Find Repertoire for Percussion
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|M 146||timpani, side drum, and similar insturments|
|M 147||bells, glockenspiel, etc.|
|M 175||.C35 - castanets
.C44 - celesta
.X6 - xylophone, marimba, vibraphone
|M 284-5||piano and other
.B4 - bells
.C4 - celesta
.C94 - cymbals
.D8 - drums
.G65 - Glockenspiel
.K4 - kettledrum
.P4 - percussion
.X9 - xylophone, marimba, vibraphone
|M 298||other combinations of specified instruments|
|M 340-4||piano and two other instruments|
|M 385||other combinations of specified instruments|
Four to nine instruments
|M 445-9||piano and four other instruments|
|M 485||other combinations of specified instruments|
|M 545-9||piano and five other instruments|
|M 585 to
|other combinations of specified instruments|
Percussion with orchestra or string orchestra
|M 1038||percussion with orchestra, full score|
|M 1039||percussion with orchestra, piano reduction|
|M 1039.4||other instruments, A-Z|
|M 1138.9||as above with string orchestra|
|M 1139.4||other instruments, A-Z with string orchestra|
Method books, etc.
|MT 662-662.8||side drum, small drum, etc.|
|MT 719- 719.8||xylophone, marimba, vibraphone|
|MT 801||systems and methods by instrument, A-Z
.C9 xylophone, marimba
A SUBJECT search is NOT the same as a KEYWORD search. Library of Congress Subject Headings are assigned by cataloguers. Searching by Subject Headings will retrieve very specific (and often highly-desirable) results. KEYWORD searches will retrieve words from Subject Headings, plus words from a great many other places in the bibliographic record.
- Percussion and... (another instrument)
- Percussion with... (an ensemble - a NON-percussion ensemble)
- Percussion Ensembles (divided by: country; includes books, scores + parts)
- Marimba Music, etc.
- Timpani Music, etc.
- Xylophone Music, etc.
- Suites Percussion
- Concertos Percussion
- Trios Percussion
- Percussion Instruments Methods
- Percussion Studies and Exercises
- Marimba Methods etc.
WARNING: If, for example, you use the Subject "Percussion 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.
Percussion Music Found in the Solo Music Reference Collection
Much unusual and twentieth-century music for percussion instruments may be found in the Solo Music Reference Collection housed in the Choral/Band/Orchestral Music Library. The general classification number for percussion music in the SMRC is MUS 4655.
Jazz and Percussion
Percussion instruments of various kinds have played an important role in the development of the jazz idiom. Some important sources for information on percussion instruments in this idiom include:
The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments. Refer to the articles on percussion and on specific instruments.
For a broad overview of the development of jazz in the United States, consult the:
Also, check GROVEMUSIC - The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians [online].
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).
Long considered to be the premier English-language resource for classical or Western art music, New Grove II contains information on popular music performers and genres, world music, jazz and 20th-century music. Grovemusic contains cross-references, illustrations, bibliographies, biographies, composers' works lists, and links to some sound files.
Additional information can be located by using the SUBJECT index for searching. Some useful headings are:
The percussion articles in the New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments generally explore the history of the instruments, and discuss their use in the music of non-Western cultures.
The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians contains a glossary in volume 20 which includes many non-Western instruments and indicates where to find references to them in the Dictionary.
Also, check the percussion articles in GROVEMUSIC The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians [online].
Relevant subject headings include:
- Drum - for books about the drum, its history, etc.
- Ethnomusicology - for books about non-western music in general
A Subject Search on Percussion Music Bibliographies will search for books which contain lists percussion music - all of these books can be found in the Western Libraries Catalogue, but not all of the music listed in them will be available here - you may need to try RACER, our inter-library loans service for titles at other university libraries.
Western Libraries subscribes to many periodicals of interest to percussionists, including:
Other periodicals of interest to percussionists include:
Books about percussion instruments can be found in the Music Library (or in our storage locations) by searching by this Subject Heading Percussion Instruments.
Reliable and scholarly information about percussion instruments can be found in Western's Music Library, in the following reference sources:
New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians Ref ML 100.G8 2001 - on the Dictionary Table.
GROVEMUSIC - The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians [online] London : Macmillan Reference ; New York : Grove's Dictionaries, -
New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments Ref ML 102.I5 N48 1984
These encyclopedias contain detailed and scholarly information on the history of percussion, instrument construction, pipercussion playing and percussion repertory. The extensive bibliography lists additional books and articles on the topic. The Music Library has many of the books and articles cited.
Be careful to distinguish between books (titles ALWAYS listed in italics) and periodical articles ("titles ALWAYS listed in quotation marks") as they appear in bibliographies.
Call numbers for books may be found by Browsing by Author or by Title in the library catalogue while call numbers for articles in printed journals may be found by searching for the title of the periodical. Do not try and search by the title of the article in the Western Libraries Catalogue.