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Lieder and art song resource guide: Scores

This guide is intended to assist in locating scores and materials about art songs and Lieder.
Last Updated: Feb 22, 2021 2:40 PM

Scores

Vocal music (solo voice and solo voice with piano accompaniment) may be found shelved under call numbers beginning with M 71.

NOTE: Scores at the Music Library at UB are shelved according to the Dickinson Classification. This system is used only for music scores and is a different from the Library of Congress classification system used for books.

Vocal ranges are sometimes indicated in the last line of the call number:

2-high voice (soprano, tenor) 
3-medium voice (mezzo or baritone) 
4-low voice (contralto, bass, or bass-baritone)]

Collections of works by multiple composers are found at the beginning of the section, and start with the call number M 71 .A3. Works by individual composers are shelved following the M 71 A3 section and are arranged alphabetically by composer's last name. A small a3 or a2 indicates a compilation of works by a single composer. For example, the collection of works for low voice by Schumann entitled 90 Songs for Voice and Piano has a call number of M 71 .Sch8 a3 I-4:

M 71 [vocal music]
Sch8 [Schumann]
a3 [partial collection]
I-4 [International Edition-low voice]

Schoenberg's "Book of the Hanging Gardens" published with the title Das Buch der hangenden Garten: for voice and piano : op. 15 has a call number of M71 Sch6 (15) U:

M 71 [vocal music]
Sch6 [Schoenberg]
(15) [Opus 15]
U [Universal Edition]

Some places to start looking for collections are:

  • Standard vocal literature: These collections, one for each voice part, have accompanying CDs which may be checked out. For the following, the CDs will have the same call number as the book. To get the CD, bring the call number to the circulation desk and ask for the CD.
    • Walters, Richard, ed. Standard Vocal Literature: Bass. Milwaukee: Hal Leonard, 2004. 
      M 71 A3 W171 s v. 5
    • Walters, Richard, ed. Standard Vocal Literature: Baritone. Milwaukee: Hal Leonard, 2004. 
      M 71 A3 W171 s v. 4
    • Walters, Richard, ed. Standard Vocal Literature: Tenor. Milwaukee: Hal Leonard, 2004. 
      M 71 A3 W171 s v. 3
    • Walters, Richard, ed. Standard Vocal Literature: Mezzo-soprano. Milwaukee: Hal Leonard, 2004. 
      M 71 A3 W171 s v. 2
    • Walters, Richard, ed. Standard Vocal Literature: Soprano. Milwaukee: Hal Leonard, 2004. 
      M 71 A3 W171 s v. 1