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Dewey Decimal Music Classification

Please note that the Music Department used Dewey Decimal classification for items added to the collection before 1973. From then onward, our books and scores are organized using Library of Congress classification. You might have to look in both collections to find the items you are seeking.

780 Music

.1 Philosophy and Esthetics of Music
.2 Directories
.3 Dictionaries
.4 Essays
.5 Periodicals
.6 Societies
.7 Education
.8 Composers' Complete Works
.9 History, divided by countries

781 Theory of Music

.1 Mathematic and Physical
.2 Elementary and General
.3 Harmony, Modulation, Transposition
.4 Counterpoint
.5 Musical Forms
.6 Composition and Instrumentation, Musical Accompaniment
.7 Oriental Theories and Forms
.8 Greek Theories and Modes, Musical Forms
.9 Notation

782 Dramatic Music

.1 Grand Opera (English and American)
.2 Wagnerian Opera
.3 Other German Grand Opera
.4 French Grand Opera
.5 Italian Grand Opera
.56 Spanish Opera
.57 Russian Opera
.6 Musical Theatre, Opera Comique
.7 Opera Bouffe
.8 Operettas and Cantatas
.9 Pantomines, Masks, etc.

783 Sacred Music

.1 Organ and Orchestral Accompaniment
.2 Cathedral Services: Masses, Vespers, etc., Choral Service Books
.21 Communion Services, Requiems
.23 Proper of the Season: Offeratory, Sequence, Gradual, Tract
.3 Oratorios, Passion Music
.4 Anthems, Motets, Sacred Cantatas
.5 Chant: Gregorian, Anglican
.6 Choral Tunes, Carols, Christmas Songs
.7 Evangelistic: Music, Revival Songs
.8 Choir: Male Voices
.9 Congregational Singing, Psalmody, Hymnody, Hymnals

784 Vocal Music

.1 Glees, Madrigals, Rounds, Catches
.2 Arias, Cavatinas, Recitatives
.3 Ballads and Songs
.4 Popular Ballads, Folksongs, (e.g., Irish, Scotch, etc.), National Songs
.5 Festival Music
.6 College Society Songs and Choruses, Part Songs
.61 College Songs
.7 African-American Spirituals, Minstrel & Plantation Songs
.8 Collected Songs, Children's Songs
.81 Solos
.86 Choruses
.88 Collections for Female Voices
.9 Vocal Hygiene and Culture, Methods, Solfege

785 Orchestral Music/Chamber Music

.1 Symphonies
.2 Dramatic, Illustrative, and Incidental Music
.3 Nocturnes
.4 Symphonic Poems
.5 Overtures
.6 Concertos: Orchestral with Solo Instrument
.7 Chamber Music
.73 Trios
.74 Quartets
.75 Quintets
.76 Sextets
.77 Septets
.78 Octets
.79 Nonets
.8 Suites
.9 Arrangements, Transcriptions, Potpourris

786 Piano and Organ

Piano

.1 Piano History
.2 Manufacture, Tuning, Temperament
.3 Instruction
.4 Piano Music: General Collections
.41 Sonatas, Sonatinas, Rondos
.42 Fantasias, Arabesques
.43 Nocturnes and Meditations
.44 Polonaise, Polkas, Mazurkas, Marches and March Forms
.45 Dance Forms: National, Classic
.46 Modern Dance Music
.49 Arangements
.4901 Two-piano Music
.4902 Music for One Piano, 4 hands

Organ

.5 Organ History
.6 Construction, Tuning, Regulation
.7 Instruction
.8 Organ Music: General Collections
.81 Sonatas
.82 Fugues
.83 Preludes
.86 Offertories
.87 Voluntaries, Improvisations
.9 Cabinet Organ, Melodeon

787 Stringed, Bowed, and Plectral Instruments

.1 Violin
.2 Viola
.3 Cello
.4 Double Bass, Conta Bass
.5 Harp
.6 Guitar, Lute, Mandolin, etc.
.7 Banjo
.9 Zither

788 Wind Instruments

.2 Trombone
.3 Cornet and Trumpet
.41 French Horn
.43 Saxophone
.48 Tuba
.5 Flute, Piccolo, Fife
.6 Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassethorn
.7 Oboe
.8 Bassoon
.9 Recorder, Accordion

789 Percussion, Mechanical and Electronic Instruments

.1 Drums
.5 Bells: Chimes, Carillon
.9 Other Mechanical and Electronic Instruments

800+ Librettos, Song Texts, Literary References in Music

92(0) Musician/Composer Biographies

927 Collective Biographies