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Harpsichord Music

Classification Numbers for Harpsichord Music

M20–M39   Harpsichord alone:
 M20  Collections, mixed (original works and arrangements; two or more composers)
 M21  Collections: original works, two or more composers
 M22  Collections: original works, one composer
 M23  Sonatas
 M24  Suites
 M25  Pieces
 M27  Variations
 M28  Marches
 M30  Dances—general
 M31  Dances—duple meter (polka, etc.)
 M32  Dances—triple meter (waltz, etc.)
 M32.8  Arrangements: collections
 M35  Arrangements: orchestral music
 M38  Arrangements: chamber music, part songs, music for other solo instruments
 M39  Arrangements: potpourris, medleys
 M198–M212  Duets (harpsichord only)
 M200  Four hands: mixed collections (original works and arrangements)
 M201  Four hands: original works, collections
 M202  Four hands: Sonatas
 M203  Four hands: Suites, Variations
 M204  Four hands: Pieces
 M207  Arrangements: collections by two or more composers
 M209  Arrangements: orchestral music
 M210   Arrangements: concertos (NOT two-harpsichord versions of concertos for solo instrument[s] and orchestra)
 M214  Two harpsichords, two performers: original works
 M215  Two harpsichords, two performers: arrangements
 M217–M285  Duets (harpsichord and other solo instruments)
 M217–M239  Harpsichord and one stringed instrument
 M240–M271  Harpsichord and one wind instrument
 M272–M283  Harpsichord and one plucked instrument
 M284–M285  Harpsichord and other (includes percussion and electronics)
 M310–M344  Trios (Harpsichord and two other instruments)
 M310–M314  Harpsichord and two stringed instruments
 M315–M319  Harpsichord and two wind instruments
 M320–M324  Harpsichord, one stringed, and one wind instrument
 M325–M329  Harpsichord and two plucked instruments
 M330–M334  Harpsichord, one string, and one plucked instrument
 M335–M339  Harpsichord, one wind, and one plucked instrument
 M340–M344  Harpsichord and other combinations

Quartets, quintets, sextets, septets, octets, and nonets follow similar patterns (in the M400s, 500s, 600s, 700s, 800s, and 900s, respectively).For more details, see M: Music and Books on Music, available at the reference desk or at the index table in the reference section (Z696.U5 M 1998).


Concertos and similar pieces:

 M1010  Harpsichord with orchestra
 M1010.5  Cadenzas for such works
 M1011  Harpsichord with orchestra (two-keyboard versions)
 M1110  Harpsichord with string orchestra
 M1110.5  Cadenzas for such works
 M1111  Harpsichord with string orchestra (two-keyboard versions)


Studies and methods: MT252

See also under Piano studies and methods (MT220–MT225+)


Not all harpsichord music in the Cook Music Library is out on the shelf.Please consult IUCAT to find information about music that is checked out or in the Frontlog.



Subject Headings

(for subject searches in IUCAT or WorldCat)

Solo harpsichord music: harpsichord music; sonatas (harpsichord); suites (harpsichord); variations (harpsichord); etc.
Duets: harpsichord music (4 hands), harpsichord music (harpsichords (2))
Trios: trios (instrumentation), where instrumentation = e.g., harpsichord, flute, violin
Quartets: quartets (instrumentation), where

instrumentation = e.g., harpsichord, flute,

violin, viola da gamba

Similar for quintets, sextets, septets, octets, and nonets.

Harpsichord and Orchestra: concertos (harpsichord)

harpsichord with orchestra

concertos (harpsichord with string orchestra), etc.


Classification Numbers for Books about the Harpsichord

 Ref. ML128 .H35 Harpsichord bibliographies 
 ML651  General works


Selected Periodicals

 The Historical Harpsichord (1984--)  ML1 .H33
 Harpsichord (1968-1976)  ML651 .H57


Selected Internet Resources

 Harpsichord Clearing House
 Harpsichord and Fortepiano