In Melvyl, UCSB students and faculty can request books and scores from other UC campuses, including items held by UCSB but checked out. Look for this button:
Requests normally arrive in 3-5 days and may be picked up at the UCSB Library.
To search for articles on keyboard literature, use the following databases:
When you find an article you want but you don't see a direct link to it, don't give up! Click the UC-eLinks icon:
Below is a selective bibliography of reference sources on keyboard literature, history, and pedagogy. Most of these books are in the reference section of the music library (Ref).
Dubal, David. The Art of the Piano: Its Performers, Literature, and Recordings. 3rd ed. Ref ML105 .D8 2004
Bedford, Frances. Harpsichord and Clavichord Music of the Twentieth Century. Ref ML128 .H35 B39 1993
Comeau, Gilles. Piano Pedagogy: A Research and Information Guide. Ref ML128 .P3 C66 2009
Gustafson, Bruce. A Catalogue of French Harpsichord Music, 1699-1780. ML128 .H35 G75 1990
Hinson, Maurice. Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire. 4th ed. Ref ML128 .P3 H5 2014
Hinson, Maurice. Music for Piano and Orchestra: An Annotated Guide. Ref ML128 .P3 H53 1993
Hinson, Maurice. The Pianist's Bookshelf: A Practical Guide to Books, Videos, and Other Resources. ML128 .P3 H534 1998
Hinson, Maurice. The Pianist's Dictionary. Ref ML102 .P5 H46 2004
Hinson, Maurice. The Pianist's Guide to Transcriptions, Arrangements, and Paraphrases. Ref ML128 .P3 H536 1990
Hinson, Maurice. The Piano in Chamber Ensemble: An Annotated Guide. 2d ed. Ref ML128 .C4 H5 2006
Palmieri, Robert, ed. Encyclopedia of Keyboard Instruments. 3 vols. Ref ML102 .K5 E53 1994
Palmieri, Robert. Piano Information Guide: An Aid to Research. Ref ML128 .P3 P34 1989
Finding keyboard music
Piano, four hands
Solo with string orchestra
Solo with full orchestra
Solo with string orchestra
For biographies of pianists and books on keyboard construction, literature, and interpretation, call numbers begin with ML. Pedagogical works, including studies and exercises, have call number that begin with MT.
Browsing in Library Search
You can also browse the library's scores and books by call number using the Browse Search. From the library homepage, select "Browse Search" under the main search bar. Or, from the Advanced Search page, click the word "Browse" at the top of the screen.
Select the "Library of Congress Call Number" option from the dropdown menu.
Type one of the M, ML, or MT numbers above into the search box.
Finding specific scores and recordings
To find a specific title for a musical work, always use Advanced Search.
Click "Resources in the Library." Then type in the composer and title, and select Scores or Audio Visual from the "Types of Material" dropdown menu:
You can use Author searching not only for authors and composers but also for performers and ensembles:
To find a work with a generic title, such as sonata or concerto:
When you get the results, click on the one that seems closest to your search. In this case, the closest result is "The complete piano sonatas" by Franz Schubert:
Next, choose the preferred edition or result from among the different "versions:"
If works by other composers come up in the results, use the menu on the left-hand side to limit composer results again:
Still stumped? Final tips:
Replace piano with other keyboard instruments to find books on those instruments.
To find materials related to piano pedagogy:
See also: Gilles Comeau, Piano Pedagogy: A Research and Information Guide (New York: Routledge, 2009). Ref ML128 .P3 C66 2009
Includes Grove Music Online, the most extensive and authoritative English-language music encyclopedia available. Provides detailed work lists for composers and extensive bibliographies.
The Music Library has nearly 16,000 CDs and over 27,000 LPs. You can listen to any of these in the library's listening rooms over stereo speakers. Use the UCSB Library Catalog to find the CDs or LPs you want, and then request them at the Music Service Desk.
You can also listen to thousands of recordings from these databases:
Have you noticed that musical works very often have two titles in the UCSB Library Catalog? The one in square brackets is called a "uniform title":
In library catalogs, most musical works each have a unique, standardized uniform title. Whereas the title of the same work can vary on different scores and recordings, its uniform title in library catalogs is always the same. Therefore, if you know a little bit about uniform titles, you can use them to search for music more effectively.
To lean more, see the tutorial Using Uniform Titles from the music library at Indiana University.
In library catalogs, musical works each have a unique, standardized preferred title (also known as "uniform title"). Whereas the title of a work can vary on different scores and recordings, its preferred title in library catalogs is always the same. Therefore, if you know a little bit about preferred titles, you can use them to search more effectively.
For example, the uniform title Mozart's first piano concerto is:
Uniform titles are indexed in our catalog record. That's why it's helpful to use "sonatas" or "concertos" as a title when searching for a sonata or a concerto.
To learn more, see the tutorial "Using Preferred Titles" from the Cook Music Library, Indiana University.