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Score Call Numbers in the Music Library: Chamber Music

How to read M call numbers, M call number browsing, class M outline, and guides for specific genres of music

Chamber Music - M5 Overview

  • Sonatas and other works for one instrument plus piano are classed by instrument. M5 is used for groups of three or more performers and for two dissimilar performers (like flute and violin).
  • Complete sets of parts are in the PARTS collection.
  • Performance parts that go with a work for piano+instruments should be requested behind the circulation desk. The score will be in the general collection.
  • In the general collection, the number after the dash in the third line (for composer) indicates the number of players. For example, M521 B39-3 is a work (by Beethoven) for three performers.
  • In PARTS collection, the number of performers appears after the class number. For example, M52-4 B39 is a work (by Beethoven) for four performers.
  • For works that include electronics, the number after the dash for number of performers does not include the electronics. For example, string quartet with electronics would be M52048-4. For percussion works, the number is for number of players, regardless of how many instruments.
  • Tips for using the outline below:
    • Strings: violin, viola, cello, double bass, etc.
    • Plucked strings: lute, guitar, mandolin, harp, etc.
    • Winds: woodwinds or brass: clarinet, oboe, saxophone, trombone, etc.
    • Percussion: multiple percussion, timpani, drum set, marimba, etc.

M5 Class Outline

Most common combinations are in bold.

M5

Miscellaneous collections by one or more composers

M52

String ensemble: any combination of string instruments

M52019

String ensemble with unrealized continuo

M53

Wind ensemble: any combination of wind instruments

M53019

Wind ensemble with unrealized continuo

M534

Wind and percussion

M5348

Winds with electronics

M541019

Plucked strings with unrealized continuo

M542

Plucked strings and strings

M5423

Plucked strings, strings, and winds

M5424

Plucked strings, strings, and percussion

M543

Plucked strings and winds

M5434

Plucked strings, winds, and percussion

M544

Plucked string ensemble

M546

Percussion ensemble

M54648

Percussion ensemble with electronics

M55

Strings and winds

M55019

Strings and winds with unrealized continuo

M554

Strings, winds, and plucked strings

M5546

Strings, winds, percussion

M5548

Strings and winds with electronics

M56

Strings, winds, plucked strings, and percussion

M57

Chamber ensembles with vocal parts

M58

Indeterminate or unspecified instrumentation

M59

Viol consort or “ancient” instruments combinations

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