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Subject headings, call numbers and other basic search techniques for saxophone solo and ensemble music, saxophonists and other saxophone-related topics.

Saxophone scores and recordings

A search in the catalog using the Library of Congress subject heading (LCSH) beginning with the word "Saxophone" will bring up scores, books and sound recordings, giving a full overview of saxophone-related materials at MSU. The purpose of this document is to help narrow the subject search and to provide guidance on specific call number ranges pertaining to the saxophone. Call number searches can be helpful in browsing the shelves; saxophone recordings can only be browsed by use of subject headings. LCSH terminology is standardized and will provide information on both scores and recordings; this search is more specific than a key word search and will usually provide better results.

All of this material can also be searched by author/composer/performer or by specific title ("Sonata for saxophone" is not a specific title; "Hello, Mr. Sax" is specific) The examples and instructions below will help pinpoint saxophone resources when browsing without a specific work in mind. In the paragraphs below, parentheses () are used for terms that are part of a subject heading; brackets [] are used for explanatory comments.

Most scores are shelved together by type of music. To browse by call number, use the following basic numbers:
M 105-109 Unaccompanied saxophone [original work or arranged]
M 268-269 Saxophone and piano [original or arranged; 268 for collections, 269 for individual pieces]
M 1034.S4 Works for solo saxophone and orchestra [full scores- includes concertos and all other music for solo sax and orchestra]
M 1035.S4 Works for solo and orchestra, acc. arranged for piano
M 1134.S4 Works for solo saxophone and string orchestra [full score]
M 1135.S4 Works for solo sax and string orchestra, acc. arranged for piano
[Note: it is not possible to search for recordings by these call numbers]

Subject headings are an important way to search for music. Some examples pertaining to saxophone are given; most of these are patterns that can be applied to other instruments or ensembles. Most are useful for both recordings and scores.

Scores and recordings not in a specific form are found under the following types of headings:
Saxophone music [unaccompanied sax]
Saxophone and piano music
Saxophone music (Jazz) [for solo jazz artist, usually with accompanying ensemble]

If a work is in a specific form, use the following patterns:
Sonatas (Saxophone) [unaccompanied sonata]
Sonatas (Saxophone and piano)
Concertos (Saxophone) [implies accompaniment by orchestra]
Concertos (Saxophone with band)
Concertos (Saxophone)-Solo with piano [accompaniment arranged for piano]

If saxophone is part of a saxophone ensemble, the following patterns will help:
Saxophone music (Saxophones (2))
Woodwind trios (Saxophones (3)
Woodwind quartets (Saxophones (4) [This pattern continues for quintets, sextets, etc.]

If saxophone is part of a mixed ensemble, use a pattern based on the following examples. Note that headings beginning "Woodwind…" are for woodwinds only; a heading beginning "Wind …"  is for brass and wind instruments. If no qualifier is used, the ensemble includes one or more stringed instruments. Within these headings, instruments are listed alphabetically.
Woodwind quintets (Bassoon, clarinet, flute, oboe, saxophone)
Wind quintets (Bassoon, clarinet, oboe, piccolo, saxophone, trumpet)
Quartets (Bassoon, double bass, flute, saxophone)

Any work arranged for saxophone will have the word "Arranged" after the main subject heading.
Saxophone and piano music, Arranged

A work originally for a larger ensemble and now presented with piano reduction will use a subdivision after the main heading; it will always be classified next to the full scores.
Concertos (Saxophone with band)
Concertos (Saxophone with band)-Solo with piano.

Many, but not all, scores will use a subdivision for format:
Suites (Saxophone and piano)-Scores and parts. [check heading with and without subdivision]

Books about saxophone

Most books about saxophones and saxophone music are found in ML 975-ML978. Saxophone instructional material, including orchestral excerpts and etudes, is found in MT 500-MT506.

Reference sources specific to saxophone include the following; many are shelved in the Music Reference area.
ML 128 .S247 [All books beginning with this call number are saxophone bibliographies]
Example: ML128.S247 G4 1998 Gee, H. Saxophone soloists and their music, 1844-1988.
ML 128.S247 L622 1994 Londeix, J. 150 years of music for saxophone.
ML 156.4 .S3 [All books beginning with this call number are saxophone discographies]
Example: ML 156.4 S3 S34 1993 Schlueter, S. Saxophone recital music, a discography.

Saxophone periodicals

The following may be of special interest. For indexing, see the document on music searching.
ML 1.A5 American music teacher [Bound issues, Fine Arts; new issues, PRR]
ML 1.I55 Instrumentalist [Fine Arts/ PRR]
ML 1.M26 Music educator's journal [Fine Arts/PRR]
ML 1.S3 Saxophone symposium [Fine Arts/PRR]
ML 3561.J3 A58 Annual review of jazz studies [all issues in Fine Arts]

Increasingly, these and other journal titles may also be found online, which will be indicated in a catalog search by [electronic resource' followign the title.  The coverage of online issues will vary from publisher to publisher.

Search journal titles ONLY in the catalog; individual articles are not indexed in the library catalog. To search for articles, try RILM Abstracts, Music Index, or the specific indexing for the journal, whether in print or online.



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