M: music scores

These are the main provisions of the classification system for music scores. Only the major segments are illustrated.

Music Scores

  • 1.A1-A15: Music printed in U.S. before 1860
  • 2-2.3: Collections of musical sources
  • 3-3.1: Collected works by individual composers
  • 3.3: First editions

Instrumental Music

  • 6 - 175: Solo instruments
  • 177 - 990: Music for two or more solo instruments
  • 180 - 298.5: Duets
  • 300 - 386: Trios
  • 400 - 486: Quartets
  • 500 - 586: Quintets
  • 600 - 686: Sextets
  • 700 - 786: Septets
  • 800 - 886: Octets
  • 900 - 986: Nonets, larger chamber ensembles
  • 990: Chamber music 18th century or earlier
  • 1000 - 1075: Orchestra
  • 1100 - 1160: String orchestra
  • 1200 - 1269: Band
  • 1356 - 1356.2: Dance orchestra
  • 1366: Jazz ensembles
  • 1375 - 1420: Instrumental music for children
  • 1450: Dance music
  • 1470: Chance music
  • 1473: Electronic music
  • 1490: Music before 1700

Vocal Music

  • 1497 - 1998: Secular vocal music
  • 1500 - 1527.8: Dramatic music
  • 1528 - 1529.5: Duets, trios, etc.
  • 1530 - 1610: Choruses
  • 1611 - 1624.8: Songs for one voice
  • 1627 - 1853: National music
  • 1900 - 1980: Songs of special character
  • 1999 - 2199: Sacred vocal music
  • 2115 - 2146: Hymnals
  • 2190 - 2196: Songs of special character
  • 2198 - 2199: Sacred vocal music for children
  • 5000: Unidentified composers