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About this guide

This guide is designed to help you find musicology-related information. Use this as a starting point, or browsing tool. As always, consult our catalog for complete holdings information, and when uncertain, ask at the Reference Desk!


Admont-Rochester Codex (ca. 1103)

New Grove articles

Recommend a Purchase

You can recommend purchases of scores, audio/video recordings, or books. Please notify Music Librarian Jon Sauceda with recommended titles.


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Rick McRae
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Sibley Music Library
27 Gibbs St.
(585) 274-1370

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Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Here are some online resources that will assist in performing music research. These all require login with a current NetID and password.

The "R" Projects

Writing and Citing Music

Selected Library of Congress music classification numbers

Music, General including scores

M1 .A1-1.A15 Music copied or printed in manuscript in the United States or the colonies before 1860
M1 .A5-2.3 Collections
M2-2.3   Collections of musical sources
M3-3.3 Collected works of individual composers  
M3.3   First editions
M5-1490 Instrumental music  

M1495-2199 Vocal music

ML Literature about music

ML25-28 Societies on music
ML 32-33 Institutions
ML35-38 Festivals.  Congresses
ML40-44 Programs
ML47-54.8 Librettos.  Scenarios
ML62-90 Special aspects.  Including writings of musicians
ML93-96.5 Manuscripts, autographs, etc.
ML100-109 Dictionaries.  Encyclopedias
ML110-111.5 Music librarianship
ML112-112.5 Music printing and publishing
ML112.8-158.8 Bibliography
ML159-3775 History and criticism  
ML162-197   Special periods
ML162-169     Ancient
ML169.8-190     Medieval.  Renaissance
ML193-197     1601-

ML198-360   By region or country

ML385-429   Biography
ML430-455   Composition
ML459-1380   Instruments and instrumental music

ML465-471     By period
ML475-547     By region or country
ML549-1093     Instruments  
ML1100-1165     Chamber music  
ML1200-1270     Orchestra  
ML1299-1354     Band  

ML1379-1380   Electronic music.  Computer music
ML1400-3275   Vocal music

ML1499-1554     Choral music
ML1600-2888     Secular vocal music
ML2900-3275     Sacred vocal music

ML3300-3354   Program music
ML3400-3465   Dance music
ML3469-3541   Popular music
ML3544-3775   National music
ML3800-3923 Philosophy and physics of music  
ML3845-3877   Aesthetics
ML3880-3915   Criticism
ML3928-3930 Literature for children       

MT Music instruction and study 

ML1-5 History and criticism
MT5.5-7 Music theory
MT20-32 Special methods
MT40-67 Composition.  Elements and techniques of music

MT58-67   Forms

MT68 Improvisation.  Accompaniment.  Transposition.
MT70-74 Instrumentation and orchestration

MT90-146 Analysis and appreciation of musical works

MT95-100   Opera, ballet, etc.
MT110-115   Oratorios, cantatas, etc.
MT125-130   Orchestral music
MT140-145   Chamber and solo instrumental music
MT146   Popular music

MT170-810 Instrumental techniques

​M820-915 Vocal techniques

MT918-948 School music  
MT955-956 Musical theater