Musicians perform together in every imaginable combination. A library like ours tries to purchase, catalog and organize scores and parts to allow chamber musicians to gather, play and perform together.
Chamber music presents an interesting challenge for the music cataloger because of the variety of possible combinations of instrumentalists.
The San Francisco Public Library uses the 785.7 as a suffix for most chamber music with parts. The following decimal places indicates the number of players. Thus 785.72 is the basic call number for instrumental duets, 785.73 for trios, up to 785.79 for nonets and beyond.
Taking the call number out an additional decimal places fine tunes the instrumentation even furthers, according to the instrumental families that the performing instruments belong to - strings, winds, plucked strings, keyboard and percussion. We have created a webpage that provides an outline of these numbers.
The call number 785.725 corresponds to duets for a bowed string instrument and a plucked string instrument. Bowed instruments include the instruments of the string section of the orchestra - violin, viola, cello and double bass. Plucked string instruments include the guitar, harp, lute, mandolin and zither.
Examples of compositions in this call number are works for viola and harp (Fantasy Sonata by Arnold Bax), violin and harp (Fantaisie, op 125 by Camille Saint-Saëns and Sonata Concertante, opus 113 by Ludwig Spohr), cello and guitar (Rainforest Canticles by Dusan Bogdanovic).
The most typical combination in this call number is violin and guitar. The Library of Congress catalog headings for this music are: Violin and guitar music or Sonatas (Violin and guitar).
Many of these compositions also work for flute and guitar. Our collection includes the following works.
Acht leichte Duos für Flöte oder Violine und Gitarre [Eight Easy Duos for Flute or Violin and Guitar] (Zimmermann, 1980) - includes arrangements of Adagio by Leonhard von Call, Menuett by Francois Hünten, Allegretto and Serenade by Fernando Carulli, Siciliano and Walzer by Gottlieb Heinrich Köhler, Menuett by Charles Doisy, and Allegro by Kaspar Fürstenau.
Dances in the Madhouse: For Violin (or Flute/Piccolo) and Guitar by David Leisner.
Publication Info. Bryn Mawr, Pa. : Merion Music : T. Presser, sole representative, c1987.
Nocturne op. 38 für Flöte (Violine) und Gitarre [Nocture op. 38 for Flute (Violin) and Guitar] by Francesco Molino (Breitkopf & Härtel, 1976).
Leichte und vergnügliche Stücke für Flöte (Violine) und Gitarre, op. 74 [Easy and Enjoyable Pieces: for Flute (Violin) and Guitar, op. 74 by Mauro Giuliani (Universal Edition, 1984).
Musique d'ambiance [Cocktail music], arranged by David Jacques for violin (or other melody instrument) and guitar (Productions d'Oz, c2007). Volume 1 contains Artist's life waltz and Tales from the Vienna Woods by Johann Strauss II, Barcarolle by Jacques Offenbach, Habanera by Georges Bizet, Merry Widow Waltz by Franz Lehar, Liebestraum by Franz Liszt, Plaisir d'amour by Martini, Menuet by Luigi Boccherini, La paloma by Yradier, Skater's Waltz by Emil Waldteufel, O sole mio! by di Capua, Santa Lucia, Tango by Isaac Albéniz, Valse, opus 69, no. 2 by Frederik Chopin, Valse lente by Leo Delibes, Valse des fleurs by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, and Wedding day by Edvard Grieg. Volume 2 contains Aura Lee, Hungarian Dances nos. 4 and 5 and Valse by Johannes Brahms, Slavic Dance no. 10 by Anton Dvořák, Two Guitars, Black Eyes, La donna è mobile and Libiamo by Giuseppe Verdi, Schön Rosmarin by Fritz Kreisler, Solveig's song by Edvard Grieg, Tesoro mio by Becucci, Emperor Waltz and You and You by Johann Strauss II, and Vienna, My City of Dreams by Rudolph Sieczynski.
Musique de cérémonie [Ceremonial music] arranged David Jacques for violin (or other melody instrument) and guitar (Productions d'Oz, c2007). Volume 1 contains Adagio by Albinoni, Air on a G string and Arioso by J.S. Bach, "Air" (from Water music), Canticorum jubilo, Largo, Lascia ch'io pianga by Handel, Ave Maria by Bach / Gounod, Ave Maria by Schubert, Ave verum corpus and Laudate Dominum by Mozart, Canon by Pachelbel, "Winter" and "Spring" from The Seasons by Vivaldi, Wedding March by Mendelssohn, Bridal Chorus by Wagner, Meditation from Thais by Massenet, O mio babbino caro by Puccini, and Panis angelicus by Franck.
Six Sonatas, opus 3, for violin and guitar by Niccolò Paganini (Warner Bros. Publications, 2004).
785.725 P14s3 2004
Sonata Concertata: for violin and guitar by Niccolo Paganini (Masters Music Publications, 1989).
Umbrian Colors: for violin and guitar by Barbara Kolb (Boosey & Hawkes, 1989).
12 ungarische national Tänze: op. 16 [12 Hungarian National Dances] by Anton Diabelli (Ut Orpheus, 2010).