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Tips for Using the KentLINK Musical Instrumentation Search

Use the Musical Instrumentation Search to Find:

  • Chamber music
  • Solo instrumental music
  • Songs with specified accompaniment
  • Arrangements for specific instrumentation
  • Choral works with or without soloists

Do Not Use the Musical Instrumentation Search to Find:

  • Music for large ensembles, including orchestras and bands
  • Operas, musicals, and other large vocal works
  • Folk music and popular music
  • Hymns and liturgical chants
  • Collections of miscellaneous instrumentation
  • Songbooks

To find these types of materials, use a standard KentLINK search.

Limits

The KentLINK Musical Instrumentation Search will retrieve both printed music and sound recordings by default. Apply limits to restrict your search to a particular format, such as printed music, compact discs, or all sound recording formats.

Example

Searching for printed music and sound recordings that include 1 flute, 1 viola, and 1 harp

A. From the "Woodwinds" menu, select "Flute;" under "Number of that instrument," choose "1." Click Update.
Musical Instrumentation Search - Ex 1

B. From the "Strings" menu, select "Viola;" under "Number of that instrument," choose "1." Click Update.
Musical Instrumentation Search - Ex 2

C. From the "Strings" menu, select "Harp;" under "Number of that instrument," choose "1." After clicking Update, select Perform KentLINK Search.
Musical Instrumentation Search - Ex 3

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