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MUSC618: Vocal Literature II: Opera

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Locating Books

Where are the music books located?

Most books about opera and related subjects are located on the 3rd floor of Morris Library within these call number ranges: M1500-M1527 (scores), ML47-ML50 (librettos), and ML1700-1706 (books about opera).

 M - Music - printed music, scores

  • M1500 (Opera - full scores);
  • M1503 (Operas - vocal scores with piano reductions);
  • M1505 (Operas - song selections, full scores);
  • M1506-M1507 (Operas - song selections, arranged);
  • M1508 (Operettas, musicals, and musical revues);
  • M1509 (Operatic scenes);

ML - Literature on music

  • ML47-ML54 (Librettos);
  • ML48 (Librettos, collections, 2 or more composers or authors);
  • ML49 (Librettos, collections, 1 composer or author);
  • ML50 (Librettos, separate works);
  • ML1600-ML2881 (Books about secular vocal music);
  • ML1700-ML1800 (Dramatic music, opera, musical theatre, etc.);
  • ML1900-ML1950 (Operetta, musicals, etc.);

MT - Musical instruction and study

  • MT820-MT915 (Singing and vocal technique);

 Important:  Some music books are considered oversize (designated as Folio or Folio+). All oversize books are located on the Lower Level of the Library.