Renoir: The Spanish Guitarist (1897)


This guide is designed to help you find information about, and music for, the guitar. 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 Guitar 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.

M125-M129 Guitar alone
M276-M277 Guitar with piano accompaniment
M282-M283 Works for balalaika, domra etc. with piano
M292-M293 Duets–two plectral instruments
M294-M295 Duets–with one string instrument
M296-M297 Duets–with one wind instrument
M1037.4 Concertos with orchestra
M1137.4 Concertos with string orchestra
MT580-MT588 Studies and methods
MT801.G8 Studies and methods, children
Guitar gift Miscellaneous guitar works not yet cataloged

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

guitar* music

guitar and [flute, piano etc.]

guitar with [band, orchestra etc.]

guitar music guitars 2

sonatas guitar

concertos guitar

concertos guitar solo with piano

plectral ensembles

quartets guitar

quintets guitar

[follow for sextets, septets, octets, nonets]

Under “guitar”:



solos with ensembles




Under “chamber music”:

duets: guitar

trios: guitar, etc.

* “Lute”, “balalaika”, etc. may also be used in place of “guitar”.


Print resources for guitar repertoire

Gilmore, George. Guitar Music Index: A Cross-Indexed and Graded Listing of Music in Print for Classical Guitar & Lute.
          Honolulu: Galliard Press, 1976. Ref. ML128 .G9 G486

Jape, Mijndert. Classical Guitar Music in Print. Philadelphia: Musicdata, Inc., 1989. Ref. ML118 .M988 vol.7, 1989
          (1998 suppl. ML118.M988 vol.7s 1998)

Litterll, David A., ed. String Sylabus (vol. 2, 1997). Bloomington, IN: American String Teachers Association, 1997.
          Ref. ML132.H3 A5 1997

Lyons, David B. Lute, Vihuela, Guitar to 1800: A Bibliography. Detroit: Information Coordinators, 1978.
          Ref. ML128 .L88 L991

McCutcheon, Meredith Alice. Guitar and Vihuela: An Annotated Bibliography. NY: Pendragon, 1985.
          Ref. ML128 .G9 M133 1985

Purcell, Ronald C. and Darien S. Mann. Guitar Music Collection of Vahdah Olcott-Bickford. Northridge: Music Library
           of California State University, Northridge: International Guitar Research Archive, 1991-.
          Ref. ML128 .G9 G96 1991

Smith, Dorman H., and Laurie Eagleson. Guitar and Lute Music in Periodicals: An Index. Berkeley: Fallen Leaf Press, 1990.
          Ref. ML128 .G9 S645 1990

Torpp Larsson, Jytte. Catalogue of the Rischel and Birket-Smith Collection of Guitar Music in the Royal Library of
          Copenhagen. Columbus : Editions Orphee, 1989. Ref. ML136 .C78 K82 T6 1989


Online resources for guitar repertoire

In-print commercial sources (searchable)

J.W. Pepper

Theodore Front


Finding Information about the Guitar

Grove Music Online:

Turnbull, Harvey, et al. “Guitar.” Grove Music OnlineOxford Music Online. Oxford University Press,
          accessed December 31, 2013,


Suggested call numbers for browsing the shelves or our catalog








Guitar bibliographies

Lute bibliographies

Books about the lute

Books about the guitar

Studies and methods for guitar and guitar family

Studies and methods for lute

Studies and methods for guitar, children


Selected print resources on the guitar

Chaîné, Jacques, comp. The Orphée Data-Base of Guitar Records. Columbus: Editions Orphée, 1990.
          Ref. ML156.4.G96 C4 1990

Noad, Frederick M. The Virtual Guitarist: Hardware, Software, and Websites for The Guitar. NY: Schirmer, 1998.
          Ref. ML1015.G9 N739 1998

Purcell, Ron. Classic Guitar, Lute, and Vihuela Discography. Melville, NY: Belwin-Mills, 1976. ML156.4.I58 P98

Rezits, Joseph. The Guitarist’s Resource Guide: Guitar Music in Print and Books on the Art of Guitar. San Diego:
          Pallma Music, 1983. Ref. ML128 .G9 R467 1983

Schwarz, Werner. Guitar Bibliography: An International Listing of Theoretical Literature on Classical Guitar from
          the Beginning to the Present. Munchen: K.G. Saur, 1984. Ref. ML128 .G9 S411 1984

Summerfield, Maurice J. The Classical Guitar : Its Evolution and Players Since 1800, 2nd ed. Newcastle-upon-Tyne:
          Ashley Mark, 1991. Ref. ML399 .S955 C6 1991



Classical Guitar ML5 .C614
Early Music ML5 .E12
The Galpin Society Journal ML5 .G178
Guitar & Lute ML1 .G9677L
Guitar Player ML1 .G968P
Guitar Review ML1 .G968
Il fronimo ML5 .F933
Journal of the Lute Society of America ML1 .L973
Performance Practice Review ML430.5 .P438 or here
Soundboard ML1 .S724

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

Guitar Foundation of America
The Guitarists Network


Compiled by Phil Ponella, 7/95, Rev. 7/97; Rev. 6/99, 9/04 by Jim Farrington; Rev. 11/03 by R. McCallum; Rev. 1/14 by Jeff Weeks