Large Ensemble

This guide is designed to help you find music for instrumental ensembles of more than nine players. Use this as a
starting point, or browsing tool. As always, consult Voyager and the catalogs for complete holdings information, and
when uncertain, ask at the Reference Desk!

Suggested Call Numbers for Shelf Browsing
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 Voyager.

M1000-M1075 Orchestra music
M1001 Symphonies
M1002 Symphonic Poems
M1003 Suites
M1004 Overtures, preludes, etc.
M1010-M1041 Solo Concertos with orchestra
M1042 Concertos for orchestra
M1045 Orchestra pieces (general)
M1046-M1049, Dances
M1060 Arrangements of non-orchestra music
for orchestra
M1100-M1160 String orchestra music
Subdivided as M1000-M1060
M1200-M1269 Wind ensemble music
M1201 Symphonies
M1203 Suites
M1204 Overtures
M1205-M1206 Concertos
M1245 Wind ensemble pieces (general)
M1254-M1266 Arrangements
M1366 Jazz ensembles

Suggested Subject Headings
Below are examples of some useful subject headings for use in Voyager and the Card Catalog. For complete listings
of headings, consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings (red books).

Headings for Voyager Headings for Subject Catalog
Orchestral music Instrumental music—collections
Symphonies Orchestral music
Concertos Chamber orchestra music
Symphonic poems String orchestra music
Overtures Band Music
Band music Ballets
Wind ensembles

Internet Resources (American Symphony Orchestra League) (International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians) (AFM Symphonic Services Division) (List of orchestra homepages) (List of bands, wind ensembles) (The World of Wind Ensembles and Symphonic Bands) 


Akos, Katherine, et al. Facing the maestro : a musician’s guide to orchestral audition repertoire.
Washington, D.C. : American Symphony Orchestra League, c1983. Ref. ML128.O64 F141 1983
Aronowsky, Solomon. Performing times of orchestral works. London, E. Benn, 1959. Ref. ML128.O64
Band music guide : alphabetical listing of titles and composers of all band music. 9th ed. Northfield, Ill. :
Instrumentalist Co., c1989. Ref. ML128.B21 B49M 1989
Creasap, Susan D. American women composers of band music : a biographical dictionary and catalogue
of works. Thesis (D.A.) Ball State University, 1996. Ref. ML106.U3 C912 1996a
Daniels, David. Orchestral music : a handbook, 3rd ed. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1996. Ref.
ML128.05 D186 1996
The Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music in the Free Library of Philadelphia : a cumulative
catalog, 1929-1977. Boston : G. K. Hall, c1979. Ref. ML136.P544 F84
Famera, Karen, et al. Catalog of the American Music Center Library. Vol. 3 : music for orchestra, band
and large ensemble. New York : The Center, 1982. Ref. ML128.O5 A512
Farish, Margaret. Orchestral music in print. Master index 1994. Philadelphia : Musicdata, 1994. Ref.
ML118 .M988 v.5x, 1994
Koshgarian, Richard. American orchestral music : a performance catalog. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow
Press, 1992. Ref. ML128.O5 K86 1992
Kreines, Joseph. Music for concert band : a selective annotated guide to band literature. Tampa, Fla. :
Florida Music Service, 1989. Ref. ML128.B21 K92 1989
Orchestral catalogue. London : British Broadcasting Corporation, 1982. Ref. ML128.B862 O64 1982
Rasmussen, Richard Michael. Recorded concert band music, 1950-1987 : a selected, annotated listing.
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c1988. Ref. ML156.4.B3 R225 1988
Rehrig, William H. and Paul E. Bierley. The heritage encyclopedia of band music : composers and their
music. Westerville, Ohio : Integrity Press, c1991. Ref. ML128.B21 R345 1991
Renshaw, Jeffrey H. The American Wind Symphony commissioning project : a descriptive catalog of
published editions, 1957-1991. New York : Greenwood Press, 1991.


Boombah Herald ML1 .B724
Instrumentalist ML1 .I59
International Musician Film 1832 (Paper copy retained until film arrives)
Journal of Band Research ML1 .J86B
Das Orchester ML5 .O63
Symphony ML1 .A512Sy

Compiled by Jim Farrington, 7/99