Skip to main content

Music : BCM Classification System

Everything you need to know about music resources and how to find them in the ECU library

British Catalogue of Music

The ECU Library has a dedicated area for the music scores and sound recording collection. The printed music scores are arranged using the British Catalogue of Music Classification Scheme, or BCM and are arranged by  instrument and music genre within the instrument. This means that all vocal music, piano sontata, big band charts etc. are all shelved together.

If you would like to browse the scores in your own area of repertoire, the BCM system is very useful in organising like music on the shelves. Just check the shelf label to guide you in the right direction.

BCM Shelving Scheme End Codes to indicate genre, type of music
C              Vocal music
CC           Opera
CM           Musicals
D             Choral music
DC           Oratorios
DE           Cantatas
DG           Masses
DH           Motets, Anthems, Hymns
E             Choral music with instruments other than keyboard
EZ           Choral music unaccompanied
F             Choral music for female voices
G             Choral music for male voices
J              Unison vocal works
JFDW       Children’s songs
KDW/AY    Collections of popular music pre-1950s
KDW/GB   Collections of rock vocal music
KDW/JR    Film music
KFTDW     Classical vocal music for high voice
KFVDW     Classical vocal music for medium voice
KFXDW     Classical vocal music for low voice
L               Instrumental music (General and unspecified)
M              Orchestral music
N              Chamber music
Q              Piano
R              Organ
RPV          Electronic organ
S               Violin
SQ            Viola
SR            Cello (Violoncello)
SS            Double bass
TQ            Harp
TS            Guitar
V              Woodwind
VR           Flute
VS           Recorder
VT            Oboe
VU            Saxophone
VV            Clarinet
VW           Bassoon
WS          Trumpet
WT           Horn
WU          Trombone
WV          Tuba
X              Percussion instruments
Z              Non-European music
/AC          Tutors
/AD          Studies
/AF           Exercises
/AY           Collection or Anthology
E              Sonatas
G              Suites
/HM          Ballet music
/HX or HJ  Jazz
/HHW       Blues
JZ            Miscellaneous
K             Arrangements
NQ           Septets
NR           Quintets
NS           Quartets
NT           Trios
NU          Duets
P             Solos with piano or other keyboard accompaniment
PL           Solos with second instrument other than keyboard
PM           Unaccompanied solo