Finding Repertoire for String Ensembles

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Check the Helpful Hints on our main Finding Repertoire page. See also the Music Library's STRING ENSEMBLE handout - PDF.

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Browse the Shelves for Music

Some useful call numbers for browsing on the shelf are:

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

Subject Headings for strings in standard combination include:



Much string ensemble music includes piano...





Standard string trios always consist of violin, viola, and violoncello;

Standard string quartets always consist of two violins, viola and violoncello.

Subject Headings for strings in non-standard combinations include:

TRIOS (piano, clarinet, viola)

STRING TRIOS (violins (3))

QUARTETS (flute, violin, viola, violoncello)

STRING QUARTETS (violin, viola,violoncello, double bass)

QUINTETS (horn, violins (2), viola, violoncello)

STRING QUINTETS (violins (2) ...)

N.B. 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:

    • keyboard
    • winds (alphabetically)
    • percussion
    • strings (in score order)

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Last updated: 2016-02