In the library catalog, the SUBJECT searches below will yield music, books, and ebooks concerning the piano (this is not a complete list).
Remember to use the options on the left side of the results page to refine your search by format or other parameter(s): Music Score, Music Recording, Subject (piano concertos, piano sonatas), etc.
in Subject: Cello and piano music
in Subject: Pianists (books about)
in Subject: Piano (books about)
in Subject: Piano methods
in Subject: Piano trios
in Subject: Piano concertos
in Subject: Piano concertos piano with string orchestra
in Subject: Piano music (4 hands)
in Subject: Piano music (jazz)
in Subject: Piano music -- analysis appreciation
in Subject: Piano music -- teaching pieces
in Subject: Piano sonatas
in Subject: Songs with piano
in Subject: Violin and piano music
If you find a piece you want in the catalog, click on the "Subjects" tab in the record to see similar works.
A complete list of subject headings can be found in Music Subject Headings, which is bound in red and kept on the index table in the Reference Room. Piano subject headings begin on page 382.
Because printed music and books are classified - that is, grouped with similar items on the shelf - browsing can be an effective method for finding what you want.
If you're looking for piano music in a particular medium, these classifications can guide you as you browse the shelves (this is not a complete list):
By Library of Congress Call Number:
|M20, M21, M22||Solo piano music|
|M24, M25||General piano works|
|M32.8||Arrangements or transcriptions of other works|
|M200, M201, M202, M203, M204||Piano duets (one piano)|
|M205||Piano three hands|
|M213||Piano five or more hands|
|M214, M215||Four hands (two pianos)|
|Piano and three other instruments|
|M510-49||Piano and four other instruments|
|M1010, M1011||Solo piano with orchestra|
|Solo piano with string orchestra
|ML||Literature (books) on Music|
|Ref. ML128.P3||Bibliographies of piano music|
|Ref. ML132.P3||Graded lists of piano repertoire|
|ML397||Biographies of pianists|
||Piano history and criticism and construction
|MT||Music instruction and study|
|MT220||Piano instruction and study (method books, etudes)|
|MT239||Piano performance of jazz, popular music|