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Chamber Music Resources: Getting Started

Diversifying Your Repertoire

Summit Avenue Ensemble, Atlanta, Georgia

Summit Avenue Ensemble, Atlanta, GA. Thomas Askew, photographer.
W.E.B. Dubois collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs.

Exploring Repertory

Websites for Chamber Music

Finding Scores in the Music Library Stacks

To find scores in the library catalog:

  • Search from the Music Library homepage. Click on the radio button for "Scores Only" 
  • Keep your searches simple and specific to find the scores you need. For example, Beethoven violin concerto 61 (do not include "number" "no." "op." "opus" etc. as these terms can vary)

You can browse chamber music in the stacks using the call number ranges below. The call number represents the number of instruments, i.e. 200s for duets, 300s for trios, and 400s for quartets. Scores are arranged alphabetically by composer within each instrumental combination.

Watch for the yellow dividers (pictured above!) in the Music Library stacks to show you breakdowns by specific instrument combination:

  • M3 - M3.1 - scholarly editions with critical commentary, shelved alphabetically by composer​​
  • M200 - M299 - Duets
  • M300 - M399 - Trios
  • M400 - M499 - Quartets
  • M500 - M599 - Quintets
  • M600 - M699 - Sextets
  • M700 - M799 - Septets
  • M800 - M899 - Octets
  • M900 - M999 - Nonets+
  • ML410 - Composer biographies

Listening to Chamber Music

Links to more Online Listening

To find CDs in the library catalog:

To find DVDs in the library catalog:

  • Start from a catalog search, then filter results to "Physical Media / DVD", or
  • Search for films directly here (note: includes both Lilly and Music)

Making Recordings

Check out this portable Zoom Recorder from the Music Library Circulation Desk to make high quality recordings on the go!


Zoom H2n Handy Recorder

Chamber Music Research

Finding Articles about Chamber Music

Music Librarian

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Laura Williams
113 Biddle Music Building
Call me:(919) 660-5952
Subjects: Humanities, Music

Music Librarian

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Sarah Griffin
113B Biddle Music Building