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MUS 781 Introduction to Music Bibliography

The purpose of this guide is to organize the most relevant USD Library resources for participants in MUS 781.

What's a Uniform Title?

Uniform titles are standardized titles created by catalogers. Their purpose is to bring together all the different versions of a work in the catalog.

This means you don't have to perform multiple searches or guess about language or wording to gather complete results.

You needn't focus on the details of constructing uniform titles, but familiarity with how they are structured can help you choose better search terms.

Quick Search Tips

> Use the plural when searching for form/genre titles, even when searching for one piece only. (This works as long as the composer wrote more than one work in that genre.) For instance:

  • mozart symphonies 551
  • chopin etudes

> Search for distinctive titles in their original languages. For instance:

  • handel giulio cesare
  • mozart zauberflote

> If you're searching for something that is part of a larger work, look for the work itself. For instance, search for the song cycle rather than a song within it:

  • schubert winterreise


The text and examples on this page are courtesy of the University of Michigan Music Library.

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