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Music

A guide to music resources at the UNLV Libraries.

Online Collections of Scores and Recordings

Online Scores

Streaming Music

How to Read Call Numbers

The UNLV Libraries use Library of Congress call numbers. All call numbers begin with a letter, and for music, they are as follows:

  • M     All musical scores will begin with the letter M. Scores are located in the Music Library
  • ML   Think of ML as standing for music literature, or books about music. These can include dictionaries, histories, biographies, and all other types of books. With the exception of Music Reference, these are located in Lied Library.
  • MT   MT contains books about music theory and music education. Most of these books can be found in Lied Library. Also in the MT section are teaching pieces, anthologies, studies and etudes, and orchestral excerpts. These teaching pieces can be found in the Music Library.

Searching for Scores and Recordings in the Library Catalog

Using a "keyword" search in the library catalog is the best choice for searching materials in collections. It is not a good choice for searching for a particular composer’s music. If you have problems finding what you need, please don't hesitate to ask the Music Library service desk or contact Kate Lambaria, Fine Arts Librarian. 

For example, you're searching for sheet music to "Una voce poco fa" from the The Barber of Seville. This could be found in opera anthologies, collections of arias, a vocal score for the opera, etc. 

  • Start with a keyword search for "Una voce poco fa"

  • Browse these results, or
  • Use the   button to narrow by format (music scores or music recordings)

"Title" searches in the library catalog are best when you know the title of a book, a song collection (i.e., The French Song Anthology) as opposed to a single song, or, when you know the title of a full work (such as The Planets by Gustav Holst). Use a keyword search when you're looking for a single song. If you have problems finding what you need, please don't hesitate to ask the Music Library service desk or contact Kate Lambaria, Fine Arts Librarian. 

Sometimes, you may see what is called a cross-reference. For example, Mozart’s last symphony is commonly called the Jupiter Symphony. Searching for this title yields interesting results. 

If you do a title search on "Jupiter Symphony," you may see a cross-reference or link to "Symphonies, K. 551, C Major." This is also referred to as a "uniform title." Libraries use uniform titles for music in their catalogs to uniquely identify and bring together under one heading similar printed and recorded musical works by a composer. This helps clarify common titles (such as Jupiter Symphony), variations of titles in foreign languages (Die Zauberflöte vs The Magic Flute), and different formats (printed music, CD, DVD). Uniform titles can be used to find all editions and recordings of a single work more easily.

This is the same piece of music. Just follow the link, and it will take you to the piece you are looking for. 

Use the "Author" search in the library catalog to find works by a composer or recordings by a performer. Use the "Advanced" search function for more limiters. If you have problems finding what you need, please don't hesitate to ask the Music Library service desk or contact Kate Lambaria, Fine Arts Librarian. 

Author Search

  • Start in the Library Catalog
  • Select the "Author" tab
  • Enter the composer's name (Last name, First name) to find all works (printed music, recordings, books, etc.) associated with the composer
  • The below example finds everything that has C.P.E. Bach listed as an author

Advanced Search

  • Start in the Library Catalog
  • Select the "Advanced" tab
  • Use the dropdown to select "Author" and narrow by composer/performer
  • Use the other dropdowns to add keywords (sonatas, concertos, symphonies, etc.) and limit by format (music recording, music score, etc.)
  • The below example finds scores of sonatas written by C.P.E. Bach

Subject searches for music are best used when looking for all of the music we may have of a particular type.  For example, do a subject search for "Operas" if you want to see all of the operas in our collection.

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