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    Sections in this category: General Resources | Musicology

    General Resources

    Analyses of Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Music, 1940-2000
    By D.J. Hoek. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 A6 H64] Check Status

    Music Library and Research Skills
    By Jane Gottlieb. Allen Library Writing Center [REF ML3797 G65 M87 2016]
    Introduces the concepts of music research sources and how they can be best used. Especially useful for graduate students. Check Status

    Foundations in Music Bibliography
    Edited by Richard D. Green. Allen Library Stacks [ML112.8 G74 F68] Check Status

    History of Music books are found in ML160.

    Music Analyses: An Annotated Guide to the Literature
    By Harold J. Diamond. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 A6 D53] Check Status

    Music in the Western World: a History in Documents
    Selected and Annotated by Piero Weiss and Richard Taruskin. Allen Library Stacks [ML160 M865] Check Status

    Music Reference and Research Materials: An Annotated Bibliography
    By Vincent Duckles and Ida Reed. Allen Library Permanent Reserves [ML113 D83 1997] Check Status

    Source Readings in Music History from Classical Antiquity through the Romantic Era
    By Oliver W. Strunk. Allen Library Stacks [ML160 S92] Also available in individual volumes by era: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic. Check Status

    Sourcebook for Research in Music. 3rd ed.
    By Allen Scott; Phillip Crabtree and Donald Foster, founding editors.
    Allen Library Reference [REF ML113 C73 S76 2015] Check Status

    Writing About Music: A Style Sheet, 3rd Edition
    By D. Kern Holoman. Allen Library Writing Center [ML3797 W68 2014]
    Helpful for citing or referring to musical titles or terminology. Check Status


    Empirical Musicology
    Edited by Eric Clarke and Nicholas Cook. Allen Library Stacks [ML3797.1 E463] Check Status

    Introduction to Musicology
    By Glen Haydon. Allen Library Stacks [ML3797 H416] Check Status

    Musicology and Difference: Gender and Sexuality in Music Scholarship
    Edited by Ruth A. Solie. Allen Library Stacks [ML3838 M875] Check Status

    Below are call number ranges for areas within this topic. Use these call numbers to browse the library shelves when you have a general idea of what you want, but don't have a specific item in mind.

    [REF] ML128
    Bibliographies by subject

    [REF] ML134
    Thematic catalogs of and bibliographies about individual composers

    [REF] ML156

    Biographies of composers


    Collected works of individual composers

    Music printing and publishing

    General bibliography

    ML114 -118
    Bibliography of special periods

    ML120 -125
    Bibliography arranged by region or country

    General histories of music

    ML385 - ML429

    Interpretation and performance practice

    ML459 - ML1351
    Instruments and instrumental music

    ML1400 - ML3275
    Vocal music

    ML3797 - ML3799
    Musicology and ethnomusicology

    ML3845 - ML3877

    MT90 -145
    Analytical guides (For guides to single works, see MT93)

    History Reference Center
    Offers full text from more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, cover to cover full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals, nearly 57,000 historical documents, more than 78,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 113,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.

    Searchable full text of articles from selected scholarly journals in fields including anthropology, ecology, economics, education, history, language and literature, life sciences, mathematics, music, performing arts, philosophy, political sciences, sociology, statistics, and more. No current issues available; generally excludes last two to five years. Historical coverage varies; JSTOR generally includes journals back through their inception (pre-1950 in many cases).

    Music Index Online
    Years Covered: 1973-Present
    Identifies articles in over 700 music journals. Covers classical, jazz, popular, folk, and world music, including musicology, ethnomusicology, theory, applied and professional topics, music education, music industry, and reviews. Allen Library also has printed volumes: 1949-1998, [Ref] ML113 M9. UH access only.

    Music Periodicials Database (formerly International Index to Music Periodicals; IIMP)
    Identifies articles in over 400 music journals, including scholarly, applied, music education, and popular topics. Has full article descriptions 1996-present. Has brief descriptions for some journals back to their inception. Includes full text for many articles. UH access only.

    Oxford Music Online
    Formerly Grove Music Online, comprises the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians 2nd ed., The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz 2nd ed. The Oxford Dictionary of Music, and The Oxford Companion to Music 2nd ed.

    Years Covered: 1967-Present
    RILM (Rpertoire International de Littrature Musicale) describes scholarly writings on music and related disciplines, including dance. Includes citations and abstracts for journal articles, essays, Festschriften, dissertations, books, scholarly reviews, etc. International coverage, including non-English languages. The Allen Library also has printed volumes from 1967-1994.

    RISM (Répertoire International des Sources Musicales) indexes music manuscripts created between 1600 and 1800 (plus some later years), showing what exists and indicating which libraries, archives, monasteries, schools, or private collections hold the original manuscript(s).

    Search below titles here to find complete library holdings.
    Journal Title:

    Acta Musicologica

    American Music Research Center Journal

    American Musicological Society Journal

    Archiv für Musikwissenschaft

    Critical Musicology Journal

    Current Musicology

    Die Musikforschung

    Early Music

    Frankfurter Zeitschrift für Musikwissenschaft

    Journal of 17th Century Music

    Journal of Musicology

    Min -Ad

    Music and Letters

    Music Review

    Musical Quarterly


    Nineteenth Century Music

    Performance Practice Review

    Plainsong and Medieval Music

    Revue de Musicologie

    Royal Musical Association Journal

    STM -Online

    Tempo: A Quarterly Review of Modern Music

    Use these subject headings to search by general topic in our Library catalog. Copy the subject heading into the search box and use the drop down menu to search by "Subject". There are many more possible subjects than what we have listed here, but these should get you started.

    Music criticism

    Music critics

    Music history


    Performance practice music

    British Library Digitzed Manuscripts
    Compiled over nearly two centuries, the scholarly catalogs of the Department of Manuscripts cover all types of handwritten material in western languages including notes written on papyrus, literary and political papers, manuscript music, maps, drawings, photographs and illuminated manuscripts.

    Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature
    This site combines electronic access to several databases: Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum, Texts on Music in English, Saggi musicali italiani, Traités Français sur la Musique, and Musical Borrowing and Reworking.

    Citation & Writing Guide
    Compiled by Allen Library staff.

    Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology
    Electronic version of the standard reference work.

    Musical Borrowing: An Annotated Bibliography
    This site for the Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature includes over 1,200 published materials and theses relating to the uses of existing music in the tradition of Western music.

    Online Resources for Music Scholars
    Maintained by the Loeb Music Library, Harvard University, includes links to general as well as music reference sources.

    WWW Sites of Interest to Musicologists
    Provided by the American Musicological Society