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Finding Music: Browse Shelves and Online

Browse Online by Subject

In the library catalog, the SUBJECT searches below will yield music, books, and ebooks concerning the viola (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 (viola and piano music, string quartets), etc.:

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. Viola subject headings begin on page 564.

Browse the Shelves

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 viola music in a particular medium, these classifications can guide you in the stacks (this is not a complete list):

By Library of Congress Call Number:

M Printed Music
M46, M47 music for solo viola
M226 music for viola and piano
M351 string trios
M451, M452 string quartets
M1014, M1015 concertos for viola and orchestra

M1114, M1115


concertos for viola and string orchestra


ML Literature (books) on Music
Ref. ML128.C4 bibliographies of chamber music
Ref. ML128.V36 bibliographies of viola music



books about the viola and its history


MT Music instruction and study




viola instruction and study
(method books)

viola etudes

orchestral excerpts

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