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Percussion: A Starting Guide

Part I: Where to Find Percussion Music in the UNLV Music Library
  • Solo percussion:
    • Drums (including timpani, drum set, snare drum, etc., and multiple percussion, one performer): M146
    • Mallet percussion: M175.X6
  • Duets with percussion:
    • Piano with drums (see above): M284.D8, M285.D8
    • Piano with multiple percussion (one player): M284.P4, M285.P4
    • Piano with mallet percussion: M284.X9, M285.X9
    • Miscellaneous duets (Note: not all works in this area will include percussion): M298
  • Miscellaneous combinations (Note: not all works in these areas will include percussion):
    • Trios: M340-344, M385-386
    • Quartets: M445-449, M485-486
    • Quintets: M545-549, M585-586
    • Sextets: M645-649, M685-686
    • Septets: M745-749, M785-786
    • Octets: M845-849, M885-886
    • Nonets: M945-949, M985-986

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

Part II: Representative Subject Headings for Percussion (including Timpani)

Note: The headings below do not include the numerous chamber combinations of percussion with other instruments. For more comprehensive results, perform a keyword search including the term(s) percussion or timpani.

Specific Percussion Instruments
Part III: Useful Sources

Barnhart, Stephen L. Percussionists : a Biographical Dictionary. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2000.
Music Ref. ML399 .B38 2000

Encyclopedia of Percussion. Edited by John Beck. New York: Garland, 1995.
Music Ref. ML102.P4 E5 1995

Holland, James. Practical Percussion: a Guide to the Instruments and Their Sources. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2003.
Lied Book Stacks ML1030 .H65 2003

Montagu, Jeremy. Timpani and Percussion. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2002.
Lied Book Stacks ML1035 .M66 2002

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

Percussion Solo Literature. Thomas Siwe, editor. Champaign, Ill.: Media Press, c1995.
Music Ref. ML128.P23 S63 1995

Percussion Ensemble Literature. Thomas Siwe, editor. Champaign, Ill.: Media Press, c1998.
Music Ref. ML128.P23 S625 1998

Part IV: Periodicals

Lied Periodicals ML1 .P1085

Percussive Notes
Lied Periodicals ML1 .P1087

Percussive Notes Research Edition : Percussionist
Lied Periodicals ML1 .P1085

Rudimental Percussionist
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