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Violin Guide

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This guide is designed to help you find music for the violin and information about the instrument. Use this as a starting point or browsing tool and consult IUCAT for more complete information. If you need more help, feel free to ask at the Reference Desk.

  

     

Classification Numbers for Violin Music

(if you’d like to browse the shelves)

 M40–M44  Violin alone:
     M40      Collections (more than one composer)
     M41      Original works: Collections (one composer)
     M42      Original works: Separate
     M43      Arrangements: Collections (one composer)
     M44      Arrangements: Separate works
 M217–M223  Violin with piano accompaniment:
     M217      Collections (more than one composer)
     M218      Original works: Collections (one composer)
     M219      Sonatas
     M220      Suites and variations
     M221      Pieces
     M222      Arrangements: Collections (one composer)
     M223      Arrangements: Separate works
 M286–M287  Duets for two stringed instruments (of all kinds):
     M286      Collections
     M287      Separate works
 M290–M291  Duets—one stringed and one wind instrument
 M294–M295  Duets—one stringed and one plucked instrument
 M310–M314  Piano and two stringed instruments
 M320–M324  Piano, one stringed, and one wind instrument
 M330–M334  Piano, one stringed, and one plucked instrument
 M349–M353  Three stringed instruments
 M360–M364  Three stringed and wind instruments
 M370–M374  Three stringed and plucked instruments
 M450  Quartets—Collections (more than one composer and medium)
 M451  Quartets—Collections (more than one composer)
 M452  Quartets—two violins, viola, violoncello
 M452.2  Quartets—four violins
 M452.4  Quartets—other combinations of stringed instruments

 

Quintets, sextets, septets, octets, and nonets follow similar patterns (in the M500s, 600s, 700s, 800s, and 900s, respectively).For more details, 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).

     

Concertos and similar pieces:

 M1012  Violin with orchestra, full scores
 M1012.5  Cadenzas for such works
 M1013  Violin with orchestra, piano reductions
 M1112  Violin with string orchestra, full scores
 M1112.5  Cadenzas for such works
 M1113  Violin with string orchestra, piano reductions

 

 

Studies and methods:

 MT260  General works
 MT261  Physiology of the hand
 MT262  Systems and methods
 MT265  Studies and exercises: General works
 MT266  Orchestral studies
 MT267  Bowing
 MT268  Positions
 MT269  Chords
 MT270  Harmonics
 MT271  Other techniques
 MT272  Two violins
 MT274  Teaching pieces
 MT275-6  Instructive editions
 MT278  Self-instructors
 MT279.5  Fiddling; Folk-style violin playing
 MT279.7  Jazz
 

Not all violin 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.

  

    

Subject Headings

(for subject searches in IUCAT or WorldCat)

Solo violin music:

sonatas (violin); suites (violin); variations (violin); etc.;

violin music

Violin and piano music: rondos (violin and piano); sonatas (violin and piano); suites (violin and piano); variations (violin and piano); etc.; violin and piano music
Duets:

violin music (violins (2))

viola and violin music; flute and violin music; horn and violin music; etc.

Trios:

string trios [for three bowed instruments]

trios [various combinations of instruments] e.g., trios (flute, violins (2)), trios (flute, timpani, violin)

Quartets:

string quartets [various combinations];

also suites [various combinations of string instruments]; variations [various combinations of string instruments]; etc.

string quartets [mixed string and woodwind, various combinations];

also suites, variations, etc.

Similar for quintets, sextets, septets, octets, and nonets.

Violin and Orchestra:

concertos (violin)

concertos (violin)—solo with piano

violin with orchestra

rondos (violin with orchestra), etc.



Classification Numbers for Books about the Violin

 Ref. ML128 .V4  Violin bibliographies
 ML802  Construction:. general works
 ML803–M807  Construction: by period
 ML810–M842  Construction: by region or country
 ML845  Construction: by parts of the violin
 ML850  Music and playing: general works
 ML853–M857  Music and playing: by period
 ML860–M892  Music and playing: by region or country
 ML895–M897  Music and playing: by form and type (sonata, suite, other)

 

Selected Periodicals

 The Catgut Acoustical Society Newsletter  ML1.C357
 Journal of the Violin Society of America  ML1.V298
 Strings (1986–)  ML1 .S77
 Violin and Violinists Magazine  ML1.V79

  

 

Selected Internet Resources

 Catgut Acoustical Society  www.catgutacoustical.org
 Violink  www.violink.com
 Violin Society of America  www.vsa.to



last updated: 7/26/2013