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The State University of New York at FredoniaReed Library

Music Composition: Library of Congress (LC) Call Numbers

About the Library of Congress Classification System

SUNY Fredonia uses the Library of Congress Classification System (LCC) to assign call numbers to most print materials--books, periodicals, and music scores.

The Library of Congress Classification System is divided into large subject areas which are called "classes." All classes--and subclasses--begin with one, two, or three letters followed by a number which represents more specific aspects of a subject.

This page shows you how to read a call number and lists call number ranges for music composition materials.

Locating Books in Reed Library

Books on music composition can be found under classes ML and MT:

LC Call Numbers Description
ML93 → 96.5 Manuscript studies and manuscripts
ML112.8 → 158.8 Bibliography
ML159 → 3785 History and Criticism
ML3797 → 3799.5 Musical Research
ML3800 → 3923 Philosophical and societal aspects of music. Physics and acoustics of music. Physiological aspects of music
MT35 → 39 Notation
MT40 → 67 Composition / Elements and Techniques of Music
MT68 Improvisation / Accompaniment / Transposition
MT70 → 74 Instrumentation and Orchestration
MT90 → 146 Analysis and Appreciation of Musical Works

The music collection is located on the second floor of Reed Library.

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