Quicksearch Books+ and Orbis are two versions of the library's online catalog. Both contain the catalog records for books, scores (notated music), recordings, videorecordings, periodicals, and many of the online resources in the Music Library, and are the best place to start looking for chamber music that you can check out.
Quicksearch Books+ searches across Orbis, the catalog for most of the Yale University Library, as well as Morris, the catalog for the Law Library.
Search results can be easily refined and re-executed.
You may bookmark the Advanced Search page for future use.
The examples on this guide focus on finding music: particularly scores, recordings, and videos. For additional information on other searches, see the Quicksearch Help Pages
Search up to 5 search boxes (rows) per search
Search within 14 fields, including author, title, publisher, location within a library, call number
Choose Boolean AND, OR, and NOT connectors
Filter by formats including Audio, Books, Video, Notated Music (scores), Archives and Manuscripts
Filter by YUL libraries, such as Music Library, OHAM (Oral History of American Music, and Beinecke
Filter by any language in the catalog (to find a particular language, start typing the name)
Limit by date of publication ranges (for example, 2000-2019)
Tip: for more precise searches, limit to 2 terms or phrases (enclosed in quotation marks) per box
Begin by going to the Quicksearch Advanced search screen. The image below shows a search for Brahms's piano quartets.
Phrase searches: notice that "piano quartet" is within quotation marks - quotation marks find the phrase, rather than separate terms, and result in a more precise search. You may also search for "string quartets," but for many quartets you should use the term quartet and the names of instruments.
It is best to place only 2 terms or phrases in a box, and use additional rows for additional terms.
Score formats can be searched as subject terms and include terms such as scores, parts, scores and parts, vocal scores, and so on. It is also possible to choose these terms after your initial search by looking in the Subject (Genre) facet.
The Music Library uses subject terms developed at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Some LC subject headings, such as chamber music or string quartets are intuitive based on your knowledge of chamber music. Others are not.
In general, trios through nonets, apart from a few standard combinations (string trios, piano trios, etc.) will use the numeric term and the names of instruments. Some forms and genres common to the classical era also are used as subject headings (for example, Sonatas, Suites, Rondos, and Variations), qualified when necessary by instrumentation.
A few examples follow:
You may also look up something similar to what you want, and then look for the subject headings at the foot of the catalog record, and then click on that link. Or broaden your search to include recordings and check for those subject headings.
Then use the facet terms on the left of the screen to narrow your results:
Using the Author/Creator facet, you may quickly browse the list of composers: