Finding Recordings of a Work With a Specific Title

Finding Recordings of a Work Without a Specific Title


  • Use the “Advanced Search” option for best results.
  • If you aren’t sure how the composer’s name might be spelled (e.g. Rachmaninov or Rachmaninoff), you can truncate the name by adding an asterisk after the letters you are sure of (e.g. Rachminino*)
  • Use the original language of a title (e.g. “Nozze di Figaro” instead of “Marriage of Figaro”).
    • If you do not know the full foreign title, limit your title search to words that are the same in either language (e.g. “Figaro”).
    • Leave out initial articles “a,” “an,” and “the” and their foreign equivalents (e.g. “Nozze di Figaro” not “Le Nozze di Figaro”).
    • If the works has only a “nickname” title (e.g. “Moonlight” sonata), do not use the nickname as the title (the nickname may not be in the title information for all recordings of the work).
  • Use the plural form of a genre word when searching it as a title (e.g. “symphonies,” “concertos,” “sonatas,” “quartets”).
    • If the work has no opus, thematic catalog, or serial number, try adding the key as a Keyword phrase (e.g. “g major”).
    • For works with a specific solo instrument (e.g. piano sonatas, violin concertos) you can add the instrument as a Keyword
    • For chamber works, you can enter the type of work as a Keyword phrase (e.g. “string quartets,” “brass sextets, “wind quintets” or “woodwind quintets).
  • If you are looking for a recording by a specific publisher or record company, try putting that name in the “Publisher” box on the “Advanced Search” page.
  • If the search retrieves no results, or very few results, broaden your search.
  • When in doubt, ask for help!