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To provide scholarly, educational, informative, and comprehensive information in the field of classical music is the ultimate goal of this guide.

Research Guide on Classical Music

This guide uses "classical music" as a loose expression, not as a designation of the music period (1750-1830). The following definition may serve the purpose:

classical music’ is used as a generic term meaning the opposite of light or popular mus[ic].

Kennedy, Michael, and Joyce Bourne Kennedy. "classical." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music.: Oxford University Press, 2007.

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Book locations

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Books are shelved according to the Library of Congress Classification scheme indicated by Call Numbers.

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Books in music are in Call Number "M" area with the following subclasses:


Music Literature on music Instruction and study


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