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Solo guitar or lute
|M 125||Miscellaneous collections of guitar music|
|M 126||Collections of original compositions|
|M 127||Single original works|
|M 128||Collections of arrangements for guitar|
|M 129||Single arrangements|
|M 140||Collections of lute music|
|M 141||Single works for lute|
|M 276||Collections for guitar and keyboard|
|M 277||Single works for guitar and keyboard|
|M 282.L88||Collections for lute and keyboard|
|M 283.L88||Single works for lute and keyboard|
|M 292-3||Duets for plectral instruments|
|M 294-5||Duets, one string and plectral instrument|
|M 296-7||Duets, one wind and plectral instrument|
|M 325-9||Trios, keyboard and plectral instruments|
|M 330-4||Trios, keyboard, string and plectral|
|M 335-9||Trios, keyboard, wind and plectral|
|M 365-9||Plectral trios|
|M 370-4||String-plectral trios|
|M 375-4||Wind-plectral trios|
|M 380-4||String-wind-plectral trios|
|M 425-9||Quartets, keyboard and plectral trio|
|M 430-4||Quartets, keyboard string-plectral trio|
|M 435-9||Quartets, keyboard and wind-plectral trio|
|M 440-4||Quartets, keyboard, string-wind-plectral|
|M 465-9||Plectral quartets|
|M 470-4||String-plectral quartets|
|M 475-9||Wind-plectral quartets|
|M 480-4||String-wind-plectral quartets|
Five to nine instruments
|M 425-544||Quintets with keyboard|
|M 625-644||Sextets with keyboard|
|M 725-744||Septets with keyboard|
|M 765-784||Septets (subarranged like M 465-484)|
|M 825-844||Octets with keyboard|
|M 925-944||Nonets with keyboard|
Guitar with orchestra
|M 1037.4.G8||Guitar with orchestra, e.g.concertos (full scores and piano reductions)|
|M 1137.4.G8||Guitar with string orchestra (full and reduced scores)|
Voice and guitar or lute
|M 1623||Collections of music for voice and guitar|
|M 1623.5||Collections of music for voice and lute|
|M 1624||Single works for voice and guitar|
|M 1624.5||Single works for voice and lute|
Method books, etc.
|MT 580||Instrumental techniques for guitar--General|
|MT 582||Systems and methods|
|MT 585||Studies and exercises|
|MT 585||Two guitars|
|MT 640||Instrumental techniques for lute-- General|
|MT 640.2||Systems and methods|
|MT 640.3||Studies and exercises|
|MT 640.4||Orchestral studies|
|MT 640.5||Teaching pieces|
|MT 640.6||Instructive editions|
|MT 640.7||Two instruments|
For additional information about Call Numbers/Classification Numbers, please consult this page from Yale University: Music Cataloguing at Yale: Call Numbers
A SUBJECT search is NOT the same as a KEYWORD search. Library of Congress Subject Headings are assigned by cataloguers. You must use the exact same Subject Headings as they do. Ask at the Reference Desk for suggestions.
- Sonatas (Guitar...)
- Suites (Guitar...)
- Concertos (Guitar...)
- Trios (Guitar ...)
- Quartets (Guitar...)
- Guitar Instruction...
- Guitar Studies and Exercises
WARNING: If, for example, you use the Subject "guitar music" you will find miscellaneous solo works only.
Most music will be found under the subject heading for a specific genre.
Words or terms from Subject Headings may be used in KEYWORD searching.
Much unusual and twentieth-century music for the guitar may be found in the Solo Music Reference Collection housed in the Choral/Band/Orchestral Music Library. The general classification number for guitar music in the SMRC is MUS 4125 (guitar).
Following is a link from a Subject Heading to quickly find all the guitar periodicals owned by Western Libraries:
To find all of the books which deal with the history of the guitar in our library, use this Subject Heading:
Other important sources regarding the history of the gutar and lute may be found in (be sure to check the bibliography at the end of the article):
New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians Ref ML 100.G8 2001 - on the Dictionary Table. Detailed and scholarly information on the history of the guitar and the guitar repertory.
GROVEMUSIC - The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians ONLINE. Updated regularly.
Regularly updated, Grovemusic provides access to the full text of:
- The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd. ed., 29 vols., published in 2001 (25 million words; 29,000 articles), plus the complete text of
- The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992),
- The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd edition,
- The Norton Grove Dictionary of Women Composers (1994),
- The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition (2013), and
- The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, 2nd edition (2014).
For additional detailed and scholarly information on the history of the guitar construction, guitar playing and repertory, consult:
Bacon, Tony and Paul Day. The Ultimate Guitar Book. New York: Knopf, 1991. [Ref ML 1015.G9B22 1991]
The Ultimate Guitar Book relates the history of the guitar, using photographs of over 450 instruments.
Noad, Frederick M. The Virtual Guitarist: Hardware, Software, and Websites for the Guitar. New York: Schirmer Books, 1998. [ML 1015.G9N58 1998]
A fine scholarly annotated bibliography (1039) items covering the following areas:
- general histories and dictionaries
- national histories
- histories of the Renaissance
- eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-centuries
- design and construction
This book serves as an excellent starting point for any scholarly endeavour on any aspect of the guitar or lute. Indexed by author, subject, and title.
Schwarz, Werner. Guitar Bibliography: An International Listing of Theoretical Literature on Classical Guitar from the Beginning to the Present. Munchen: K.G. Saur, 1984. [Ref ML 128.G8S4 1984]
An extensive classified bibliography (4705 items) of matters pertaining to the guitar. Author index and name index.
Lyons, David. Lute, Viheula, Guitar to 1800: A Bibliography. Detroit: Information Coordinators, 1978. Detroit Studies in Music Bibliography, no. 40. [Ref ML 128.S7 L96 1978]
A classified bibliography (1735 items) which concentrates heavily on literature about the lute. Includes author index.
Coelho, Victor Anand, ed. Performance on Lute, Guitar and Vihuela: Historical Practice and Modern Interpretation. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997. [ML1003.P47 1997]