The following is intended as an introductory guide--with representative examples--to finding music scores and sound recordings in the Music Library of the University of the Arts, by means of Library of Congress subject headings.
All music materials are assigned English subject headings according to terminology developed and used over the last century by the Music Division of The Library of Congress. In order to search by subject successfully, it is essential to become familiar with the language and structure of these headings.
The examples here provide a cross-section, but do not include the full range of detail likely to be encountered. For more information, consult the extracted Music Subject Headings (2nd ed.) on the catalogue table in the UArts Music Library Reading Room; and for the larger context, see the complete Library of Congress Subject Headings volumes shelved opposite the Music Librarian's office.
If you have questions about these examples or about searching for musical works by subject contact Mark Germer, UArts Music Librarian.
Motion picture music
Big band music
Saxophone and piano music
Keyboard instrument music
Dance music (Guitar)
Concertos (Trumpet with string orchestra)
Sonatas (Flute and piano)
Canons, fugues, etc.
Songs with instrumental ensemble
Solo cantatas, Sacred
Monologues with music
as: Music--Japan ; Music--Africa, West
as: Songs, Spanish--Latin America
Folk songs, [Language]
Folk dance music--[Place]
Church music--Catholic Church
Chants (Plain, Gregorian, etc.)
Jazz--Scores [for full ensemble transcriptions]
Trumpet music (Jazz) [for excerpted solo transcriptions]
Concertos (Piano)--2 piano scores
Musicals--Vocal scores with piano
--History and criticism
--Philosophy and aesthetics
--Instruction and study
Performance practice (Music)
Music in art
Romanticism in music