Abkuerzungen: abbreviations Anmerkung: remarks/observations Ausgaben: editions Autograph: manuscript written in the hand of a particular person; in normal musical parlance, the manuscript of a work in the hand of its composer Band: volume Bearbeitungen: arrangements Begleitung: accompaniment Besetzung: instrumentation Briefe: Letters (correspondence) Buhnenwerke: Stage works Druck: print Faksimile: exact copy (usually of a manuscript) Handschrift: manuscript Holograph: sometimes used to distinguish a manuscript wholly in the hand of its author or composer Kammermusik: chamber music Klaviermusik: piano music Kirchenmusik: church music Kritischer bericht: critical commentary Lieder: songs Literatur: articles/studies about work Manuscript: source that is written by hand Mehrstimmige Gesange: Songs for multiple voice parts Opera Omnia: all works Opus Zahl: Opus (work) number Orchesterwerke: Orchestral works Oeuvres completes: complete works Partituren: scores Quellen: sources Reihe: Row or series Sammtlicher: collected Skizzen: sketches Stimmen: voices/parts Takte: measures Thematisches-Verzeichnis: thematic catalog, inventory Teil: part Vergleiche (Vgl.): see also, compare Werke: works Widmung: dedication (gewidmet= dedicated to)
Tips for searching the library's catalog
M's - Music or Scores.
The Library of Congress' M classification numbers are used for collections of music by various composers (M1, M2, M5-) and for editions of a composer's complete works (M3). Within these numbers/classifications, the music is arranged further by the medium of the performance (i.e. instrumental or vocal works). Instrumental works - M5 - M1450, and vocal works - M1495 - 2199.
ML's - Music Literature and Music History.
Musical dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies (especially of repertoire), and bio-bibliographies
Search across most journals, books, ebooks and more.
Start with a keyword search.
In the Quick Search box, type in the composer and title.
If you have incomplete information, use the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians accessible from Oxford Music to locate more.
Keyword searching: composer or performer, title, publisher, or instrument
Subject searching: try searching by type of music (jazz, folk, chamber, etc.), type of musician (singers, composers, etc.), geographic region, or time period.
Use the facets (limiters/filters) on the search results page to narrow your search.
Search by the preferred title.
Preferred titles (formerly called Uniform Titles) - a preferred title is used to link editions of the same work. This is helpful since music exists in many formats and is published in multiple languages.
Facets help to narrow a search. For example, use the facet for Material Type and select Score, if you are looking for sheet music.
Other helpful facets for music scholars include the Language facet and Author/Creator facet.
Screenshot of search results from a keyword search using facets
In the image above, I searched Quick Search using the name of the composer and a keyword from the title. I then used the facets on the left hand side of the results page to limit by Material Type. In this case, I selected Scores.
Scores ("M"): Mini-scores - for study purposes Full scores - for study or conducting Scores & parts - for chamber music Piano reductions - of ballets, symphonies Piano-vocal scores - reductions of operas, oratorios, cantatas Vocal scores - for solo voice or voice with piano accompaniment