A thematiccatalogue is an index to a group of musical compositions that incorporates citations of their opening notes (incipits), or principal melodic features (themes), or both. These citations may be given in various forms, such as conventional notes, neumes, tablatures, syllables, numbers, letters or computer codes.
-Barry S Brook, in Grove Music Online
Thematic catalogs of classical music are located in the Music Library, in the general call number area of ML134, in the scores section of the facility. The exception to this is one of the thematic cataloges for the works of Vivaldi, which is located in the Music Library Reference section, due to the helpful tables it contains and the complexity of finding an exact piece by the composer.
The 4th edition 2 volume anthology is the companion set of scores for the compact disc set of the same title (CD 3961 and CD 3962). The 6th edition is kept in the music library behind the service desk to assure that a copy is always available and is the companion set of scores for the compact disc set of the same title (CD 7020, CD 7021 and CD 7022). Previous editions are found in Ablah Library, 2nd floor.
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A catalog of manuscript and printed music from 1600 forward. In 3 series (sections) and well over 40 volumes, the structure of the work is as follows: Series AI: printed music, Series AII: manuscript music, Series B: a systematic approach, often with thematic subjects such as theory in the Arab world, etc., and Series C: music libraries of the world. RISM is also online at: http://www.rism.info/en/home.html
Call Number: REF ML128.I65 B3 1975 in Music Library and Ablah Library
An index to over 10,000 themes of instrumental music, with musical incepits for identification. Transpose the theme in question to the key of “C” major or minor and match the letters of the notes to the letter sequence in the back of the book, which acts as an index to the themes listed by composer in the main portion of the book. Can’t remember that tune, but you can hum it? This is a good place to look. A second copy is available to check out from Ablah Library, second floor.
In 2 volumes, volume I covers works reviewed from 1983-1985, while volume II covers works reviewed from 1986-1988. Works are listed by title, with coded information about voicing, level of difficulty, vocal range, language, level of accompaniment, duration, sources for extended reviews, the general nature of the review and etc.. These volumes also contain particularly useful indexes by composer, arranger, editor, use/special purpose, level of difficulty, voicing, and accompanying instruments.
Call Number: REF ML128.S3 D37 in Music Library and in Ablah Library
This is a set of indices bound together in a single volume to art songs and arias, folk songs, carols and sea chanties, found in collections published from approximately 1940-1957. When looking up the song/aria title, make sure you are looking in the correct index section by consulting the table of contents. A second copy is available to check out from Ablah Library, second floor.
This 2 volume work indexes songs in over 2000 collections, of all genres. The 2nd volume provides an index by composer and a listing of operas, musicals, movies and etc., with their associated song titles. This work is handy for its coverage of more recently published collections than the DeCharms, "Songs in Collections."
This is another source for finding information about a work when only the popular title, nickname or subtitle is known. Provided here are brief entries with the work’s proper title, composer and the story behind the popular designation. Both 1st and 2nd editions are is located in the Music Library Reference section.
This resource identifies the proper title of a work and it’s composer from a known popular title or nickname. It also provides alternative titles and arrows indicating the title under which a work is most likely to be found in library catalogs and other reference sources.
Also known as the “up-down book,” this volume attempts to answer the question: “What is the name of that tune” by translating the opening melody to a directional pattern. In 3 sections covering classical tunes, popular tunes and national anthems, if you can hum it and its listed here, you can find it.
Call Number: REF ML128.S3 S31 1966 in Music Library
Though this is primarily an index of art songs, this also covers anthologies of folk songs, sea chanteys, Christmas carols, sacred songs and school/college songs. Be sure to check both the main section as well as the supplement section, though both are bound together. An additional copy is found in Ablah Library, 2nd floor.
Call Number: REF ML128.W4 G6 1992 in Music Library and Online
This index to 191 vocal and instrumental collections was compiled specifically to access music suitable for weddings. Find titles or first lines, works by composer or works by instrument. An electronic copy is available through the electronic catalog.
This is an index to the solo songs composed by Robert Schumann as found in the Werke (on microform in the Ablah Library Reserves section, call number M3.S393 1969) and to five additional art song anthologies.
Call Number: NX80.R66 1986 in Ablah Library, 2nd floor
Titles of artistic creations (plays, novels, films, musical works, paintings, and etc.), characters (historical and mythical), biblical personages, historical events and geographical names, are here given in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian, with cross-indices in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian.
Call Number: REF ML128.V7 B3 1950a in Music Library
Can’t remember that tune, but you can hum it? This is a good place to look. This is a listing of musical incipits for identification. To use the notation index, transpose the theme to the key of “C” major or minor and match the letters of the notes, match the letter sequence in the back of the book, which acts as an index to the themes listed, by composer in the main portion of the book.
Call Number: REF ML128.P3 F87 1982 in Music Library
The first portion of this work lists works arranged under composer, with a number designation for the collection in which they are contained. The second portion presents a listing of anthologies with their contents. If only the title of a work is know, an index provides access by title.
Call Number: REF ML128.O5 S95 1986 in Music Library
This volume is an index to the set of sixty volumes entitled The Symphony 1720-1840, found under various call numbers in the score section of the Music Library. Entries contain incipits, listing of movements, instrumentation, dates and sources.
These 2 volumes contain music and words (transliteration and English translations) to national anthems of the world. More recent than National Anthems of the World, this also contains quick country facts and sometimes notes with historical background. For copies of national anthems to check out see also National Anthems of the World M1627.N269, in the scores section of the Music Library.
This is a listing of hymns by title with meter markings, melodic phrase in letter notation, composer/source, date of composition or appearance in print, alternative names and notes on history or background, with indices for melodies and first lines.
Find here entries for those artists or groups having only one top 40 hit recording. This covers only the 1950s through the 1980s, with entries providing song title, date, ranking of the hit, label number, brief biographical information and updates to 1990.