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Piano Resources

About the Music Collection
About the Piano Collection
Browse the Shelves
     Music Scores
        Printed Scores
        CD-ROM Scores
        Online Scores
     Instruction Books
     Instruction DVDs and Videos
     Other Books
     Sound Recordings
Search the Catalog
     Scores and sound recordings
     Instruction books
     Other books
Periodicals
Databases
     Listen online
     Music scores online
     Music history and indexes
Web Resources
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About the Music Collection

The Music Collection of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) is one of the outstanding public library music collections in the United States, with close to 80,000 books and scores; 28,000 recordings; 400 periodical, newsletter and serial titles; an expansive video and DVD collection; music scores in CD-ROM and online versions; online databases for research and listening to music; and numerous special files and indexes that cover all aspects of music, including material related to music in the Pittsburgh area.

About the Piano Collection

  • Over 15,000 piano music scores for classical and popular (jazz, popular songs) styles. Classical works include pieces for harpsichord. Scores include CDROM collections of individual composer's works.
  • Over 900 classical (solo) piano CDs.
  • Over 400 piano instructional books, videos and DVDs.
  • Thousands more CDs, videos and DVDs of classical (e.g. concertos, chamber music), jazz, rock, ragtime, blues, new age and world music performances.
  • Plus a digital piano to preview scores after you have browsed our shelves for the music you need.

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Browse the Shelves!

Music Scores

Music scores are available as Printed Scores, on CD-ROM or as Music Scores Online.

Printed Scores

Library of Congress Call Numbers ("q" indicates an oversized book)

(q) M20 - 22 Solo piano (miscellaneous collections, works of one composer or two composers)
(q) M23 Piano sonatas
(q) M24-31 Suites, individual works, pieces for one hand, variations, marches, dances
(q) M32-39.6 Solo piano arrangements (e.g. opera, choral, jazz, easy piano)
(q) M200-212 Piano music 4 hands (includes original works and arrangements)
(q) M214-216 Two or more pianos, three or more performers
(q) M217-285.6 Piano and one instrument
(q) M310-344 Piano and two instruments
(q) M410-449 Piano and three instruments (e.g. piano quartets)
(q) M510-549 Piano and four instruments
(q) M610-649 Piano and five instruments
(q) M710, M810, M910 Piano and seven, eight, nine instruments
(q) M1010-1011 Piano with orchestra (includes full and reduced scores, cadenzas)
(q) M1110-1111 Piano with string orchestra
(q) M1378-1380 Piano music for children (easy/beginner pieces)
(q) M1627-1998 Piano/vocal scores of songs (popular and topical)

Dewey Decimal Call Numbers
(Dewey books and scores, with or without an "M," are interfiled)

(q) (M)786.4-786.46 Solo piano works (e.g. 786.41 Sonatas)
(q) (M)786.49 Arrangements
(q) (M)786.4901 Two-piano music
(q) (M)786.4902 Music for one piano, 4 hands

Please note that the range of Dewey call numbers indicates solo scores for this instrument. If looking for other works, please ask a librarian for assistance.

Music Score CD-ROMs

CD-ROM music scores can be found on the shelf in the "CD-ROM Collection." CD-ROM scores appear in the catalog as a Music Score with the words "electronic resource" after the title. To search in the catalog, use "Advanced Keyword." Enter the composer name and the words "electronic resource." Then limit the material type to Music Scores.

Music Scores Online

See Music Scores Online under Databases.

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Instruction Books

Library of Congress Call Numbers ("q" indicates an oversized book)

(q) MT220-258 Piano instruction, studies, and methods
(q) MT745-MT758 Piano instruction, studies, and methods for children

Dewey Decimal Call Numbers
(Dewey books and scores, with or without an "M," are interfiled)

(q) (M) 786.3 Instruction


Instruction DVDs and Videos

Older DVDs and videos are in Music, Art and Dance--Mus I Pia
Newer DVDs and videos are in Nonfiction Video--MT 220 - 258


Other Books

Library of Congress Call Numbers ("q" indicates an oversized book)

(q) ML650-747 Piano history and criticism, construction, repair (includes books about harpsichords and clavichords; see ML549 for other early keyboard information)


Dewey Decimal Call Numbers
(Dewey books and scores, with or without an "M," are interfiled

(q) (M) 786.1 Piano history
(q) (M) 786.2 Manufacture, tuning, temperament


Sound Recordings

Sound recordings are available as CDs or to Listen online. Some historical recordings can also be found on LP and other formats.

CDs

Some piano-related CD categories (see "Browsing for CDs" for details):

Bl Blues Music
Cm Chamber Music
Co Concertos
Jz Jazz
La Latin Music
Na New Age
Pf Piano (classical)
Po Pop Music
Rg Ragtime
Ro Rock Music


Listen online

See Listen online under Databases

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Search the Catalog

Below are examples of useful subject headings for searching in "The Catalog." See "Catalog Tips for Music" for further help on searching.

Scores and sound recordings

(Scores and sound recordings use similar subject headings)

piano music
piano music arranged
piano music 4 hands

piano music jazz
piano music ragtime (and so on)

piano music pianos 2 and piano music pianos 2 arranged (for two pianos)
piano ensembles (for three or more pianos)

piano music Russia
piano music France (works for anthologies… more results by composer search)

concertos piano
sonatas piano

flute and piano music OR flute and piano music scores and parts
violin and piano music OR violin and piano music scores and parts (and so on)

To find scores for popular songs, use "Advanced Keyword," type "piano" and the name of the song in quotes.

Instruction Books

piano instruction and study
blues music instruction and study
piano methods
piano methods self instruction
piano methods juvenile
piano methods jazz (and so on)

Other Books

piano bibliography
piano construction
piano history
piano makers
piano maintenance and repair
piano music bibliography
piano music history and criticism
piano music discography
piano music interpretation
piano performance
piano tuning

pianists
pianists biography
pianists interviews

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Periodicals

The Carnegie Library subscribes to the following piano periodicals. These can only be used in the library.

Clavier (U.S., 1962 to date)
Monthly (except June and August). Profiles and interviews of classical players, teachers and composers. Articles on teaching methods, artists of the past, and other topics. Reviews of newly published works and educational materials. Some issues include discussions of a composer and analysis of one or more of his works.

Keyboard (U.S., 1985 to date)
Monthly. Focus of magazine is mostly on electronic keyboards and the artists, but pianists are also featured. Emphasis on styles other than classical. Articles on artists and products. Reviews of recordings, instruments, and equipment. Features on technique, how-to-play a particular solo/work.

Musi Key Keyboard (U.S., 1998 to date)
Annual publication. Provides information about keyboard music-in-print, excluding songs with printed lyrics. Searchable by title, composer/arranger and arrangement. Ask a librarian at our reference desk.

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Databases

Music Research

Remote Access (CLP Card)
Everything you need to know about virtually any jazz record ever released. The Jazz Discography gives you accurate, detailed information on over 100 years of recorded jazz in all genres.
JSTOR (CLP Only)
NO Remote Access
Full-text archives of many core scholarly journals, particularly in the humanities, social sciences & music.
Main Library Access Only. NO Remote Access
lists currently available printed music.
Remote access (CLP Card)
Citations to articles appearing in music periodicals back to 1970. The Library owns paper copies of Music Index from 1949 - 1996.
Mobile App
Remote Access (CLP Card)
Salem History provides online access to Musicians and Composers of the Twentieth Century.
Remote Access (CLP Card)
Includes The Oxford Dictionary of Music, Grove Music Online (includes the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Grove Dictionary of Jazz and Grove Dictionary of Opera) and The Oxford Companion to Music.

>> More Music Resources...

Listen Online: Streaming Music

Remote Access (CLP card)
African American Song is now a part of American Song! To listen to historical recordings of African American music, visit American Song or Music Online Plus.
Remote Access (CLP card)
This site contains over 12,000 tracks (with more added regularly) that illustrate our country’s history through music. Songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children and many others are included. Of particular interest is the index by historical event.
Remote Access (CLP card)
Listen to classical music online
Remote Access (CLP card)
A new addition, this site aims to be one that “delivers the sounds of all regions from every continent.” Currently this constantly growing site features over 8,000 tracks of music from around the world.
DRAM Online
Digital Recordings of American Music
NO Remote Access
CLP-Main ONLY. A scholarly resource of recordings, including liner notes and essays, from New World Records, Composers Recordings (CRI) and other labels such as Albany, Frog Peak, Mode, and XI.
Only available within the Main Library of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
This site provides access to millions of songs, including Sony Music's catalog of legendary artists. Download five free music tracks (MP3 format) from popular artists each week with no software to download and no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions.
Log in with your library barcode number and PIN.
Remote Access (CLP card)
With over 130,000 tracks and featuring labels such as Fantasy and Prestige, Jazz Music Library is one of the largest collections of streaming jazz online.
Remote Access (CLP card)
Explore all of our Alexander Street Press music databases via the Music Online Plus interface. This portal lets you search and use materials from American Song, Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, Jazz Music Library, Opera in Video and Smithsonian Global Sound without having to jump from database to database.
Remote access (CLP Card)
Listen to classical, jazz and world music online.
You must use the log out button when exiting this database, or future log-ins may be unsuccessful.
Remote access (CLP Card)
Listen to streaming audio of jazz music.
You must use the log out button when exiting this database, or future log-ins may be unsuccessful.
Remote Access (CLP card)
Opera in Video allows library cardholders to watch opera on demand and free of charge. This frequently updated database contains streaming video of great operas from the Baroque period through the 20th century as well as interviews and documentaries focusing on opera.
Remote Access (CLP card)
Listen to world, folk and traditional music online.

>> More Music Resources...

Music Scores Online

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Web Resources

 

Hours/Contact Us

Monday-Thursday 10 AM - 8 PM
Friday-Saturday 10 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday 12 -5 PM

Music/Film & Audio, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
4400 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-622-3105
musicdept@carnegielibrary.org

Updated 6/07