Gris: Violin and Guitar (1913)

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












Violin solo

Violin 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

violin music

violin and [cello, horn etc.]

violin with [band, orchestra etc.]

violin music violins 2

sonatas violin

concertos violin

concertos violin solo with piano

string trios; trios 

string quartets; quartets

string quintets; quintets

[follow for sextets, septets, octets, nonets]

Under “violin”:



          solos with ensembles




 Under “chamber music”: 

          duets: violin

          trios: violin, etc. 


Print resources for violin repertoire

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

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

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

Katz, Mark. The Violin: A Research and Information Guide. NY: Routledge, 2006.
          Ref. ML128.V4 K19 2006 

Letz, Hans. Music for the Violin and Viola. NY: Rinehart, 1948. Ref. ML132 .V79 L65 

Mercan, Peter. Music for Solo Violin Unaccompanied; A Performer’s Guide to The
          Published Literature of The Seventeenth, Eighteenth, Nineteenth and Twentieth
          Centuries. High Wycombe, Bucks, England: P. Marcan Publications, 1983.
          Ref. ML128 .V7 M313 1983 

Toskey, Burnett R. Concertos for Violin and Viola: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia.
          Seattle: B.R. Toskey, 1983. Ref. ML128.V4 T7 1983 

Wilkins, Wayne. The Index of Violin Music. Magnolia, AR: Music Register, 1972.
          Ref. ML128 .V4 W685 


Online resources for viola repertoire

In-print commercial sources (searchable)

J.W. Pepper

Theodore Front


Finding information about the violin

Grove Music Online:

Boyden, David D. et al. “Violin.” Grove Music OnlineOxford Music Online. Oxford University Press,
          accessed January 7, 2014,



Suggested call numbers for browsing the shelves or our catalog





Violin bibliographies

Books about the violin

Studies and methods

Studies and methods, children


Selected print resources on the violin

Bachmann, Alberto. An Encyclopedia of the Violin. Introduction by Eugene Ysaÿe. Preface by
          Stuart Canin. New York: Da Capo Press, 1966. Ref. ML800 .B12 1966 

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

Boyden, David Dodge. The History of Violin Playing, From Its Origins to 1761 and Its Relationship
          to The Violin And Violin Music. London, New York : Oxford University Press, 1965.
          ML850 .B789h 

Creighton, James. Discopaedia of the Violin, 1889-1971. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1974.
          Ref. ML156.4.V4 C914 1974 

Drees, Stefan, ed. Lexikon der Violine: Baugeschichte, Spielpraxis, Komponisten und ihre Werke, 
          Interpreten. Laaber: Laaber-Verlag, 2004. Ref. ML102.V4 D77 2004 

Katz, Mark. The Violin: A Research and Information Guide. NY: Routledge, 2006.
          Ref. ML128.V4 K19 2006 

Leipp, Emile. The Violin; History, Aesthetics, Manufacture, and Acoustics [translated by Hildegarde
          W. Parry] Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1969. ML800 .L531VE

Rostal, Max. Handbook of Violin Playing: A vade-mecum for Students and Professionals. Bern: 
          Musikverlag Müller & Schade, 2004. 

The Strad Directory. London: Orpheus, 2003. Ref. ML800 .S995 

Related works may be found by searching the subject: violin.




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
Catgut Acoustical Society Journal ML755 .C359
Violin Society of America Journal  ML1 .A512SV 

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

American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers
Catgut Acoustical Society
Violin Society of America
The Strad


Compiled by P. Ponella, 7/95, Rev. 7/97; Rev. 9/98-11/08 Jim Farrington; Rev. 11/03 Rebecca McCallum; Rev. Jeff Weeks, 1/14