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Call Numbers for Books

[ref] ML128 C4 Chamber Music
ML1100-1215 Chamber Music
MT140-145 Chamber Music

 

You may also find books about the chamber music of specific composers with their biographies in the ML410s. 

Call Numbers for Scores

Call numbers for chamber music follow a set pattern based on the number and type(s) of instruments. Use the chart below to find the call number range for a particular instrumentation. For example, a septet featuring a piano, a string quartet (two violins, viola, and cello), flute, and percussion would have a call number between 720 and 749.

Scores

# of Instruments With Organ
(00-09)
Piano and strings
(10-14)
Piano and winds
(15-19)
Piano and any other combination
(20-49)
Only strings
(50-54)
Only winds
(55-59)
Strings and Winds
(60-64)
Any other combination
(65-86)
Trio (3) 300-309 310-314 315-319 320-349 350-354 355-359 360-364 365-386
Quartet (4) 400-409 410-414 415-419 420-449 450-454 455-459 460-464 465-486
Quintet (5) 500-509 510-514 515-519 520-549 550-554 555-559 560-564 565-586
Sextet (6) 600-609 610-614 615-619 620-649 650-654 655-659 660-664 665-686
Septet (7) 700-709 710-714 715-719 720-749 750-754 755-759 760-764 765-786
Octet (8) 800-809 810-814 815-819 820-849 850-854 855-859 860-864 865-886
Nonet (9) 900-909 910-914 915-919 920-949 950-954 955-959 960-964 965-986

 

Pieces for 10 or more are considered large ensembles and their call numbers (M1000-1356.2) do not conform to the above pattern.

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