Instrument and Voice Guides

Call numbers for piano music

  • M20-M39: Piano alone
    • M20: Collections, mixed (original works and arrangements; two or more composers)
    • M21: Collections - original works, two or more composers
    • M22: Collections - original works, one composer
    • M23: Sonatas
    • M24: Suites
    • M25: Pieces
    • M26: Piano, one hand: left
    • M26.2: Piano, one hand: right
    • M27: Variations
    • M28: Marches
    • M30: Dances - general
    • M31: Dances - duple meter (polka, etc.)
    • M32: Dances - triple meter (waltz, etc.)
    • M32.8: Arrangements - collections
    • M33: Arrangements - complete works for opera, oratorios, and cantatas (NOT piano-vocal scores)
    • M33.5: Arrangements - excerpts from opera, oratorio, and cantatas
    • M34: Arrangements - transcriptions (for concert purpose) of operas, oratorios, cantatas, and excerpts
    • M35: Arrangements - orchestral and band music
    • M37: Arrangements - concertos (NOT piano reductions of concertos for solo instrument[s] and orchestra)
    • M37.5: Arrangements - concertos, excerpts
    • M38: Arrangements - chamber music, part songs, music for other solo instruments
    • M39: Arrangements - potpourris, medleys
    • M39.6: Arrangements - piano, one hand
  • M198-M216: Duets (piano only)
    • M198: Three hands
    • M200: Four hands - mixed collections (original works and arrangements)
    • M201: Four hands - original works, collections
    • M202: Four hands - Sonatas
    • M203: Four hands - Suites, Variations
    • M204: Four hands - Pieces
    • M207: Arrangements - collections by two or more composers
    • M208: Arrangements - operas, ballets, oratorios, cantatas (complete)
    • M208.5: Arrangements - operas, ballets, oratorios, cantatas (excerpts)
    • M209: Arrangements - orchestral and band music
    • M210: Arrangements - concertos (NOT two-piano versions of concertos for solo instrument[s] and orchestra)
    • M211: Arrangements - chamber music, songs, and part songs
    • M213: Piano, five or more hands
    • M214: Two pianos, two performers - original works
    • M215: Two pianos, two performers - arrangements
    • M216: Two or more pianos, three or more performers
  • M217-M285: Duets (piano and other solo instruments)
  • M217-M239: Piano and one stringed instrument
  • M240-M271: Piano and one wind instrument
  • M272-M283: Piano and one plucked instrument
  • M284-M285: Piano and other (includes percussion and electronics)
  • M310-M344: Trios (Piano and two other instruments)
  • M310-M314: Piano and two stringed instruments
  • M315-M319: Piano and two wind instruments
  • M320-M324: Piano, one stringed, and one wind instrument
  • M325-M329: Piano and two plucked instruments
  • M330-M334: Piano, one string, and one plucked instrument
  • M335-M339: Piano, one wind, and one plucked instrument
  • M340-M344: Piano and other combinations
Quartets, quintets, sextets, septets, octets, and nonets follow similar patterns (in the M400s, 500s, 600s, 700s, 800s, and 900s, respectively).
Concertos and similar pieces:
  • M1010: Piano with orchestra, full scores 
  • M1010.5: Cadenzas for works for piano with orchestra
  • M1011: Piano with orchestra (two-piano versions)
  • M1110: Piano with string orchestra, full scores
  • M1110.5: Cadenzas for works for piano with string orchestra
  • M1111: Piano with string orchestra (two-piano versions)

Piano studies and methods:

  • MT220: General works
  • MT221: Physiology of the hand (including hand exercises)
  • MT222: Systems and methods
  • MT224: Rudiments of music when combined with piano instruction
  • MT225-M239: Studies and exercises
  • MT225: General works
  • MT226: Left hand
  • MT227: Pedal
  • MT228: Touch
  • MT229: Wrist
  • MT230: Thirds, sixths, etc.
  • MT231: Scales and arpeggios
  • MT232: Fingering
  • MT233: Rhythm
  • MT235: Phrasing
  • MT236: Sight reading, transposition, accompaniment, etc.
  • MT238: Polyphonic playing
  • MT239: Performance of popular music
  • MT240: Other
  • MT242: Four-hand, two-piano, etc. playing
  • MT243: Teaching pieces
  • MT245: Instructive editions, two or more composers
  • MT247: Instructive editions, one composer
  • MT248: Self-instructors
  • MT250-M258: Special pianos, including early instruments

Subject headings for piano music

Use this list of subjects to get started searching in the Libraries catalog:

Solo piano music:

  • sonatas (piano)
  • suites (piano)
  • variations (piano)
  • [fill in this blank with the genre of composition you're looking for] (piano)
  • piano music
  • etc.
  • piano music (pianos (2))
  • piano music (3 hands)
  • piano music (4 hands)
  • piano music (5 hands)
  • etc.
  • piano trios
  • piano quartets
Similar for quintets, sextets, septets, octets, and nonets.


Piano and Orchestra:
  • concertos (piano)
  • piano with orchestra
  • concertos (piano with string orchestra)
  • rondos (piano with orchestra)
  • etc.

Find piano-specific scholarship online and in print through the Music Library

Want an overview of piano-related publications and lists of repertoire? 

Browse these call number ranges in the Music Library's Reference section (located on the low shelving in the front of the Library, across from the circulation desk) and General collections. If you need help locating any of these materials, just ask at the circulation desk!

  • ML128 .P3: Piano bibliographies
  • ML650: General works
  • ML651-M697: Construction: general works; by time period; by region or country; special makes; parts of the piano
  • ML700-M747: Music and playing: general works; by time period; by region or country; forms and types of music

Also, make sure to check out these specific titles:

Interested in browsing piano-specific journals? Check out these periodicals (current periodicals are just past the circulation desk in the rack on the wall, and older issues of print periodicals are located to your right when you first enter the Music Library):

Education resources:

Interested in piano-related archival materials?

Check out the International Piano Archives at Maryland: The International Piano Archives at Maryland is a unique resource for the study, appreciation, and preservation of the classical piano repertoire and its performance. IPAM's collections comprise the world's most extensive concentration of piano recordings, books, scores, programs and related materials, including the archival papers of many great keyboard artists.

Last Updated: Jun 8, 2022 1:08 PM