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Answered By: Lorraine Falconer
Last Updated: Feb 08, 2017     Views: 27

Music has too many variations of format ,and constructions of subject headings to be able to find all scores for your instrument from a single search in the catalogue.  You will need to develop your listing through sequential searches.
Keyword searching for your specific instrument will find many hits. This search will find scores for works that include your instrument  anywhere in the catalogue entry.   A significant number of these  will not be what you need, eg: an arrangement of a work originally written for, say flute, but arranged for another instrument, very possibly not even in the same instrument family.  

It's best to use Subject or Advanced keyword searches.


Subject searching:   will give you focused results. You will need to do a series of subject searches to cover all the repertoire.
Music subjects use standardised constructions based on instrumentation and musical forms.
Some subject headings begin with the major musical instrument: e.g:
  •  Bassoon music (works for bassoon solo)
  •  Saxophone music (Saxophones (2)) (works for sax duet)
  •  bassoon and piano music
Some music subject headings begin with the musical form: e.g:
  • Concertos (Piano)
  • Sonatas (Clarinet and piano)
  • Suites (Woodwind ensemble)
Advanced keyword searching:  Use specific search terms in the Advanced keyword catalogue search (or in CrossSearch Advanced search combined with search result filters) to target closely what you want, eg:
  •  a search for flute with format limited to musical scores, location limited to Conservatorium Library - results in nearly 4,000 hits.
  • search for flute sonatas parts with format limited to musical scores, and with the location left as ANY - results in 520 or so hits, a more manageable number
  • Use truncation in advanced search, eg see How do I find a piano sonata score?

For help searching for music see the Music Subject Guide