Eakins: The Cello Player (1896)

This guide is designed to help you find information about, and music for, the cello. Use this as a starting point, or browsing tool. As always, consult our catalog for complete holdings information, and when uncertain, ask at the Reference Desk!

Finding Cello Repertoire

Suggested call numbers for browsing the shelves or our catalog

Below are general call number ranges. For specific call numbers, consult the Library of Congress Classification Schedule in the blue book at the Reference Desk, and/or our catalog.













Cello solo

Cello with piano accompaniment 

Duets—two string instruments 

Duets—wind and string instruments 

Concertos with orchestra 

Concertos with orchestra (arranged) 

Concertos with string orchestra 

Concertos with string orchestra (arranged) 


Studies and methods 

Orchestral excerpts 

Studies and methods, children

For trios, quartets and other ensembles, see the Chamber Music guide.


Suggested Subject Headings

Below are examples of some useful subject headings for use in our catalog. For
complete listings of headings, consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings (red books).

Headings for our catalog

Headings for Subject Catalog

cello music

cello and [viola, horn etc.]

cello with [band, orchestra etc.]

cello music violoncellos 2

sonatas cello

concertos cello

concertos cello solo with piano

string trios; trios 

string quartets; quartets

string quintets; quintets

[follow for sextets, septets, octets, nonets]

Under “violoncello”:



          solos with ensembles




 Under “chamber music”: 

          duets: violoncello 

          trios: violoncello, etc. 


Print resources for cello repertoire

De Rungs, Maria. Cello Syllabus. Napa, CA: Motty’s Olde Colony Press, 1970. Ref. ML132 .V5 D43

De Smet, Robin. Published Music for The Viola Da Gamba and Other Viols. Detroit: Information
          Coordinators, 1971. Ref. ML128 .S7 D463

Farish, Margaret. 20th Century Music for Young String Students. Evanston, IL: Plandanco, 1992-. Ref.
          ML132.S7 F228

String music in print. Philadelphia: Musicdata, 1980. Ref. ML118 .M988 1998
          Supplement: ML118.M988 vol.6t 1998

Homuth, Donald. Cello Music Since 1960: A Bibliography of Solo, Chamber, & Orchestral Works for the
          Solo Cellist. Berkeley: Fallen Leaf Press, 1994. Ref. ML128 .V5 H76 1994

Hurley, C. Gregory. String Syllabus (Vol. 1). S.l.: American String Teachers Association, 2003.
          Ref. ML132.V4 A5 2003

Iotti, Oscar Raoul. Violin and Violoncello in Duo Without Accompaniment, By Oscar R. Iotti Based on
          The Work by Alexander Feinland. Detroit: Information Coordinators, 1972. Ref. ML128 .V4 I64

Kenneson, Claude. Bibliography of Cello Ensemble Music. Detroit: Information Coordinators, 1974.
          Ref. ML128 .V5 K36

Markevitch, Dimitry. The Solo Cello: A Bibliography of The Unaccompanied Violoncello Literature.
          Berkeley: Fallen Leaf Press, 1989. Ref. ML128 .V5 M345 1989

Nogué, Édouard. La Littérature du Violoncelle: Choix De Morceaux Classés et Annotés par Édouard
          Nogué. Paris: Delegrave, 1925. Ref. ML128 .V796N


Online resources for cello repertoire

In-print commercial sources (searchable)

J.W. Pepper

Theodore Front


Finding information about the cello

Grove Music Online:

Bonta, Stephen, et al. “Violoncello.” In Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online,
          (accessed December 31, 2013).


Suggested call numbers for browsing the shelves or our catalog




MT 785-798

Cello bibliographies

Books about the cello

Studies and methods

Studies and methods, children


Selected print resources on the cello

Berman, Joel, et al. Dictionary of Bowing and Pizzicato Terms. 4th ed. [Bloomington]: American String
          Teachers Association, 1999. Ref. ML108.B516 D5 1999

Cowling, Elizabeth. The Cello. NY: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1983. ML910 .C875 C3 1983

Related works may be found by searching the subjects: cello, cello–history.



American Lutherie ML1.G954 A5
American String Teacher 
ML1 .A512S
Galpin Society Journal ML5 .G178
American Suzuki Journal  MT262 .A512
Instrumentalist  ML1 .I59
International Musician  Current Periodicals, Microforms of older issues: Film 1832
Journal of the Viola da Gamba Society of America  ML1 .V7
Das Orchester  ML5 .O63
Performance Practice Review  ML430.5 .P438 or here
Strad  ML5 .S895
Strings  ML750 .S91
Violexchange ML756 .V79

Current issues of periodicals are found alphabetically in the current periodicals room (third floor). For call numbers of older, bound issues, look in the Sibley Library Serials list (found on quick reference shelves).


Internet Resources

Internet Cello Society
Cello Classics
Cello Music Collections (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)


Compiled by P. Ponella, 7/95, Rev. 7/97; Rev. 6/99-11/08 by J. Farrington; Rev. 11/03 by R. McCallum; Rev. 1/14 by J. Weeks