8/30/2021: This section will be revised to reflect Brown's new library catalog; stay tuned for updates!
One of the biggest problems in searching for pieces of music is that the titles are tricky. A distinctive title such as Lincoln Portrait is easy enough—but how many works are called Symphony? Thousands! How about variations such as Sinfonia, Symphonie, Sinfonie? What about arrangements of that work for piano four-hands or for wind band?
The uniform title was developed to help with this problem. (Also, always remember to use the Author/Title search as shown above!) If you want to know more, please see this tutorial on using preferred titles:
An important point of reference for finding scores for specific combinations of instruments is subject headings. The names of the instruments will be entered as a subject heading, as will particular groupings.
For example, look at this record for Jimmy Giuffre's Clarinet Quintet and make particular note of the subject heading: https://search.library.brown.edu/catalog/b3400349.
You can then click on this subject heading to find other materials we own that are for the combination clarinet, two violins, viola, and cello, then use the filters on the left side of the page to limit to scores. Try this with other combinations of instruments!
Browsing the Stacks
Music scores in the Orwig Music Library are (mostly) organized by instrumentation. So, once you have the call number of a work for the combination of instruments you want, you can find more works for that combination simply by looking at the scores that are next to it in the stacks.
There are a number of indexes to songs in collections (many can be found at Orwig Ref. ML128.S3). Here are two frequently-used ones plus a website:
Another way to find a particular opera aria is to find it in the vocal score for the opera of which it is a part.
Piano works in collections can often be found by using Piano Music in Collections: an Index by Rita M. Fuszek (Orwig Ref ML128.P3 F87 1982).
Repertoire lists (or bibliographies): In general these are available in the Orwig Reference Collection in the call number range ML128. Examples include:
ML128. C4 H5 1978 The Piano in Chamber Ensemble
ML128. G8 J36 1989 Classical Guitar Music in Print
ML128. S3 E8 1977 Repertoire for solo voice (bibliography of songs)
ML128. W5 P8 1997 Woodwind Music in Print