Find Repertoire for Violin

Find a Known Piece of Music

Consult the Helpful Hints on our main Finding Repertoire page or download the Violin Handout (PDF).

Browse the Shelves for Violin Music

Useful call numbers for browsing on the shelf:
Call Numbers Description
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

For additional information about Call Numbers/Classification Numbers, please consult this page from Yale University: Music Cataloguing at Yale: Call Numbers

Search by Subject

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

WARNING: 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

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

History of the Violin and Violin Music

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

GROVEMUSIC - The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
[online] Updated regularly. Western-only. 

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)

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: