General Note: All M numbers from M1495 and higher are for vocal music. M1500-M1999 is for secular music. M2000 and higher is for sacred music.
M1500 – OPERAS and MUSICALS in full score
M1503 – Operas and Musicals VOCAL SCORES
M1505 – OPERAS and MUSICALS EXCERPTS in full score
M1507 – Operas and Musicals VOCAL SCORE EXCERPTS
M1613 – Songs with orchestral accompaniment
M1619 – Song collections with piano - TWO OR MORE COMPOSERS
M1620 – Song collections with piano – ONE COMPOSER
M1621 – Individual songs
M1621.4 – Individual song cycles
M1623-1623.8 – CSongs with PLUCKED INSTRUMENTS (i.e. – harp, guitar) accompaniment
M2000 – ORATORIO full scores
M2003 – Oratorio VOCAL SCORES
M2006 – Oratorio VOCAL SCORE EXCERPTS
M2010 – MASS full scores
ML47-49 – Opera LIBRETTI
ML54.6 – Song TEXTS/TRANSLATIONS for works composed 1800 and later
ML54.7 – Song TEXTS/TRANSLATIONS for works composed prior to 1800
ML128.V7 – Vocal bibliographies, including repertoire lists
ML420 – Biographies of vocal performers
ML1700 – Works about dramatic music
MT95 – Analysis of dramatic works (i.e. – OPERAS and MUSICALS)
MT820 – General works on singing and vocal technique
MT883 – Diction/Pronunciation
MT892 – Interpretation/Phrasing/Expression
Three different types of translations are available for songs - literal, poetic, and IPA. Many books will provide multiple types of translations.
Find the right book for you by doing an advanced keyword searching in Library Search for the last name of composer and the phrase "songs texts."
Limit the MATERIAL TYPE to Textual Mat'l.
Locating individual songs in anthologies can be tricky. The best way to locate these individual items is to search in MELVYL, rather than Library Search, because the MELVYL records will generally have the complete song listings.
The best song searches are KEYWORD for the last name of composer and a distinctive word or two from the song title.
After the search is complete, narrow the FORMAT to Musical Score (this is on the left side of the page).
Finally SORT BY Relevance and Library (small drop down menu near upper right of the page).