Finding Repertoire for String Ensembles

Find a Known Piece of Music

Check the Helpful Hints on our main Finding Repertoire page or download the String Ensemble Handout PDF.

Browse the Shelves for Music

Useful call numbers for browsing on the shelf:
Call Numbers Description
M 349-353 string trios
M 450-454 string quartets
M 551-552 string quintets
M 650-654 string sextets
M 852 string octets
M 952 9 or more string instruments

Additional information regarding call numbers can be found at Music Cataloguing at Yale: Call Numbers from Yale University.

Search by Subject

Subject Headings for strings in standard combination include:

N.B. Much string ensemble music includes piano.

  • Standard string trios always consist of violin, viola, and cello.
  • Standard string quartets always consist of two violins, viola and cello.

Subject Headings for strings in non-standard combinations include:

Non-standard ensembles are usually listed under the number of instruments.

e.g. Duets Unspecified instruments

After each basic Subject Heading the instruments are organized in the following order:

  1. keyboard
  2. winds (alphabetically)
  3. percussion
  4. strings (in score order)

Suggested Sources for Repertoire Lists

History of Chamber Music

Recordings of Chamber Music

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