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Music Guide: Scores

Library of Congress Classification for Scores

The Music Library use the Library of Congress Classification Scheme (LC) to determine the location of its materials.  The LC system is an alpha-numeric system.  This means that the call numbers contain letters and numbers.  The letters tell the user the general subject matter of the material; the numbers provide more specific information about the material.

M = Music or Scores

Below are some important range designations for MUSIC in the LIBRARY of CONGRESS system:

M 1.A1-5000   MUSIC SCORES

M 2-2.3   Collections of Musical Sources, including Monuments

M 3-3.1   Collected works of individual composers



   M 6-175            Solo instruments

   M 177-990         Music for two or more solo instruments

   M 180-298.5      Duets

   M 300-386         Trios

   M 400-486         Quartets

   M 500-586         Quintets

   M 600-686         Sextets

   M 700-786         Septets

   M 800-886         Octets

   M 900-986         Nonets and larger combinations of purely chamber music

   M 990               Chamber music for instruments of the 18th century and earlier

   M 1000-1075     Orchestra

   M 1001             Symphonies

   M 1004             Overtures

   M 1010-1011      Piano concertos

   M 1100-1160      String orchestra

   M 1200-1269      Band

   M 1366              Jazz ensembles

   M 1376-1420      Instrumental music for children

   M 1473              Electronic music


M 1497-5000   VOCAL MUSIC

   M 1497-1998      Secular vocal music

   M 1500-1527.8    Dramatic music (including operas and musicals)

   M 1500               Full scores

   M 1503               Vocal scores with piano accompaniment

   M 1611-1624.8    Songs for one (1) voice

   M 1627-1853       National music

   M 1990-1998       Secular music for children (useful for music education)

   M 1999-2199       Sacred vocal music

   M 2000-2007       Oratorios

   M 2010-2017.6     Masses

   M 2020-2036        Cantatas, choruses, etc.

   M 2101-2114.8      Songs for one (1) voice

   M 2115-2146         Hymnals


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