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Score Call Numbers in the Music Library: Folk Music

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


Folk music is classed in M74. Folk music from many regions, and general collections, is in M74. Brackets are used after the 74 to indicate region or language. The numbers within brackets function like decimals.

Art music interpretations or arrangements of folk music (Aaron Copland, Percy Grainger, Bela Bartok) are shelved by medium in other classes.

To explore folk songs/music in the catalog, you can use subject headings. The most common are Folk songs, [language] or Folk Music--[Place].

M74 Class Outline

The outline below is not complete; please contact us if you are looking for music of a particular language/region and you cannot it on the shelf or in the catalog.

Class Region or Language
74[3]  Ancient
74[33]  Hebrew, Yiddish
74[4]  European (general)
74[41]  Scottish
74[415]  Irish
74[42]  English, Great Britain
74[429]  Welsh
74[43]  German
74[436]  Austrian
74[437]  Czech
74[4373]  Slovak
74[438]  Polish
74[439]  Hungarian
74[44]  French
74[45]  Italian
74[46]  Spanish
74[47]  Russian
74[481]  Norwegian
74[485]  Swedish
74[489]  Danish
74[492]  Dutch
74[495] Greek
74[4977]  Bulgarian
74[498]  Rumanian
74[5]  Asia (general)
74[51]  Chinese
74[519]  Korean
74[52]  Japanese
74[54]  Indian
74[6]  Africa (general)
74[68]  South African
74[7]  North American (US/Canada) 
74[71]  Canadian
74[72]  Latin American, including Mexico
74[729]  Caribbean
74[73]  United States
74[731]  African-American
74[740]  U. S. Native American
74[785]  Hawaiian
74[81]  Brazilian
74[82]  South Americas (Spanish language)
74[914]  Philippines
74[991]  Indonesia
74[993]  New Zealand
74[994]  Australia

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