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Ways to Browse for Percussion Music

These are some of the call numbers for locating percussion music in the UO Music Collection.  Using these, you can browse for performance repertoire, histories, and method books on the physical shelves, or browse by Library of Congress call numbers in LibrarySearch.

Percussion Music

  • Solo Percussion
    • M146: Solo Drum (including timpani, drum set, snare drum, etc., and works for one performer playing two or more different percussion instruments)
    • M147: Solo Bells, Glockenspiel
    • M175.X6: Solo Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone
  • Duets
    • M285: Keyboard and Percussion duets
      • M285.P4: Keyboard and one percussionist playing 2 or more different percussion instruments
      • M285.T5: Keyboard and timpani
      • M285.X9: Keyboard and xylophone, marimba, or vibraphone
  • Trios
    • M342: Trios for percussion and two other instruments
  • Percussion Ensembles
    • M585: Music for 5 percussionists
    • M685: Music for 6 percussionists
    • M785: Music for 7 percussionists
    • M885: Music for 8 percussionists
    • M985: Music for 9 percussionists
    • M1363: Steel Band Music
  • Solo Percussion with Accompanying Ensemble
    • M1205-M1206: Solo percussion with band
    • M1038: Concertos for 1 or more soloists playing 2 or more percussion instruments, with orchestra accompaniment
    • M1039: Percussion concertos with piano accompaniment 
    • M1039.4: Concertos for 1 soloist playing 1 percussion instrument
    • M1138: Percussion concertos with string orchestra
    • M1366: Solo percussion with jazz ensemble

Percussion technique and methods

  • MT655 - MT725: Instrumental techniques for percussion and other instruments
    • MT660: Timpani
    • MT662: Drums
    • MT663: Bongos and Congas
    • MT664: Tabla (Indian)
    • MT710: Handbells and carillon
    • MT719: Xylophone, marimba, and vibraphone
    • MT720: Tubular bells, chimes
  • MT736: Percussion ensemble instruction

Books about percussion instruments

  • ML102.P4: Dictionaries & Encyclopedias of percussion history and terminology
  • ML128.P23: Bibliographies of percussion, guides to percussion repertoire
  • ML1030: History of percussion instruments (general)
  • ML1035: History of drums (including drum set)
  • ML1036: History of timpani
  • ML1038: History of non-Western drums 
  • ML1039: History of bells, gongs, and chimes
  • ML1048: History of xylophone, marimba, and vibraphone

These are some of the Library of Congress Subject Headings for locating music for percussion instruments and literature about percussion instruments in the UO Music Collection.  Using these, you can refine your searches in the library catalog, using the "subject" limiter.

Music for solo percussion without accompaniment

  • Percussion music
    • compositions for 1 musician playing 1 or more percussion instruments
  • Marimba music
  • Snare drum music
  • Timpani music
  • Sonatas ( [insert percussion instrument] )
    • e.g., Sonatas (Glockenspiel)
  • Suites ( [insert percussion instrument] )
    • e.g., Suites (Vibraphone)
  • Variations ( [insert percussion instrument] )
    • e.g., Variations (Xylophone)

Music for solo percussion with accompaniment

  • Percussion and piano music
  • Timpani and piano music [Try replacing "timpani" with another percussion instrument, or replacing "piano" with another keyboard instrument]
  • Sonatas (Marimba and piano) [Try replacing "marimba" with another percussion instrument]
  • Suites (Vibraphone and piano) [Try replacing "vibraphone" with another percussion instrument]
  • Marimba with percussion ensemble
  • Percussion with band
  • Percussion with chamber orchestra
  • Percussion with instrumental ensemble
  • Percussion with orchestra
    • Percussion with orchestra--Solo with piano
  • Percussion with string orchestra
  • Percussion with jazz ensemble
  • Concertos (Percussion)
    • Concertos (Percussion)--Solo with piano

Music for Duets

  • Percussion ensembles
    • compositions for 2 or more musicians each playing 1 or more percussion instruments
  • Percussion and [insert instrument] music
    • e.g., Percussion and cello music
  • Snare drum and [insert instrument] music
    • e.g., Snare drum and trumpet music
  • Marimba and [insert instrument] music
    • e.g., Marimba and trombone music
  • Timpani and [insert instrument] music
    • e.g., Timpani and computer music

Music for ensembles of 2-10 percussion players

  • Percussion ensembles
    • compositions for 2 or more musicians each playing 1 or more percussion instruments

Subject terms for finding books and articles ABOUT percussion

  • Percussion instruments
    • Percussion instruments--Instruction and study
    • Percussion instruments--History and criticism
  • Percussion instrument makers
  • Percussionists
    • Castanet players
    • Drummers (Musicians)
    • Marimba players
    • Timpanists
    • Vibraphonists
  • Also search for information about specific percussion instruments by using the name of that instrument as your SUBJECT.  For example:
    • Bells
    • Body percussion
    • Castanets
    • Claves
    • Cymbals
    • Drums
    • Drum set
    • Glockenspiel
    • Gong
    • Maraca
    • Marimba
    • Rattle (Musical instrument)
    • Singing bowl
    • Steel drum (Musical instrument)
    • Tabla
    • Timpani
    • Xylophone
    • Zoomoozophone

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