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Using the Music Library

Finding music by subject

Subject searches for music are best used when looking for all of the music we may have of a particular type.  For example, if you want to see all of the operas we have in the Music Library, a subject search on “operas” would be the best approach. 

Subjects for music are generally “genre” terms, such as operas, symphonies, sonatas, or suites.  When doing a subject search on a genre, make sure you use the plural version of the genre.   Subjects can also describe the solo instrument, such as “Flute Music,” “Clarinet Music,” or “Quartets, Strings.”  Notice that in the case of trios, quartets, quintets, and other such chamber music, the type of ensemble comes first, followed by instrumentation.

Using the top tabbed menu, choose subject, and then GO!  As with other searches, you can limit your search to compact discs, DVD (media), or scores by clicking on the limit button and choosing the appropriate type of material. 

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

Watch a video tutorial on searching by subject