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Using the Music Library

Finding music by composer, or "author"

The “author” search in the catalog will help you find works by a composer, collections edited by a particular person, or recordings by a particular performer.  Think of anyone responsible for the publication or recording as being the "author."  It is suggested that in the Libraries’ catalog, the advanced search be used to make it easier to limit search results. 

  • From the Libraries’ catalog, use the drop down menu to choose a search by author.  Fill in the author’s name (or composer, or editor, or performer), LAST NAME FIRST.  You can also limit to either "scores" (printed music) or "music rcdg" (compact discs) further down on the page under “material type.”
  • Submit the search.  If the search results are very large, you can further limit the results.  This can be done by clicking on the “modify search” button at the top of the page.   This will take you back to the original search page where  you can combine subject headings with the author search, for example.   In the example below, the search will bring up symphonies of Mozart that are in our scores collection. 
  • Tip: when adding a subject or keyword such as looking for a symphony or an opera, make the search term plural (i.e., symphonies, operas, etc.)

And, if you have problems find what you need, please don’t hesitate to ask at the Music Library service desk for help!