Answered By: Caroline Daniels
Last Updated: Aug 25, 2016     Views: 11

Our music librarian's favourite method for searching for particular pieces is to retrieve a list of all the music by a the specific composer and written for the specific instrument.  You can then identify which books look like they might contain the piece and check their contents.  You can then recognize the name of the piece whether it is the opus number, title, musicological catalogue number, etc. To try this:

  1. Go to the catalogue's advanced search and enter the composer's name and the instrument into the first search box.
  2. 2. Change the drop down menu to the right of the box to Not
  3. 3. Go to the next line down, and change the drop down menu to the left of the search box to words or phrase
  4. 4. In the second search box, enter the term electronic resource, to exclude streaming audio files
  5. 5. Change the drop down menu to the right of the second search box to Not
  6. 6. Go to the next line down, and change the drop down menu to the left of the third search box to words or phrase
  7. 7. In the third search box, enter the term sound recording, to exclude CDs from the search
  8. 8. Finally, click Search

Your result list will have all the library's printed music by that composer for that instrument.  It will also contain some music history books or other items that are not printed music, but you will recognize them as you scan through the list. This may be enough to locate the piece you want!  Write down the call number and find it on the shelf!

If you don't see the name of the piece you are looking for, then check for collections:

9. When you find a book that looks likely, click on the title to open the description

10. Click on catalog record to view the contents of the book if it is available.  If you find the piece you are looking for, write down the call number and find it on the shelf.  If this book does not have the contents listed, find it on the shelf and check the table of contents.

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