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Instrumental ensembles


  • Here are entered compositions not in a specific form or of a specific type for ten or more solo instruments and collections of compositions in several forms or types for various numbers of solo instruments belonging to different families.

  • Compositions for ten or more of the same solo instrument and collections of compositions for various numbers of the same solo instrument are entered under [Recorder ensembles, Viol ensembles,] and similar headings.

  • Compositions for ten or more different solo instruments and collections of compositions for various numbers of solo instruments of the same family are entered as follows: bowed stringed instruments under [String ensembles;] wind instruments under [Wind ensembles;] brass instruments under [Brass ensembles;] woodwind instruments under [Woodwind ensembles;] plucked instruments under [Plucked instrument ensembles;] and percussion instruments under [Percussion ensembles.]

  • When used for an accompanying ensemble in headings with medium of performance, the term "instrumental ensemble" stands for two or more solo instruments belonging to different families.

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  • LC Classification

    • M900-M986
  • General Notes

    • Here are entered compositions not in a specific form or of a specific type for ten or more solo instruments and collections of compositions in several forms or types for various numbers of solo instruments belonging to different families.
    • Compositions for ten or more of the same solo instrument and collections of compositions for various numbers of the same solo instrument are entered under [Recorder ensembles, Viol ensembles,] and similar headings.
    • Compositions for ten or more different solo instruments and collections of compositions for various numbers of solo instruments of the same family are entered as follows: bowed stringed instruments under [String ensembles;] wind instruments under [Wind ensembles;] brass instruments under [Brass ensembles;] woodwind instruments under [Woodwind ensembles;] plucked instruments under [Plucked instrument ensembles;] and percussion instruments under [Percussion ensembles.]
    • When used for an accompanying ensemble in headings with medium of performance, the term "instrumental ensemble" stands for two or more solo instruments belonging to different families.
  • Editorial Notes

    • headings for forms and types of music that include "instrumental ensemble" and headings with medium of performance that include "instrumental ensemble"
  • Example Notes

    • Example under [Wind controller music;] and under references from [Ensembles (Music); Ensembles (Musical compositions)]
  • Change Notes

    • 2002-12-04: new
    • 2009-03-11: revised
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