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High Brass Studio: Browsing Music

Browse the Shelves

Because printed music, books, and CDs are classified - that is, grouped with similar items on the shelf - browsing can be an effective method for finding what you want.

If you're looking for high brass music in a particular medium, these classifications can guide you in the stacks (this is not a complete list):

By Library of Congress Call Number:

M Printed Music

Solo horn music

M86, M87 Solo trumpet music
M257, M259 Horn and piano music
M260,  M261 Trumpet and piano music
M288, M289 Trumpet duets
M289+ Wind duets
M298  Trumpet and percussion music
M357.4 Wind trios (brass only)
M362+ Trios (various instruments)
M457.4 Brass quartets
M557.4 Brass quintets
M1028, M1029 Horn with orchestra or chamber orchestra
M1030 Trumpet with orchestra or chamber orchestra
ML Literature (books) on Music
ML128.B73 Bibliographies of brass music
ML128.C4 Bibliographies of chamber music
ML128.H67 Bibliographies of horn music
ML128.T78  Bibliographies of trumpet music
ML128.W5 Bibliographies of wind music
ML955+ Horn history and criticism and construction
ML960 Trumpet history and criticism and construction
MT Music instruction and study
MT140 Analytical Guides

MT420, MT422

Brass instruction and study


Trumpet instruction and study (method books)

Library of Congress Call number system

Most materials in Bierce Library, including all music items, are classified under the Library of Congress call number system.  Point to remember are:

Overall organization is:

  • M = scores,
  • ML = Literature about music (books),
  • MT = music instruction and technology (could be book about conducting or score for methods)

M's are generally:

  •  M2, M3 - Historical sets, Collected works
  • M 6- 175 - Solo music
  • M180 - 299  - Duets
  • M300's - Trios
  • M400's - Quartets
  • M500's - Quintets
  • Up through 900's
  • M1001 - Symphonies
  • M1500 - Operas/musicals - full score
  • M1503 - Operas/musicals - vocal scores
  • M1497-1998 - Secular Vocal Music
  • M199-2199 - Sacred Vocal Music

For a detailed chart see:  Library of Congress Classification - M Outline

For more details see:  Guide to Music Classification from Indiana University


Browse Online by Subject

In the online catalog, the SUBJECT searches below will yield books, scores, and recordings for high brass instruments (this is not a complete list). Refine your results by format, choosing to search music scores or audio/music:

in Subject: brass trios

in Subject: brass quartets

in Subject: brass quintets

in Subject: trumpet music

in Subject: trumpet music (jazz)

in Subject: trumpet music (trumpets (2))

in Subject: trumpet and organ music

in Subject: cornet and piano music

in Subject: trumpet and piano music

in Subject: trumpet with jazz ensemble

in Subject: sonatas (trumpet and piano)

in Subject: trumpet with instrumental ensemble

in Subject: trumpet -- orchestral excerpts

in Subject: trumpet studies and exercises

in Subject: trumpet studies and exercises (jazz)

in Subject: trumpet methods

in Subject: trumpet instruction and study

in Subject: improvisation (music)

in Subject: trumpet music history

in Subject: trumpet history

in Subject: trumpet players

in Subject: Concertos (horn)

in Subject: Horn and piano music

in Subject: Horn music [for solo horn]

in Subject: Horn Music (Horns (2))

in Subject: Horn (Musical Instrument) -- Studies and exercises

in Subject: Horn and violin music

in Subject: Horn and violoncello music

in Subject: Horn with orchestra

in Subject: Horn (musical instrument) -- orchestral excerpts

in Subject: Wind quartets

in Subject: Wind quintets

If you find a piece you want in the online catalog, go to the Subjects tab and click on the hyperlinks to see other similar works.


Subject Librarian

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Lori Fielding

Bierce Library, 178A