.chamber-music.org
 Victorian Amateur Chamber Music  http://home.vicnet.net.au/~vacms/

 



last updated: 7/26/2013