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Library of Congress Call Numbers

M = MUSIC

The Library of Congress Classification

The Library of Congress Classification is a system used by many libraries for arranging materials. Call numbers begin with 1 or 2 (rarely 3) letters followed by a number. The music section is the class M (Music and books on music).

There are three main sections:

M         PRINTED MUSIC

ML       LITERATURE ON MUSIC

MT       MUSIC INSTRUCTION AND STUDY

Friedheim variants:

MX (or Mx)     miniature or study scores (shelved on the lower level along the inside wall)

Mb       these are really just M call numbers (ignore the b!)

In general, M items are on the lower level of the library, while ML, MT, and non-M items are on the upper level. Some ML and MT are in the Reference section at the front of the lower level.

 

Navigating the M class

If you know a call number range that interests you, you can browse the stacks. Some of your best finds may occur in this way! You can also use the online catalog to see what the library has in a particular classification by using the Call number search box in Catalyst's "Advanced Search" mode. (Most audio and video recordings are organized under a completely different system, arranged by accession number or alphabetically by composer.)

Below is a condensed overview of each of the three sections. (You can consult the full schedule online; there is also a printed copy of the 1998 edition at the main service desk in the library.)

M

  • 1-2  Collections, sources, anthologies, collected sets
  • 3      Collected works of individual composers

5-1490 instrumental music

  • 6-14 organ
  • 20-39 piano
    • 23 piano sonatas
  • 40-44 violin
  • 105-109 saxophone
  • 110-175 other instruments
  • 177-986 chamber music
    • 198-216 piano(s), more than 1 performer
    • 217-223 violin + piano
    • 268-269 saxophone + piano
    • 300-386 trios
      • 312 piano trios
    • 400-486 quartets
      • 452 string quartets
    • 500-986 quintets – larger chamber groups
  • 1000-1075 orchestral music
    • 1001 symphonies
    • 1010-1011 piano(s) + orchestra
    • 1038-1039 percussion + orchestra
  • 1100-1160 string orchestra
  • 1200-1366 other ensembles

1495-2199 vocal music, dramatic music (including ballets)

  • 1495-1998 secular vocal music, dramatic music
    • 1500 operas (full score)
    • 1503 operas (vocal score)
    • 1520 ballets
    • 1530-1610 secular choral music
    • 1611-1624 songs
      • 1619-1620 song collections
      • 1621.4 song cycles
      • 1621.5 songs (high voice) with piano
      • 1621.6 songs (medium voice) with piano
      • 1621.7 songs (low voice) with piano
  • 1999-2199 sacred vocal music
    • 2000 oratorios (full score)
    • 2002 oratorios (choral score)
    • 2102-2114 sacred solo vocal music

 

ML

  • 1-5  periodicals, serials
  • 12-21  directories
  • 50-54  librettos
  • 93-96  manuscripts and facsimiles
  • 100-109  dictionaries, encyclopedias
  • 112-158  bibliography
  • 159-3775  history and criticism
    • 385-429  biography and critical works
      • 410  individual composer biography or criticism
    •  459-1380  instruments and instrumental music
    •  1400-3275  vocal music
  • 3800-3923  philosophy and physics of music

 

MT

  • general works
  • 5.5-7  music theory
  • 40-67  composition
  • 68  improvisation
  • 70-74  instrumentation and orchestration
  • 75  interpretation
  • 85  conducting
  • 86  jazz instruction and study
  • 90-146  analysis and appreciation
  • 170-810  instrumental technique
  • 820-915  singing and vocal technique
  • 918-948  school music

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