Don't forget --
Use KEYWORD searching initially to identify relevant records.
Use SUBJECT/DESCRIPTOR searching using terms you find on relevant records.
Use TRUNCATION (i.e., shortening a word to its root or base form using a designated symbol, such as ?, * !, $) for words that might:
When searching for a piece in Search@UW, do an AUTHOR search for the composer (lastname, firstname) and you will get a list of all the compositions (including those within a CD or score) in alphabetical order.
If the piece is contained in a larger work, there will be a link to that larger work.
When you are seeking musical recordings, don't forget to check NAXOS MUSIC ONLINE as well as Search@UW! Naxos offers streaming audio of thousands of classical, jazz, folk, and world music recordings. It also provides access to the fulltext of most accompanying materials and even includes a pronouncing dictionary of composers' names!
All Naxos recordings are now findable in Search@UW, with easy links to stream!
You can find these pieces of information using various resources in the Library or on the Library's Website. Some of the most useful are:
Search@UW - just doing a simple keyword search using information you already know can yield helpful information!
Grove Music Online or The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, print version: REF - ML 100 .N48 v.1-20) - This can give you the full names of composers, their country of origin, and, in some cases, complete information about various compositions, including when the piece was written, its nickname (if any), its opus number or thematic catalog number (if applicable), and its original title, key, and instrumentation. Be sure to look for the list of a composer's works following the biographical information in the Grove main entry for that composer.
WorldCat - you also can find much of this information in the various bibliographic records for the musical work in WorldCat. The author field of the records will include the full name and dates of the composer and the uniform title will provide the original title, language, and any relevant sequence, opus, or thematic catalog numbers associated with the piece. Instrumentation is often provided as well. Nicknames may be in the title, notes, or alternative title fields.
ArkivMusic.com - also can provide much useful information about specific compositions.
Don't be afraid to ask your professor or a librarian for assistance!
To find a score or recording of a particular musical work in Search@UW, WorldCat, or Naxos Music Online, you will need information about the following:
Murphy Library uses the Library of Congress Classification Scheme (LC) to determine the location of its materials. The LC system is an alpha-numeric system. This means that the call numbers contain letters and numbers. The letters tell the user the general subject matter of the material; the numbers provide more specific information about the material.
M = Music or Scores
ML = Music Literature and/or Music History
MT = Music Theory and Pedagogy
Below are some important range designations:
M 1.A1-5000 MUSIC SCORES
M 6-1490 INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
M 177-990 Music for two or more solo instruments
M 180-298.5 Duets
M 300-386 Trios
M 400-486 Quartets
M 500-586 Quintets
M 600-686 Sextets
M 700-786 Septets
M 800-886 Octets
M 900-986 Nonets and larger combinations of purely chamber music
M 990 Chamber music for instruments of the 18th century and earlier
M1000-M1075 Music for Orchestra
M1100-M1175 Music for String Orchestra