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Cello: A Starting Guide

Part I: Where to Find Cello Music in the UNLV Music Library
  • Solo Cello: M50-54
  • Cello with piano/keyboard: M229-236
  • Chamber music including strings (NOTE: Not all works in these areas will include cello):
    • Duets: M286-287, M290-291, M294-295
    • Trios:
      • Trios with keyboard: M310-314, M320-324, M330-334
      • String trios: M349-353
      • Other trios: M360-364, M370-374, M380-384
    • Quartets:
      • Quartets with keyboard: M410-414, M420-424, M430-434, M440-444
      • String quartets: M450-454
      • Other quartets: M460-464, M470-474, M480-484
    • Quintets:
      • Quintets with keyboard: M510-514, M520-524, M530-534, M540-544
      • String quintets: M550-554
      • Other quintets: M560-564, M570-574, M580-584
    • Sextets:
      • Sextets with keyboard: M610-614, M620-624, M530-634, M640-644
      • String sextets: M650-654
      • Other sextets: M660-664, M670-674, M680-684
    • Septets:
      • Septets with keyboard: M710-714, M720-724, M730-734, M740-744
      • String septets: M750-754
      • Other septets: M760-764, M770-774, M780-784
    • Octets:
      • Octets with keyboard: M810-814, M820-824, M830-834, M840-844
      • String octets: M850-854
      • Other octets: M860-864, M870-874, M880-884
    • Nonets:
      • Nonets with keyboard: M910-914, M920-924, M930-934, M940-944
      • String nonets: M950-954
      • Other nonets: M960-964, M970-974, M980-984
  • Cello with orchestra: M1016-1017
  • Cello with string orchestra: M1116-1117
  • Instruction and study: MT300-318
  • Studies and exercises: MT302-310
  • Orchestra studies: MT306
  • History of the Cello: ML910-915 (Lied Book Stacks)

See also our list of Cello Compact Discs in the Music Library on this site.

Part II: Representative Subject Headings for Cello

Note: The headings below do not include the numerous chamber combinations of cello with other instruments. For more comprehensive results, perform a keyword searches using the terms "cello" and "violoncello".

Part III: Useful Sources
Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Directories

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Online). London: Macmillan Reference; New York: Grove's Dictionaries, 2001-
Internet Access

Jackson, Barbara Garvey. The A.S.T.A. Dictionary of Bowing Terms for String Instruments. 3rd ed. [Bloomington, Ind.?] : American String Teachers Association, 1987.
Music Ref. ML108.S382 A2 1987

The Strad Directory. Middlesex, UK: Orpheus Publications, 2003.
Music Ref. ML800 .S88x 2004

Cello Repertoire

Homuth, Donald. Cello Music Since 1960 : a Bibliography of Solo, Chamber & Orchestral Works for Solo Cellist. Berkeley, Calif.: Fallen Leaf Press, 1994.
Lied Book Stacks ML128.V5 H66 1994

Kenneson, Claude. Bibliography of Cello Ensemble Music. Detroit: Information Coordinators, 1974.
Music Ref. ML128.V5 K45

Markevitch, Dimitry. The Solo Cello : a Bibliography of the Unaccompanied Violoncello Literature. Berkeley, Calif.: Fallen Leaf Press, 1989.
Lied Book Stacks ML128.V5 M28 1989

Wilkins, Wayne. The Index of Cello Music : Including the Index of Baroque Trio Sonatas. Magnolia, Ark.: Music Register, 1979.
Music Ref. ML128.V5 W5

Ensemble Repertoire

Cobbett, Walter Willson. Cobbett's Cyclopedic Survey of Chamber Music. Oxford [England]; New York: Oxford University Press, 1988, c1963.
Music Ref. ML1100 .C7 1988

Cohn, Arthur. The Literature of Chamber Music. Chapel Hill, N.C.: Hinshaw, c1997.
Music Ref. ML1100 .C78 1997

Lawrence, Ian. The Twentieth-Century String Quartet: an Historical Introduction and Catalogue. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2001.
Lied Book Stacks ML128.C4 L37 2001

Part IV: Periodicals

American String Teacher
Lied Periodicals ML27.U5 A8356

American Suzuki Journal
Lied Periodicals ML170 .A45x

Chamber Music
Lied Periodicals ML1 .C353

The Strad
Lied Periodicals ML5 .S89

Strings
Lied Periodicals ML749.5 .S87