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Music Library Guide

This guide gathers together the core resources for initiating and supporting your research in music available to the Tulane community.

Core Terminology


Autograph Score: A manuscript written in the handwriting of the composer (as opposed to a copyist's hand).

Critical Edition (Sometimes called Scholarly Edition): This edition is edited by one or more expert authorities. These expert authorities are typically scholars associated with a university but they may also be independent scholars. Their area of expertise is typically on that composer, the musical time period, or both.

The goal of a critical edition is to represent the composer's original intentions as closely as possible. This is achieved through close study of manuscripts, autograph scores, first editions, related correspondence, and sometimes first hand accounts of early performances.

Performing or Practical Edition: These editions are intended for use by performers. While they may be based on a critical edition, they may also have additional bowings, breath marks, pedaling, and other performance marks provided by editors. Editors of performance scores are typically well-known performers of that instrument.

Facsimile Edition: This is a duplication of the manuscript score. In some cases, these are exceedingly high quality and seek to replicate the original all the way down to paper shape and binding. In other cases, they are quality photocopies of scores that haven't been typeset; this is increasingly common for contemporary works.


Mini Score, Miniature Score, Pocket Score: These are three ways to refer to the same type of score. They're small size makes them easy to carry and transport around. Print size is reduced to make it possible.

Full Score: This type includes all the parts written out in full and in their original instrumentation.

Reduction: This type of score takes many instruments and reduces them into one or two instruments. For example, an opera or musical is often reduced to voice with piano; an orchestral work is often reduced to piano four-hands (2 pianos).

Piano-Vocal Score: This is a type of reduction used for arias excerpted from operas as well as musical theatre sets. The vocal line is the main voice part while all the other instruments have been reduced to be performed by piano.

Score + Parts: The score shows all the individual voices together, and the parts are used by individual performers. These are typical of ensemble works such as piano trios, quartets, and similar small ensembles, as well as for solo works with piano.

Fakebook: A collection of music from popular Western genres, such as jazz, R&B, and pop music. They typically include the melodic line fully written out with more abbreviated notation for the rest of the instruments. Sometimes they only additional notations are guitar tab and/or the chord names, enable the musicians to learn their parts more easily from ear or improvise.

Lead Sheet: Common to jazz music, these include the main melodic line, lyrics if there are any, and the basic harmonic structure.

Finding Repertoire

In addition to simply browsing the online and physical collections, the resources identified here can be used to surface music that perfectly fits your need.

  • Books at ML128: Books providing extensive repertoire lists by instrument, ensemble type, and even region.

E-Scores for Study & Performance

This short video offers a quick overview of the strengths of each our subscription e-score databases.


Physical Scores for Study & Performance

Each tab provides ranges of call numbers you can browse on the shelves for specific types of music for each instrument. You will also find a few recommended books on performance style and about the history of each instrument. 
All books in the M, ML, and MT call number range are located on the 6th floor.

Method Books

Etudes & Exercises: MT405

Methods: MT402

Orchestral studies & Excerpts: MT406


Performance Pieces

Bassoon & piano, collections (including sonatas, suites, etc.): M253

Bassoon & piano, individual works: M254

Concertos: M1027

Solo pieces: M75-M79

Bibliographies of Bassoon Music

Books About the Bassoon

Books on Performance Style

Method Books

Etudes & Exercises: MT305

Methods: MT302

Orchestral Studies & Excerpts: MT306

Technique (bowing, hand position, chords, harmonics, etc.): MT307-310


Performance Pieces

Collections for cello & piano: M230

Concertos: M1017

Solo pieces: M50-54

Sonatas: M231

Suites: M232

Bibliographies of Cello Music

Books on Performance Style

About the Cello

Method Books

Etudes & Exercises: MT385

Methods: MT382

Orchestral Studies & Excerpts: MT386-392.4


Performance Pieces

Clarinet (basset, alto, and bass) & piano collections (including sonatas, suites, etc.): M248-252

Concertos: M1025

Solo Pieces: M70-74

Bibliographies of Music

Books on Performance Style

About the Clarinet

Method Books

Studies & Exercises: MT330

Methods: MT322

Orchestral Studies & Excerpts: MT320


Performance Pieces

Collections for bass & piano: M237

Works for bass & piano (including sonatas, suites, etc.): M238

Solo pieces: M55-58

Concertos: M1018

About the Bass

Books on Performance Style

Method Books

Etudes & Exercises: MT345

Methods: MT342

Orchestral Studies & Excerpts: MT346

Piccolo Etudes & Exercises: MT357


Performance Pieces

Flute & Piano: M240-244

Concertos: M1021

Solo pieces: M60-64

Bibliographies of Music

About the Flute

Books on Performance Style

Method Books

Etudes & Exercises: MT425

Methods: MT422

Orchestral Studies & Excerpts: MT426


Performance Pieces

Horn & Piano: M255-259

Concertos: M1029

Solo Pieces: M80-84

About the French Horn

Books on Performance Style

Method Books

Etudes & Exercises: MT585

Methods: MT582

Self-Instruction: MT588


Performance Pieces

Guitar & Piano: M277

Concertos: M1037.4 .G8

Solo pieces: M125-129

Bibliographies of Music

Books About the Guitar

Books on Performance Style

Method Books

Etudes & Exercises: MT545

Methods: MT542

Orchestral Studies & Excerpts: MT546


Performance Pieces

Harp & Piano: M273

Concertos: M1036

Solo Pieces: M115-119

Bibliographies of Harp Music

Books About the Harp

Books on Performance Style

Method Books

Etudes & Exercises: MT365

Methods: MT362

Orchestral Studies & Excerpts: MT366


Performance Pieces

Oboe & piano collections: M245

Oboe & piano: M246

Concertos: M1023

Solo pieces: M65-69

Bibliographies of Oboe Music

About the Oboe

Books on Performance Style

Method Books

General studies: MT655

Drums: MT662

Marimba: MT719.3

Timpani: MT660


Performance Pieces

Percussion & Piano: M285.P4

Xylophone, marimba, or vibraphone & piano: M285.X9

Concertos: M1038

Solo pieces for drums: M146

Solo pieces for xylophone, marimba, or vibraphone: M175.X6

About Percussion

Books on Performance Style

Method Books

Methods: MT222

Studies & Exercises: MT225-236


Performance Pieces

Piano solo collections: M20

Solos for piano: M23-25

Piano three hands: M198

Piano four hands: M200

Concertos: M1011

Bibliographies of Piano Music

About the Piano

Books on Performance Style

Method Books

Etudes & Exercises: MT505

Methods: MT502

Orchestral Studies & Excerpts: MT506


Performance Pieces

Saxophone & Piano: M269

Solo classical & jazz: M105-109

Concertos: M1034.S4

About the Saxophone

Books on Performance Style

Method Books

Etudes & Exercises: MT465

Methods: MT462

Orchestral Studies & Excerpts: MT466


Performance Pieces

Trombone & Piano: M263

Solo Pieces: M90-94

Concertos: M1033

About the Trombone

Books on Performance Style

Method Books

Etudes & Exercises: MT445

Methods: MT442

Orchestral Studies & Excerpts: MT446


Performance Pieces

Trumpet & Piano: M261

Solo Pieces: M85-89

Concertos: M1031

About the Trumpet

Books on Performance Style

Method Books

Etudes & Exercises: MT485

Methods: MT482

Orchestral Studies & Excerpts: MT466


Performance Pieces

Tuba & Piano: M265

Solo Pieces: M95-99

Concertos: M1034.T8

Books on Performance Style

Method Books

Etudes & Exercises: MT285

Methods: MT282

Orchestral Studies & Excerpts: MT286

Technique: M287-291


Performance Pieces

Collections for Viola & Piano: M226-228

Concertos: M1015

Solo Pieces: M45-49

Bibliographies of Viola Music

About the Viola

Books on Performance Style

Method Books

Etudes & Exercises: MT265

Fiddle Methods: MT279.5

Methods: MT262

Technique: MT267-271

Orchestral Studies & Excerpts: MT266


Performance Pieces

Collections for Violin & Piano: M218

Concertos: M1013

Solo Pieces: M40-44

Sonatas: M219

Suites: M220

Music Bibliographies for Violin

About the Violin

Books on Performance Style

Method Books

Etudes & Exercises: MT885

Methods: MT825

Choral Singing: MT875

Special Techniques: MT855-883


Performance Pieces

Collections of Arias & Musical Theatre Songs: M1507-1509

Secular duets & trios: M1529

Secular art songs: M1612

Sacred duets & trios: M2019

Sacred songs and arias: M2144

Bibliographies of Music for Voice

About the Voice

Books on Performance Style

Explore the "So You Want to Sing" series for genre-specific style techniques. Coverage includes musical theatre, jazz, blues, spirituals, chamber music, early music, and more.

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