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Subject Guide for Music

The Music Subject Guide is a compilation of print and online resources available through the Howard B. Waltz Music Library, including websites and online databases that are available from home with the CU Virtual Private Network. Use the subject guide at the start of a research project to get a better feel for what the library has to offer. If you need to look at listings of music -- specific online databases, use the Music Subject List.

Outline

I. Essential Music Research Tools

 

II. Music Research Tools by Type

-- Library Catalogs
-- General Music Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
-- Special Music Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
-- Music Periodical and Dissertation Indexes
-- General Periodical Indexes and Sources of Full Text
-- Collected Works, Historical Sets, Musical Monuments, and Anthologies
-- Thematic Catalogs
-- Music Histories
-- Music Bibliographies
-- Discographies
-- Iconographies
-- Music Directories
-- Music Journals

III. Subject Specific Resources

-- Music Theory
-- Musicology/Ethnomusicology
-- Music Education
-- Jazz
-- Voice

IV. Useful Web -- Based Resources

-- Other Library Catalogs
-- Directories
-- Professional Associations
-- Other Scholarly Resources
-- Music Magazines

 

 

Content

I. Essential Music Research Tools

Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, ML105 .B16 2001 (Book). The best and most comprehensive guide to musicians in English.

 

Grove Music Online (Database). Grove Music Online comprises the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers, and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz.

 

Harvard Dictionary of Music, ML100 .N485 2003 (Book). The best standard music terminology dictionary.

 

International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text(Database).This music journal database contains more than half a million indexed articles, plus detailed abstracts and full text from 1874 to the present, but focusing on 1996 onwards. It covers both scholarly and popular music subjects.

 

Music Index (Database), alsoMusic Index, ML118 .M84 (Book). Music Index covers 690 periodicals, focused on Western art music. Online coverage is from 1975 -- present. For older materials (1949 -- 1974) check the hardcopy.

 

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (Database).The Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale provides indexing and abstracts for books, articles and other formats in musical scholarship, going back to 1967.

 

WorldCat(Database).WorldCat is a worldwide catalog created and maintained collectively by more than 9,000 member institutions. It is wide -- ranging, but not comprehensive, even for member institutions. You can use the information in WorldCat to make Interlibrary loan requests.

II. Music Research Tools by Type

Library Catalogs: Chinook | Prospector | WorldCat
The Chinook Library Catalog searches all of the University’s holdings of books, journals, scores, sound recordings and videos. It also provides some links to the full text of journals online. If you cannot find what you need, use the “Search Prospector” button at the top of the page to search the catalogs of a dozen university and public libraries across the Front Range in the Prospector Catalog. If you need to look further, go to the WorldCat database (also under “Find Articles and More”) -- -- which shows library holdings worldwide. You can also find online content for journals by using the E -- Journal Finder on the library homepage.

 

General Music Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
These are some of the generalized music encyclopedias the library holds. They are superb for finding overviews of a topic, as well as providing references to other resources for further research. They range in size from a single book to large multivolume sets. Some are available online.

Grove Music Online (Database). Grove Music Online comprises the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers, and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz.

 

Harvard Dictionary of Music, ML100 .N485 2003 (Book). The best standard music terminology dictionary.

 

The Norton/Grove Concise Encyclopedia of Music, ML100 .N88 1994 (Book). This single -- volume encyclopedia is a little out of date, but still a valuable resource aimed more at a narrower readership of music specialists.

 

The Oxford Companion to Music, ML100 .O94 2002 (Book). This single -- volume encyclopedia is more up-to-date than The Norton/Grove, and is aimed at a broader readership as a quick reference.

Special Music Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
These are just a handful of examples of the specialized encyclopedias the music library holds. They are superb for finding overviews of a topic, as well as providing references to other resources for further research. They range in size from single paperback books to large multivolume sets. Some are available online.

Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, ML105 .B16 2001 (Book). The best and most comprehensive guide to musicians in English.

 

Encyclopedia of Popular Music, ML102 .P66 G84 2006 (Book). Largely covers popular music in the U.S. and the U.K. It focuses on giving the popular critical opinion on a given topic and is extremely up-to-date.

 

Encyclopedia of the Musical Theater, ML102 .M88 G3 2001 (Book). Largely covers musical theatre in the U.S. and the U.K.: performers, shows, composers, authors and more.

 

The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online,(Database), also The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, ML100 .G16 1998 (Book). Organized by region, the encyclopedia discusses each culture/country in an introduction, and then discusses the issues in the music and the processes involved in music-making. The online edition can be browsed, or you can use the "Search" option. There are over 9,000 pages from over 700 contributors, making it the preeminent starting point for research in world music.

 

International Who’s Who in Classical Music, ML105 .I57 (Book). The major focus of this work is on living, active individuals in classical music. The entrant gets an opportunity to edit and approve the articles about themselves.

 

New Grove Dictionary of American Music, ML101 .U6 N48 1986 (Book). Being an encyclopedia of American music, this work covers the pluralistic nature of music in America, accommodating popular music more so than the original New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

 

New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, ML102 .I5 N48 1984 (Book). Many entries are similar to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, but it has many original entries on non -- Western, folk and electronic instruments.

Music Periodical and Dissertation Indexes
Use the Music Subject List to find journal articles, or follow the links to specific databases. For a summary and tips, see Music Periodical Indexes on the Web (pdf).

International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text (Database). This music journal resource includes more than half a million indexed articles, plus detailed abstracts and full text from 1874 to the present. It includes a comprehensive range of subject areas in both scholarly and popular music journals, covering the full spectrum of subjects and all aspects of music, including music education, performance, ethnomusicology, musical theatre, theory, popular music forms and composition.

 

Music Index (Database), also Music Index, ML118 .M84 (Book). Music Index indexes 690 periodicals, focused on Western art music. Online coverage is from 1975 -- present. For older materials (1949 -- 1974) check the hardcopy.

 

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (Database). The Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale provides indexing and abstracts for 10,300+ journals, books, bibliographies, dissertations, critical commentaries, complete works, conference proceedings, and other formats in musical scholarship, from 1967—present. It covers all kinds of music from Western classical to popular world music, and covers many areas of academic study.

 

RIPM Online (Database). The Répertoire International de la Presse Musicale provides retrospective indexing of music periodicals published approximately between 1800 and 1950.

General Periodical Indexes and Sources of Full Text

Academic Search Premier (Database). Academic Search Premier is an EBSCO database that provides full text to over 4,000 periodicals and indexing for over 8,000 covering the arts and sciences in general, as well as some popular magazines and newspapers. Generally covers from 1975—present.

 

Arts & Humanities Citation Index (Database). The Arts and Humanities Citation Index is a unique service that shows what articles an author cited, as well as who cited a particular article. It is part of the Web of Science database, and covers over 1,000 arts and humanities journals. Since it is a index, you will need to use the

 

E-Journal finder to get full text.E-Journal Finder (Database). Use E-journal finder to locate online, full text holdings of a specific journal at CU.

 

Humanities Full Text (Database). Humanities Full Text provides indexing from 1984, and selected full text from 1994, for a variety of specialized and lesser -- known humanities journals.

 

InfoTrac OneFile (Database). InfoTrac OneFile is a Thompson -- Gale Database, with more periodicals than Academic Search Premier (11,000), but covers 1980—present.

 

International Index to the Performing Arts Full Text (Database). This database focuses on theatre, dance, opera, and film, including music related to these art forms. It provides citations back to 1864, and abstracts of more recent articles, and some full text.

 

JSTOR (Database). Provides image and full text online access to back issues of 729 scholarly journals in history, economics, political science, demography, mathematics and other fields of the humanities and social sciences. There is generally a one to five year delay between when content (journals, etc.) are published and when it is put into JSTOR.

 

Project MUSE (Database). Full -- text articles from over 300 high quality humanities, arts, and social sciences journals from 60 scholarly publishers. It provides access to new content (journals, etc.) and has links for the back issues of 25 journals in JSTOR.

 

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (Database). This database includes citations for dissertations ranging from 1861 to those accepted last semester. Dissertations published from 1980 forward include 350 -- word abstracts; master's theses from 1988 forward include 150 -- word abstracts. Mostly, it covers English -- speaking countries.

Collected Works, Historical Sets, Musical Monuments, and Anthologies
These provide great overviews of a body of work. By composer, publisher, timeline, genre, etc. Collected works are by composer, historical sets are collections based on famous editions, and musical monuments largely focus on geographic areas and/or time periods. There are many of these works; here is a list of guides to them, and one full -- text online edition of Mozart.

Anthologies of Music: an Annotated Index, ML128 .A7 M87 1992 (Book). This is a single volume work, focused on Western art music. It has a thoughtful index by genre (concerto, sonata, etc.), along with examples.

 

Grove Music Online (Database). When you look an entry on composers, go to the “works” list at the end of the entry. It will often include information on where to find works, along with information on each work.

 

Historical Sets, Collected Editions, and Monuments of Music: a Guide to Their Contents, ML113 .H52 1980 (Book). Also known as “Heyer,” this two volume work aims to be definitive and detailed. It excludes folk and popular music. It is dated, but still useful.

 

Index to Printed Music: Collections and Series (Database), formerly Collected Editions, Historical Series & Sets, and Monuments of Music, ML113 .H55 1997 (Book). Similar in scope to Grove Music Online and Historical Sets, Collected Editions…, but this work aims to be more selective. It was compiled by a group of librarians, as opposed to single scholars.

 

Neue Mozart -- Ausgabe/ Digital Mozart Edition (Website). The Neue Mozart -- Ausgabe is a comprehensive collection of Mozart’s music, both facsimiles of his original scores and newly edited, modern versions. Also included are other writings by Mozart, his musical notebooks, and composition studies by his students.

Thematic Catalogs
These list compositions in a collection, or of an individual composer, usually arranged by opus number or another ordering scheme (BWV numbers for Bach, K. (Köchel) numbers for Mozart, etc.) They include information about where to find a complete version of a work, and include the opening bars.

Chronologisch -- Thematisches Verzeichnis Sämtlicher Tonwerke Wolfgang Amadé Mozarts; Nebst Angabe der Verlorengegangenen, Angefangenen, von fremder Hand Bearbeiteten, Zweifelhaften und Unterschobenen Kompositionen, ML134 .M9 K55 1964 (Book). Also known as the “Köchel”, this is a listing of the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It is organized chronologically by date of composition.

 

Das Werk Beethovens; Thematisch -- Bibliographisches Verzeichnis Seiner Sämtlichen Vollendeten Kompositionen, ML134.B4 K5 (Book). Also known as the “Kinsky”, this is a listing of the works of Ludwig Van Beethoven. This catalog is organized by the opus number of the work.

 

Hymn Tune Index (Website), also Hymn Tune Index: A Census of English -- language Hymn Tunes in Printed Sources from 1535 to 1820, BV305 .T46 1998 (Book). The Hymn Tune Index contains hymn tunes with English -- language texts up to 1820, and their publication history up to that date. The database is searchable by composer, tune title, the sequence of the opening notes, and the source in which it was published, among other ways.

 

Thematisch -- Systematisches Verzeichnis der Musikalischen Werke von Johann Sebastian Bach : Bach -- Werke -- Verzeichnis (BWV), ML134 .B1 S3 1990 (Book). Also known as the “Schmieder,” this is a listing of the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. It is organized by the genre of the work.

 

Themefinder.org (Website). TheThemefinder is a piece of free software you can use to tie a theme to a specific piece of music by inputting starting pitches, intervals, and general contours.

Music Histories
These are some general histories of Western music.

A History of Western Music, ML160 .G872 2006 (Book). Called the “Grout” the “Grout and Palisca” or the “Burkholder.” This is a one -- volume history of Western music. It is also one of the major textbooks for undergraduate music history courses.

 

The Oxford History of Western Music, ML160 .T18 2005 (Book). This is an expansive, six -- volume history of Western music, and it emphasizes the stories of the people involved in music history.

 

Source Readings in Music History, ML160 .S89 1998b (Book). This book collects writings about music in Western history, from Ancient Greece to the 20th century in translation. Because it is all primary sources, it is not exhaustive, and is designed for teachers and students.

Music Bibliographies
The bibliographies at the music library cover many different aspects of music, and introduce the researcher to sources in their field.

Introduction to Research in Music, ML3797 .W542 2001 (Book). This book focuses on how to research and write a paper rather than on specific sources. It is a little dated on electronic and online research materials.

 

Music in Print Series (Database). Formerly known as “emusicquest,” Music in Print is an online index used to search music published in print by composer, dates, nationality, genre, period, title, publisher, or instrument.

 

Music Reference and Research Materials: An Annotated Bibliography, ML113 .D83 1997 (Book). This book, also called “Duckles” is a reference tool designed for librarians. It is also very comprehensive, but dated.

 

Music Research: A Handbook, ML113 .S28 2009 (Book). This book is both a textbook for music bibliography, as well as an easy-to-use reference resource for any college student through the graduate level. See the related website.

 

Reader’s Guide to Music: History, Theory, Criticism, ML160 .R42 1999 (Book). The Reader’s Guide gives an overview of key books about a particular topic in music history, theory, and criticism. Its focus is Western art music, and it largely covers books published in English.

 

RISM (Database), also Répertoire International des Sources Musicales, ML113 .I59 (Book). RISM documents the world's musical sources of manuscripts or printed music, works on music theory and libretti stored in libraries, archives, monasteries, schools and private collections. The online part (Series A/II) covers music manuscripts from 1600 -- 1800.

 

Sourcebook for Research in Music, ML113 .C68 2005 (Book). This book is geared to be somewhat comprehensive in its listings of sources, and it is fairly current.

Discographies
Like a bibliography, the discography collects sources of information, providing lists of recorded works in a genre, time period, performer, instrument, composer, country, etc.

 

By instrument, genre, label, etc. (in alphabetical order): ML156 - ML156.4

Music on Record, ML156.2 .G3 (Book). Covers recordings by major classical composers up to the early 1960’s. Separate volumes for orchestral, chamber and vocal music.

 

The Blue Note Label: A Discography, ML156.4 .J3 C87 2001 (Book). A listing of releases from the famed Blue Note jazz label since its inception to 2001.

 

Discopaedia of the Violin: 1889 -- 1971, ML156.4 .V5 C7 (Book). A comprehensive listing of violin recordings from 1889 to 1971.

By individual composer (in alphabetical order) — ML156.5 A - Z

Ellingtonia: The Recorded Music of Duke Ellington and His Sidemen, ML156.5 .E45 T5 1996 (Book). A discography of records put out by Duke Ellington, as well as those by members of his band.

 

Mahler Discography, ML156.5 .M33 F85 1995 (Book). A Mahler discography including over 1,000 recordings.

By individual performer (in alphabetical order)—ML156.7 A -- Z

The Sound of Miles Davis: The Discography: A Listing of Records and Tapes, ML156.7 .D4 L64 1991 (Book). This listing aims to be comprehensive in its coverage of the recordings of Miles Davis.

Reviews, indexes, etc. —ML156.9+

Recorded Classical Music, ML156.9 .C63 1981 (Book). This discography is directed at the composer’s works on record. Rather than a comprehensive discography, it selects one recording and evaluates it.

Other—ML158+

The Classical Reproducing Piano Roll: A Catalogue -- Index, ML158 .S58 1990 (Book). This is a listing and index of classical music “recorded” for player -- piano. It is organized by performer and by title, and includes the piano roll number (much like a record label imprint number).

 

The Metropolitan Opera Guide to Opera on Video, ML158.6 .O6 M47 1997 (Book). This guide to opera on video is organized first by composer, then by the title of the opera, and finally by individual video— including a description and some analysis.

Iconographies
Iconographies are works that present the visual representation of musical subjects, and sometimes the scholarship surrounding them.

Great Composers, Great Artists: Portraits, ML87 .B76 1992 (Book). This book consists of significant portraits of figures in Western music history. Each portrait has an accompanying essay.

 

Music: The Illustrated Guide to Music around the World From its Origins to the Present Day, ML160 .B582 1991 (Book). Organized by region, and also includes “The Western Tradition” and “World Music Today.” Large color photographs and diagrams.

 

Musical Instruments in Art and History, ML460 .B75 1968b (Book). A comprehensive book focused on instruments of the Western art music tradition, with illustrations and photos from a single museum in Brussels.

 

Musical Instruments of the World : an Illustrated Encyclopedia, ML102 .I5 D5 (Book). This book aims to be comprehensive, and is organized by the type of musical instrument, then by country, culture, etc. Consists of engraved illustrations and diagrams.

 

Repetoire Internationale d’Iconographie Musicale (Website). “The Répertoire International d'Iconographie Musicale is an international project with the objective of developing methods, means and research centers for the classification, cataloguing, and study of iconographical material relating to music.” (From the RIdIM website)

 

Research Center for Music Iconography (Website). RCMI’s collections of photo -- reproductions of artworks, catalogue entries, and indices are the only such guides assembled in the U.S. where one can easily locate visual representations of any instrument or music -- making scene from antiquity to the early 20th century.” (From the RCMI website)

Music Directories
These directories cover a variety of organizations, colleges, programs, festivals, record labels, managers and artists, amongst other things.

Billboard’s International Buyer’s Guides, ML18 .I57 (Book). This directory is geared towards the music business: labels, distributors, agents, and other services. For the U.S., it is organized by state, and for international listings, it is organized by country.

 

Directory of Music Faculties in College and Universities, U.S. and Canada, ML13 .D57 (Book). Published by the College Music Society, this book is organized by state and then by institution, and includes indexes by name, degrees held, teaching area, and institution.

 

European Music Directory, ML21 .E9 E93 (Book). Comparable to Musical America, this covers Europe in much greater detail. The first volume covers, orchestras, competitions, festivals, etc., whereas the second volume focuses on the music industry.

 

Musical America (Database), alsoMusical America, ML12 .M88 (Book). This is a print and an online directory. It mostly covers the U.S. and Canada, by topic, along with a somewhat smaller international section.

Music Journals
These are just some examples of scholarly music journals. In order to be considered scholarly, a journal generally should be: a) well -- respected by scholars, b) provide a forum for scholars to discuss current issues in their field, c) refereed, so that each article is judged, critiqued and edited by other scholars in the field, and d) not wholly driven by advertising. You can find music journals in Chinook or the E-Journal Finder.

Cambridge Opera Journal, ML1699 .C35 (Journal). The Cambridge Opera Journal covers the history and theory of European opera, as well as opera and musical theatre in the U.S. It also includes scholarly articles about a number of non -- Western musical theatre traditions. There are also reviews of important publications on the study of opera.

 

Ethnomusicology, ML1 .E77 (Journal). “Ethnomusicology features scholarly articles representing theoretical perspectives and research in ethnomusicology and related fields from an international perspective, as well as book, record, and film reviews. A current bibliography, discography, and videography are published on their website in conjunction with each journal issue.” (From the publisher’s website)

 

International Journal of Music Education, ML5 .I52 (Journal). Published three times a year, each issue covers a special topic. The first issue is a research topic, the second issue emphasizes a topic of international concern, and the third issue concerns itself with issues in the practice of music education.

 

Journal of the American Musicological Society, ML27 .U5 A83363 (Journal). Like the field of musicology, this journal covers a lot of ground: historical musicology, critical theory, music analysis, iconography, performance practice, aesthetics and hermeneutics, ethnomusicology, gender and sexuality, popular music and cultural studies—amongst others—are represented.

 

Journal of Music Theory, ML1 .J728 (Journal). An excellent journal on current topics in music theory, it is edited by members of the Department of Music in Yale's Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

III. Subject Specific Resources

Music Theory

The Cambridge History of Western Music Theory, ML3800 .C165 2002 (Book). This is a comprehensive history of music theory in the West. Depending on the topic, it may be chronological; otherwise it may cover a particular subject rather than a time period.

 

Form and Analysis Theory: A Bibliography, ML128 .T5 P45 1998 (Book). A bibliography of form and analysis theory. It aims to be a comprehensive listing of materials, but it lacks any sort of annotation or evaluation.

 

Music Theory from Zarlino to Schenker : A Bibliography and Guide, ML128 .T5 D27 1990 (Book). This useful biographical dictionary of music theorists gives biographies as well as introductory essays to their theories and information on their works.

Musicology/Ethnomusicology

Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology (Website). This is an international database of bibliographic records for completed dissertations and new dissertation topics in the fields of musicology, music theory, and ethnomusicology, as well as in related musical, scientific, and humanistic disciplines.

 

The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, ML100 .G16 1998 (Book). Organized by region, the encyclopedia discusses each culture/country in an introduction; then covers issues in the music, the processes involved in music -- making, and includes case studies.

 

Grove Music Online (Database). Grove Music Online comprises the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers, and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz.

 

Index to Printed Music: Collections and Series (Database), formerly Collected Editions, Historical Series & Sets, and Monuments of Music, ML113 .H55 1997 (Book). Similar in scope to Grove Music Online and Historical Sets, Collected Editions…, but this work aims to be more selective. It was compiled by a group of librarians, as opposed to single scholars.

 

Reader’s Guide to Music: History, Theory, Criticism, ML160 .R42 1999 (Book). The Reader’s Guide gives an overview of key books about a particular topic in music history, theory, and criticism. Its focus is Western art music, and it largely covers books published in English.

 

RISM (Database), alsoRépertoire International des Sources Musicales, ML113 .I59 (Book). RISM documents the world's musical sources of manuscripts or printed music, works on music theory and libretti stored in libraries, archives, monasteries, schools and private collections in an online index. The online part (Series A/II) covers music manuscripts from 1600 -- 1800.

Music Education

Education: A SAGE Full -- text Collection (Database). Includes the full text of 26 peer -- reviewed journals published by SAGE and participating societies, distinguished by up to 40 years of backfiles. Covers from 1965 -- present.

 

ERIC (CSA) (Database). ERIC provides access to more than 1.2 million abstracts of journal articles and other education -- related materials. Included is full -- text access to ERIC Documents (ED) from 1996 to present.

 

A Guide to Research in Music Education, MT1 .P5 2005 (Book). This substantial handbook is a collection of essays compiled by the MENC -- The National Association for Music Education. It covers a breadth of topics, including educational psychology, music teacher education, and research design.

 

Music Education Search System (Website). This is a free index developed and is maintained by Edward P. Asmus, Ph.D. It provides up-to-date indexing a handful of key music education journals, as well as an index of pre -- 1965 sources and an index for Boletin De Investigacio Educativo Musical, a major Latin American journal.

 

Music Education Resource Base & Canadian Music Index (Website). MERB/CMI is a bibliographic database of more than 31,000 resources in music and music education from 35 Canadian and international journals and other sources covering the period 1956 through the present.

 

The New Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning, MT1 .H138 2002 (Book). A handbook designed to guide research projects in music education. It covers qualitative & quantitative research, philosophical inquiry, historical research and non -- experimental research.

Jazz

Grove Music Online (Database), alsoThe New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, ML102 .J3 N48 2002 (Book). Recently updated (2002) and more in depth, this dictionary also lists essential recordings.

 

Jazz Scholarship and Pedagogy, ML128 .J3 M33 2006 (Book). Basically a second edition of a previous work, Jazz Scholarship and Pedagogy is a full annotated bibliography of jazz scholarship, namely books and doctoral theses. It is organized by type of source.

 

Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, ML156.4 .J3 C67 (Book). Designed to be comprehensive, this book covers all types of jazz by genre, lists basic information about the performers, and provides a review.

Voice

Grosses Sängerlexikon, ML105 .K83 2003 (Book). Grosses Sangerlexikon (dictionary of singers) is a German language encyclopedia of opera singers. It aims to be selective, but includes historical and international figures.

 

Grove Music Online (Database), alsoThe New Grove Dictionary of Opera, ML102 .O6 N5 1992b (Book). The New Grove Dictionary of Opera aims for more scholarly depth, as well as adding breadth by including not only singers, composers, and other topics, but also librettists, directors, patrons, impresarios, designers, etc. It is 80% new material compared to the main New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

 

Music for the Voice: A Descriptive List of Concert and Teaching Material, ML128 .V7 K3 1968 (Book). This book is designed for students, teachers, and enthusiasts. It contains lists of songs, arranged by composer, along with the range of each piece and comments about the peculiarities of each.

 

Singer's Repertoire, ML128 .V7 C67 1960 (Book). The first four volumes are listings of songs by genre, kind of song, or pedagogical use, each volume covers a different voice type (sopranos, mezzo/alto, tenor, and baritone/bass). The last volume is a collection of program notes.

IV. Useful Web -- Based Resources

Other Library Catalogs

The European Library -- This is a free catalog you can use to search European libraries as a group. Although it is slow, it is useful for finding non -- English language materials, as well as providing ideas for further investigation into Europe’s libraries and digital collections.

 

Prospector -- Prospector is a catalog that simultaneously searches academic and public libraries on the front range of the Rockies, from Wyoming to Southern Colorado. You can use it to request books as well.

 

Indiana's List of Music Libraries -- This is a listing of music libraries across the U.S., along with several entries for European libraries. Links to their homepages and their catalogs are provided.

 

Library of Congress -- The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, in addition to being the research arm of Congress. You can use its catalog to search their print and online collections.

 

WorldCat.org -- This is a free version of WorldCat. It is not as useful as the subscription version, but it still has broad coverage, and is easy to access if you cannot connect to the CU VPN.

Directories

Indiana's List of Schools and Departments of Music -- The University of Indiana School of Music put together this online directory of schools and departments of music. It is international in scope, and is organized by country.

 

Musical America -- This is a print and an online directory. It mostly covers the U.S. and Canada, by topic, along with a somewhat smaller international section.

 

Musical Online -- Musical Online is an online listing of academic and performance web pages.

 

Music Publisher's Association -- The MPA represents the interests of music publishers—print or otherwise—and provides a listing of their 75 members, including BMI, ASCAP, Carl Fischer, Oxford University Press, etc.

Professional Associations

American Musicological Society (AMS)

 

College Music Society (CMS)

 

International Music Organizations (Directory)

 

Society for American Music (SAM)

 

Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM)

 

Society for Music Theory (SMT)

Other Scholarly Resources

Directory of Open Access Journals -- This is a searchable listing of free, full text, scholarly journals. There are 800+ journals that are full -- text searchable, and over 2000+ that are listed. There are 26 music journals.

 

Google Books -- Google Books allows users to search the full text of books from several major research libraries. Sometimes it will only display parts or pages of a book. You are more likely to find full text if the material was published before 1923.

 

Google Scholar -- Google Scholar allows the public to search the full text of thousands of journals online. If you go to the “Scholar Preferences” and then “Library Links”, you can set up Scholar to provide links to CU’s full -- text databases. There is only limited coverage in the arts and humanities.

 

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations -- “The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) is an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic analogues to the traditional paper -- based theses and dissertations.” (From the NDLTD website)

Music Magazines

Gramophone -- “Gramophone Online includes a daily international classical music news service, features and competitions and details of all Gramophone publications. The site also hosts Gramofile, an online database of CD reviews stretching back to 1983, which is the world's largest archive of record reviews.” (From the Gramophone website)

 

New Music Box (American Music Center) -- Strictly a web -- based resource, this focuses on new music and musicology in an array of news, blogs, short articles, interviews, features, and video. It is largely academic affair but occasionally crosses over into popular music.

Opera News -- An online version ofOpera News, missing some subscriber content, but more up-to-date. It includes a fairly comprehensive opera directory.

 

Pitchfork -- Pitchfork is an online music review site that also has news and interviews/features. It mostly focuses independent and underground pop/rock music, with the occasional foray into avant -- garde art music. They have extensive archives of their reviews.

 

Playbill Arts -- This is the online version of Playbill Arts, covering classical, opera, jazz and dance news, amongst others. It is usually pretty quick on picking up news stories, and includes feature -- length articles as well. It also has a section of listings by art form/genre.

Rolling Stone -- The website has similar content to the magazine (rock/pop/politics), but the online version has more editorial content and more up-to-date news.

Updated 8/24/2007 by Joseph Grobelny