Welcome to the Music guide. Throughout the guide's sections you'll find our suggestions for key resources and information in this subject area.
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You may also find it useful to browse the following for performance reviews and feature articles on contemporary composers and musicians :
To get you started, here are the key shelfmark areas for your subject. The book collection for Music is located on the second floor; print journals will have the same shelfmark but all journals are on the third floor.
|Biographies||ML385 - 429|
|Individual composers A-Z||ML410 - 418|
|Composition and performance||ML459 - 1380|
|Electronic and computer music||ML1092|
|Popular music||ML3469 – 3541|
|Music trade||ML3790 - 3792|
|Philosophy of music||ML3800 - 3923|
|Music and education||MT1 - 960|
|History and theory||MT3 - 6|
|Instrumentation and orchestration||MT70 - 74|
|Analysis and appreciation||MT90|
|Instrumental techniques||MT170 - 728|
All of the music scores are located together on floor 2. They are located in a separate section to the book stock and are arranged firstly in order of the composer and then secondly in a Library of Congress sequence. So, for example, all of Berg’s works are collected together in class mark order followed by all of Berio’s works, then Berlioz, Bernstein and so on.
Each score has a label composed of a three letter code referring to the first three letters of the composer’s surname. Where composers have written several works of the same type – e.g. concertos, string quartets, symphonies – these share the same Library of Congress number and are given an opus number to distinguish individual examples, such as:
MUSIC SCORE M1000 B1 1954 MOZ Op.3
Adjacent to the music score shelving are 3 flat cabinets where we store oversize scores that are too large for the normal shelves. If a score is located in the cabinet there will be a note on the library catalogue referring you to this particular area.
Collections including works by more than one composer are kept together at the end of the sequence and are labelled as follows:
MUSIC SCORE ANTH M1680.18 F56 FOL
The code at the end of the label refers to the title of the anthology, in the above case it is ‘Folk Song of the Americas’. When the title begins with a number it is filed as if the number is spelled out. So '20th Century Americans' would be labelled as follows:
MUSIC SCORE ANTH M21 T84 TWE
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