Find Repertoire for Cello

Find a Known Piece of Music

Consult our Helpful Hints on our main Finding Repertoire page or download the Violoncello Handout PDF.

Browse the Shelves for Cello Music

Useful call numbers for browsing on the shelf:
Call Numbers Description
M 50 - 54 cello alone with no accompaniment
M 229 - 236 cello with piano or continuo
M 231 cello sonatas
M 1016 cello with full orchestra, concertos, etc.
M 1017 cello with piano reduction of orchestral part
M 1116 cello with string orchestra, concertos, etc.
M 1117 cello with string orchestra, piano reduction
MT 300 - 318 studies, methods, and technique for cello
MT 306 orchestral excerpts for cello

Additional information regarding Call Numbers/Class Numbers can be found at Music Cataloguing at Yale: Music Call Numbers

Search by Subject

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

WARNING: 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 Cello

Consult section on String Ensembles.

Suggested Sources for Repertoire Lists

Cello 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 Cellists

History of the Cello and Cello Music

Both iterations of the New Grove Dictionary (listed below) contain detailed and scholarly information on the history of the cello and members of the violoncello family and its extensive repertory:

New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Ref ML 100.G8 2001 - on the Dictionary Table,
     or its online counterpart:

Regularly updated, 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 fastest way to find books about cello history is to search the Western Libraries Catalogue using the Subject Cello History.

Recordings of Cello Music