Find Repertoire for Violin

Find a Known Piece of Music

Consult the Helpful Hints on our main Finding Repertoire page. See also the VIOLIN HANDOUT - in PDF.

Subject Searching | Ensembles RepertoirePeriodicalsHistoryRecordings

Browse the Shelves for Violin Music

Some useful call numbers for browsing on the shelf are: 

M 40 - 44 (violin alone with no accompaniment)

M 217 - 223 (violin with piano or continuo)
M 219 (violin sonatas)

M 1012 (violin with full orchestra, concertos, etc.)
M 1013 (violin with full orchestra - reduced for piano)

M 1112 (violin with string orchestra, concertos, etc.)
M 1113 (violin with string orchestra - reduced for piano)

MT 260 - 279 (studies, methods, and technique for violin)

MT 266 (orchestral excerpts)


Search by Subject (Library of Congress) for Violin Music

A SUBJECT search is NOT the same as a KEYWORD search.   Library of Congress Subject Headings are assigned by cataloguers. 

SONATAS (violin and.....)

SUITES (violin and....)

CONCERTOS violin...

  Other useful Subject Headings are:

 VIOLIN - instruction...

  VIOLIN - studies...


If , for example, you use the Subject "violin 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

Ensembles Using the Violin

Consult section on String Ensembles

Suggested Sources for Repertoire Lists

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Violin Music Found in the Solo Music Reference Collection

Much unusual and twentieth-century music for the violin may be found in the Solo Music Reference Collection housed in the Choral/Band/Orchestral Music Library. The general classification number for violin music in the SMRC is MUS 4040

Periodicals for Violinists


Early Music

American String Teacher

Orchestra Canada -- becomes OC News (1998)

International Musician

Historical Performance -- becomes Early Music America

History of the Violin and Violin Music

New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians  Ref ML 100.G8 2001-on the Dictionary Table and via the www (UWO-only)]  Detailed and scholarly information on the history of the violin and the violin repertory.

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians [online] Updated regularly. UWO-ONLY -- Provides access to the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd. ed. 

The most efficient way to find the Music Library's books on the history of the violin, is to do a Subject search on:

violin - history


Recordings of Violin Music

There are many ways to find recordings of violin music, either by 

  • consulting a published discography (click on the link below to perform a Subject search in the Western Libraries Catalogue):

Discography - Violin


  • reading our 'helpful hints' for locating recordings in the Western Libraries Catalogue:

Finding CDs, LP Recordings and Videos


  • checking lists of past recitals performed at UWO:

Western's Don Wright Faculty of Music Student/Faculty/Guest Artist Recitals


  • checking commercial web-vendors (for currently-available CDs, etc.)
Lisa Rae Philpott
Music Reference / Collections / Instructional Librarian
Music Library, Western University
Last updated: 2016-02