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Music: Clarinet

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Browsing the catalog

  • You can also browse for scores and books using UC Library Search.  In Advanced Search, select the Call Number (LC) option and type one of the M numbers in the search box.  From the search shown below, can you tell how many scores of solo unaccompanied clarinet music the library has?

Finding scores and recordings

  • To find a specific musical work, in Advanced Search enter the composer and title, and select Scores, Compact Discs, etc. from the format menu:

  • To find a work with a generic title, such as a sonata or concerto, enter the composer's name, enter sonatas clarinet (or concertos clarinet, etc.) for the title, and then select Scores, Compact Discs, etc. from the format menu:

Chamber music

  • To find out what scores the library has for a particular medium of chamber music, search using specific Subjects in the library catalog.  The following search will find scores of clarinet duets. 

Try the following subjects for other chamber music combinations:

  • sonatas clarinets 2 
    [sonatas or sonatinas for two clarinets; M288, M289]
  • woodwind trios clarinets 3  
    [clarinet trios; M357.2, M358, M359]
  • woodwind quartets clarinets 4  
    [clarinet quartets; M457.2, M458, M459]

  • trios piano clarinet*  
    [trios for piano, clarinet, and one other instrument; M317, M322]
  • quartets piano clarinet*  
    [quartets for piano, clarinet, and two other instruments; M417, M422]
  • quintets piano clarinet*  
    [quintets for piano, clarinet, and three other instruments; M517, M522]
  • wind trios clarinet*  
    [wind trios that include clarinet; M357]
  • wind quartets clarinet* 
    [wind quartets that include clarinet; M457]
  • wind quintets clarinet* 
    [wind quintets that include clarinet; M557]



In UC Library Search use the following Subject Keywords to find books on the history of the clarinet and its construction and literature.  Many (but not all) of the books you'll find with these subject keywords are shelved under the ML numbers shown.  The catalog indicates when a book is located in the reference section of the music library, which is just beside the entrance to the book and score area.


Clarinet Bibliography

ML128 .C58

Clarinet History


Clarinet Construction


Clarinet music
(limit to Book)

Journal Articles

The call number of The Clarinet is ML1 .C787.  You will find the latest issue in the reading area of the music library.

To search for articles on any aspect of the clarinet, use the following databases:

Listen to Music

Browse for Scores: M

Finding clarinet music

  • You can find music for clarinet by simply browsing the shelves in the music library.  In the Library of Congress system, used in academic libraries, call numbers of scores begin with the letter M, followed by a number that designates the medium of performance.  Important numbers for clarinet are M72 (solo unaccompanied), M250 (clarinet solo with keyboard), and M1025 (clarinet concertos, piano reduction).  Within most numbers, scores are in order alphabetically by composer.  For example, to find a piano reduction score of the Mozart clarinet concerto, just look under M1025 M. More numbers:

Solo unaccompanied

  • M70 -- Collections of original and arranged works
  • M71 -- Collections of original works
  • M72 -- Separate works, original
  • M73 -- Collections of arranged works
  • M74 -- Separate works, arranged

Solo with piano

  • M248 -- Collections of original and arranged works
  • M249 -- Collections of original works
  • M250 -- Separate works, original
  • M251 -- Collections of arranged works
  • M252 -- Separate works, arranged

Solo with full orchestra

  • M1024 -- Full scores
  • M1025 -- Piano reductions

Solo with string orchestra

  • M1124 -- Full scores
  • M1125 -- Piano reductions

Chamber music

  • M288, 289 -- Two wind instruments
  • M317, 417, 517 (etc.) -- Trios (quartets, quintets, etc.) for piano plus two (three, four etc.) wind instruments
  • M322, 422, 522 (etc.) -- Trios (quartets, quintets, etc.) for piano plus two (three, four etc.) string(s) plus wind(s)
  • M357, 457, 557 (etc.) -- Wind trios, quartets, quintets (etc.)
  • M357.2, 457.2, 557.2 (etc.) -- Woodwind trios, quartets, quintets (etc.)

Orchestral music

  • M1001 -- Symphonies
  • M1002 -- Symphonic poems
  • M1003 -- Variations, suites
  • M1004 -- Overtures

Browse for Books, Methods, etc.: ML and MT

Finding books

  • Call numbers of books begin with ML, and call numbers of instructional materials such as methods, studies, and orchestral excerpts begin with MT.  Browse under these numbers to find books and instructional materials for clarinet:


  • ML931 -- General books on woodwind instruments
  • ML945 -- General books on the history of the clarinet
  • ML946 -- Clarinet construction
  • ML948 -- Clarinet music and playing


  • MT380 -- General instructional works on the clarinet
  • MT382 -- Systems and methods
  • MT385 -- Studies and exercises
  • MT386 -- Orchestral studies

Instruction and Study

In the UCSB Library Catalog, search using the following Subject Keywords to find clarinet methods, studies, etc.  Most (but not all) instructional works with these headings are shelved under the MT classes indicated:

Clarinet Instruction and study


Clarinet Studies and exercises


Clarinet Methods


Clarinet Orchestral excerpts
(limit to Scores)
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