String Ensemble

Serov: Квартет = Quartet (1865-1911)

 

This guide is designed to help you find music for ensembles that include string instruments. Use this as a starting point, or browsing tool. As always, consult the catalogs for complete holdings information, and when uncertain, ask at the Reference Desk! Also, see the related guides for Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass, and “Chamber Music, Piano”.

 

Finding repertoire for string ensembles

 

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 or catalog.

M310-M386

M310-M314

M349-M353

M410-M486

M410-M414

M450-M454

M510-M586

M510-M514

 

M550-M554

M650-M654 

M750-M754

M850-M854

M950-M954

Trios which may include one or more string instruments

Two strings and piano

String trios

Quartets which may include one or more string instruments

Three strings and piano

String quartets

Quintets which may include one or more string instruments

Four strings and piano

[follow for sextets, septets, octets, nonets]

String quintets

String sextets

String septets

String octets

String nonets

 

Subject headings for string ensembles

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

In LP card catalog

String trios

Under “chamber music”:

String quartets

Trios (String)

String quintets

Quartets (String)

Trios

Quintets (String)

Quartets

etc.

Quintets

 

[follow for sextets, septets, octets, nonets]

 

 

Print resources for string ensemble repertoire

Baron, John H. Chamber Music: A Research and Information Guide. NY: Garland, 1987.
          Ref. ML128 .C4 B265 1987

Berger, Melvin. Guide to Chamber Music. NY: Dodd, Mead, 1985. Ref. ML1100 .B496 G946 1985

Bryden, John R. List of String Duos. Detroit: Wayne State University, 1957. Ref. ML128.C4 B916

Chamber Music Catalogue; Chamber Music, Violin and Keyboard, Cello and Keyboard, Various.
          London: BBC, 1965. Ref. ML128 .B862c

Cobbett, Walter Willson. Cobbett’s Cyclopedic Survey of Chamber Music, 2nd ed. 3 vols. London, NY:
          Oxford University Press, 1963. Ref. ML1100 .C654.2

Cohn, Arthur. The Literature of Chamber Music. 4 vols. Chapel Hill, NC: Hinshaw Music, 1997.
          Ref. ML1100 .C678 L776 1997

Farish, Margaret. String Music in Print. Philadelphia: Musicdata, 1980. Ref. ML118 .M988 M988;
          1998 suppl.: ML118 .M988 vol. 6t 1998

Horne, Aaron. String Music of Black Composers: A Bibliography. NY: Greenwood, 1991.
          Ref ML128.B45 H815 1991

Lawrence, Ian. The Twentieth-Century String Quartet: An Historical Introduction and Catalogue. Lanham,
          Md.: Scarecrow, 2001. Ref ML128.C4 L421 2001

Morrill, Dexter. The American String Quartet: A Guide to the Recordings. Hamilton, N.Y.: Chenango Valley
          Music Press, 2003. Ref. ML156.4.C4 M874 2003

Rangel-Ribeiro, Victor. Chamber Music: An International Guide to Works and Their Instrumentation. NY:
          Facts-on-File, 1993. Ref. ML128 .C4 R19 1993

Scott, William. A Conductor’s Repertory of Chamber Music: Compositions for Nine to Fifteen Solo Instruments.
          Westport: Greenwood Press, 1993. Ref. ML128 .C4 S43 1993

 

Online resources for string ensemble repertoire

In-print commercial sources (searchable)

J.W. Pepper

Theodore Front

 

 

Finding information about string ensembles

 

Grove Music Online:

Michael Tilmouth and Basil Smallman. “String trio.” Grove Music OnlineOxford Music Online.Oxford University Press,
          accessed January 14, 2014,
          http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/26967.

 

Cliff Eisen, et al. “String quartet.” Grove Music OnlineOxford Music Online. Oxford University Press,
          accessed January 14, 2014,
          http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/40899.

 

Cliff Eisen. “String quintet.” Grove Music OnlineOxford Music Online. Oxford University Press,
          accessed January 14, 2014,
          http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/26966.

 

 

Suggested call numbers for browsing in catalog or on shelf

ML128.S67

ML128.S68

ML128.S7 

ML749.5-ML760

MT259

MT728

Bibliography—String ensembles

Bibliography—String quartets

Bibliography—String instruments (General)

History and criticism—String instruments (General)

Instruction and studyBowed stringed instruments—General works

Instruction and study—Chamber music—General works

 

Selected print resources on string ensembles

Bartels, Katrin. Das Stringquintett im 19. Jahrhundert : Mit einem Notenbeiheft. Göttengin: Vandenhoeck
          & Ruprecht, 1996. ML1165 .B283 D22 1996

Parker, Mara E. String Quartets: A Research and Information Guide. 2nd ed. London: Routledge, 2011.
          Ref. ML128.S7 P242 2011

Stowell, Robin, ed. Cambridge Companion to the String Quartet. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,
          2003. ML1160 .C178 2003

 

Online resources about string ensembles 

Chamber Music America

 

 

Compiled by Phil Ponella, 7/95, Rev. 7/97; Rev. 6/99, 11/06 Jim Farrington, 1/14 Rick McRae, Jeff Weeks