Find Repertoire for VIOLONCELLO

Find a Known Piece of Music

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

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Browse the Shelves for Violoncello Music

Some useful call numbers for browsing on the shelf are: 

M 50 - 54  (violoncello alone with no accompaniment)

M 229 - 236 (violoncello with piano or continuo)
M 231 (violoncello sonatas)

M 1016 (violoncello with full orchestra, concertos, etc.)
M 1017 (violoncello with piano reduction of orchestral part)

M 1116 (violoncello with string orchestra, concertos, etc.)
M 1117 (violoncello with string orchestra, piano reduction

MT 300 - 318 (studies, methods, and technique for violoncello)
MT 306 (orchestral excerpts)


Search by Subject (Library of Congress) for Music

Library of Congress/Class M, Music Classification are assigned by cataloguers; you must use the same Subject Headings to find desired repertoire.

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SONATAS (violoncello and.....)

SUITES (violoncello and....)

CONCERTOS violoncello...

  Other useful Subject Headings are:

VIOLONCELLO - instruction... 

VIOLONCELLO -- studies...


If , for example, you use the Subject "violoncello 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 Violoncello

Consult section on String Ensembles

Suggested Sources for Repertoire Lists

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Violoncello Music Found in the Solo Music Reference Collection

Much unusual and twentieth-century music for the violoncello may be found in the Solo Music Reference Collection housed in the Choral/Band/Orchestral Music Library. The general classification number for violoncello music in the SMRC is MUS 4050

Periodicals for Violoncellists


Early Music

American String Teacher

Orchestra Canada -- becomes OC News (1998)

International Musician

Historical Performance -- becomes Early Music America

History of the Violoncello and Violoncello Music

New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians  Ref ML 100.G8 2001-on the Dictionary Table]  Detailed and scholarly information on the history of the viola and members of the violin family and the viola 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.

Click on this Subject Heading to retrieve all of the Music Library's books about the history of your instrument:

violoncello - history

Recordings of Violoncello Music

Lisa Rae Philpott
Music Reference / Collections / Instructional Librarian
Music Library - Western University
Last updated: 2016-02