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Sheet Music Collection  

McKee Library's collection of sheet music for solos and small ensembles.
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Introduction

Welcome to the sheet music collection at McKee Library.  We hold solo and small ensemble music for all the common band instruments, which includes the woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone and bassoon), the brass (trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba) and the percussion (bass drum, drum set, multi-percussion, snare drum, marimba and timpani).  We also have a small collection of vocal and piano solos.

The collection was given to us by the music department when upgrades were being made to their building.  It spans 100 years of wind ensemble music and contains around 6,000 solo titles. Composers from all over the world are featured in the collection, and the music encompasses all levels of playing.  We have beginner pieces, as well as college level works.

McKee Library's ultimate goal is to make the collection available to all music students in the 5-state region.  We are working on getting judge's copies of all our solos and ensembles for competition.  Middle school and high school band directors throughout region will be able to check out pieces for solo and ensemble competitions.  Music majors at OPSU will be able to check out the music for juries, competition and recitals.

We hope you will find this collection useful.  Any suggestions for additions to the collection will be most welcome.

 

How Sheet Music Is Organized

Trying to find sheet music in the cabinets can be a little indimidating at first.  We are a Library of Congress (LC) library and have to code all of our items with an LC call number.  To make life easier for those of us who didn't go to library school, I have organized the cabinets differently.  In general, music is separated first by ensemble size (solos, duets, etc.); secondly by whether the music is an individual piece or a group of collected works; thirdly by whether the music is arranged or left in its original configuration; fourthly by composer's, editor's, or arranger's last name; and lastly by title of the piece.  Each section is marked off by a hanging folder label, as well as composer's last name, for easier access.  Our cabinets are also labeled both at the top of the cabinet and for each drawer.  I hope you enjoy our collection.

 

News!

2/28/2017 - Baritone methods are now available for checkout, as well as alto and bass clarinet solos.

1/12/2017 - Piano, voice, and choir music has moved upstairs.

 

Number of Pieces in the Library

Sheet music is found under the call number heading M.  Library of Congress (LC) has ordered the music first to group size (solo, duets, etc.), then to instrument.  Instruments within families that are in different keys are not separated out in this system.  We've separated out the instruments within each family as best we can within the limits of the LC system.

Instrument/Instrument Family Unaccompanied Solos Accompanied Solos
Flute 110

444

Clarinet 42  
Oboe 29  
Bassoon 14 179
Saxophone 31  
Horn 13  213
Trumpet 14 453
Trombone 13 375
Tuba  8 116
Baritone/Euphonium 1 82
Bass Drum 1 1
Multi-percussion 20 15
Marimba/Vibes/Xylophone 27 29
Snare Drum 155 61
Drumset 16 0
Timpani 19 7
Violin 0 9
Viola 0 3
Cello 0 4
Double Bass 0 3
Piano 34
 N/A
Voice   69
Total 539 2063
Grand Total 2602

     

    Location of the Collection

    The sheet music collection is located in ML 103 with the audio books, records and movies.  Location is marked on the map below with a star.

     

    Progress of Cataloguing

    Cataloguing the sheet music collection is an ongoing process, and we hope to finish in a timely fashion.  Below is a list of what is finished (marked with a ♦).

    Music/Instrument Finished Music/Instrument Finished Music/Instrument Finished
    unaccompanied solos accompanied bassoon solo duets
    accompanied violin solo accompanied horn solo trios
    accompanied viola solo accompanied trumpet/cornet solo quartets
    accompanied cello solo accompanied trombone solo quintets
    accompanied double bass solo accompanied tuba solo sextets
    accompanied flute/piccolo/recorder solo accompanied saxophone solo septets
    accompanied oboe/English horn solo accompanied baritone/euphonium solo octets
    accompanied clarinet solo accompanied percussion solo nonets/choirs

     

     

    Other Options in Sheet Music

    Sometimes you can't find something to play in music that was written specifically for your instrument, or sometimes there is simply not enough music written for your instrument.  The solution could be to look for music written for other instruments.  If you can transpose music by sight, all music in your instrument's range is at your disposal.  Many of us cannot transpose by sight, but there are other instruments in the same key and clef as your instrument.  Below is a chart of clefs, keys and transpositions for the sheet music we carry at McKee.  The instrument options are only a suggestion.  The suggested instrument ranges do not match perfectly.

    Family Instrument Clef Key Transposition Instrument Options
    brass baritone B.C. bass C same as written trombone, cello, bassoon
    brass baritone T.C. treble B-flat major 9th lower than written bass clarinet, tenor saxophone
    brass cornet/trumpet treble B-flat major 2nd lower than written clarinet, soprano saxophone
    brass horn treble F perfect 5th lower than written English horn
    brass trombone bass, tenor, treble C same as written cello, bassoon, baritone B.C.
    brass trumpet treble C same as written viola, violin, oboe
    brass tuba bass
    C same as written double bass, contrabassoon
    strings cello bass, tenor, treble C same as written cello, bassoon, trombone, baritone B.C.
    strings double bass bass, tenor C 1 octave lower than written tuba, contrabassoon
    strings viola alto, treble C same as written trumpet, oboe
    strings violin treble C same as written flute, oboe, trumpet
    woodwind bassoon bass, tenor, treble C same as written cello, trombone, baritone B.C.
    woodwind clarinet, alto  treble E-flat major 6th lower than written alto saxophone
    woodwind clarinet, bass  treble B-flat major 9th lower than written baritone T.C., tenor saxophone
    woodwind clarinet, standard (soprano) treble A minor 3rd lower than written
    woodwind clarinet, standard (soprano) treble B-flat major 2nd lower than written cornet/trumpet, soprano saxophone
    woodwind contrabassoon bass, tenor C 1 octave lower than written tuba, double bass
    woodwind English horn treble F perfect 5th lower than written horn
    woodwind flute, alto  treble G perfect 4th lower than written
    woodwind flute, bass  treble C 1 octave lower than written
    woodwind flute, standard (soprano) treble C same as written violin, oboe
    woodwind oboe treble C same as written trumpet, violin, flute
    woodwind piccolo treble D-flat minor 9th higher than written
    woodwind piccolo treble C 1 octave higher than written
    woodwind saxophone, alto  treble E-flat major 6th lower than written alto clarinet
    woodwind saxophone, baritone  treble E-flat major 6th + 1 octave lower than written
    woodwind saxophone, soprano  treble B-flat major 2nd lower than written cornet/trumpet, clarinet
    woodwind saxophone, tenor  treble B-flat major 9th lower than written baritone T.C., bass clarinet
     

    Checking Out Sheet Music

    A courtesy card (see below) will be waiting for any band director who wants to check out materials.  Normal check out is for two weeks for students, and we can check out music to the band directors for an entire semester. 

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