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Music Resources

Overview of library resources to support the curriculum of the Department of Music

About Music Titles

Titles for works of music can be a little tricky, in that they can vary in language or form depending the recording or source of work. To make your catalog searches more effective note the following:

The Generic Title of a work will identify the format of the work, such as Sonata, Symphony, or Concerto. 

The Distinctive Title of a work is the unique title like you would have for a book or a film, such as Eroica, or Fanfare for the Common Man.

A title may also include a Work Number. Depending on the composer, the number could be called

  • Opus (abbreviated Op.); can refer to a group of works and be subdivided by number, e.g. Op.59, No.3
  • BWV (Bach Werke-Verzeichnis)
  • K or KV (Köchel-Verzeichnis)

Titles can some or all of these aspects to their title. 

For example, W.A. Mozart's String Quartet (K.387) could appear as:

  • Quartet no. 14 in G major (K. 387)
  • Quartett für 2 Violinen, Viola und Violoncello G-Dur, KV 387
  • String quartet no. 14 in G major, KV 387

For example, The Marriage of Figaro could appear as:

  • Le Nozze di Figaro (Italian)
  • Die Hochzeit des Figaro (German)

Uniform Titles are used by library catalogs to bring together different forms of a title. They provide you with one official title to search by and are constructed using certain rules. They can be helpful since music titles often differ in terms of language and/or wording. Instead of trying to anticipate these differences you can bring them all together by using a Uniform Title. The form of a uniform title is this: 

ComposerLastName, FirstName

So the Uniform Title for Beethoven's 5th symphony looks like this:

Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827
Symphonies, no. 5, op. 67, C minor

Or, the Uniform Title for The Marriage of Figaro looks like this (uses the original language of title):

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791
Nozze di Figaro


Here's how you will see Uniform Titles in the CONSORT catalog:

Consort example of work with author: Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827; and uniform title: Symphonies, no. 5, op.67, C minor 

Consort example of work with author: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791; and uniform title: Le nozze di Figaro = The marriage of Figaro : an opera in four acts / libre secco recitatives ; English version by Ruth and Thomas Martin ....


Extra information that's sometimes added to Uniform Titles in order to identify different special characteristics: 

  • Type of score (e.g., Vocal score)
  • Language of translation (e.g., English & Italian)
  • Arrangement (e.g., arr.)
  • Special Text
  • Portion of a piece, like a specific movement or song (e.g., Symphonies, no. 5, op. 67, C minor. Allegro con brio)

Searching for Music Resources

You can search for OWU resources using the online catalogs below. As always, contact us if you're not finding what you need.


Summon is a library search tool that lets you search across the majority of the library's resources including books in CONSORT, full-text articles from academic databases, media, ebooks, and lots more from a single search box.

You can read more on how to use Summon here.


CONSORT is the online catalog shared by OWU, Denison, Kenyon, and Wooster. Search here to find books, magazines, music, and video.


The OhioLINK catalog allows you to search libraries throughout the state and request items to be delivered to you here at OWU. 

*If your item isn't available via OhioLINK request it through Interlibrary Loan.


WorldCat is a catalog that expands your search even further, searching libraries all around the world. And yes, you can request items from here too. 

Search for an item in libraries near you: >>

*Items you find in WorldCat will most likely need to be requested via Interlibrary Loan.