The most important go-to source for research on
composers or any aspect of music history is:
Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (29 vols.) REF
Other important reference works that may be
helpful, depending on your subject, include:
The New Grove
Dictionary of American Music (4 vols.) ML101.U6N48 1986
Dictionary of Women Composers REF ML105.N68 1995
Women and Music
in America Since 1900 (2 vols.) REF ML82.W625 2002
1900 REF ML106.U3T57
Many books about composers and their works,
specific periods in music, and the development of various types
of music can be found in the library’s general collection.
In the catalog, the location code "STACKS" indicates books
that are found
on the shelves of the second floor.
How to find books -
see Books tab
The library offers
databases that contain reference material and even, in some
cases, whole books, all in electronic format.
African American Music Reference - articles, books,
photos, sound clips and more covering all aspects of the rich
and influential traditions of African American music.
Classical Music Reference Library - an index to
important reference sources, many provided in full text.
Classical Scores Library - scores of major composers,
primarily 17th-19th century, can be searched in a number of
ways. Download or print your selections.
Classical Music Library - streaming audio of CDs with
extensive information about compiosers and artists.
Musical selections can be downloaded.
Garland Encyclopedia of World Music - an online
version of the printed reference encyclopedia. Search
the volume that covers a particular area of the world, or
search the whole set; full text of the print version,
including illustrations and musical clips.
Music Online - a tool for cross-searching several of the
music databases; leads to audi, video, scores and reference
materials. A great way to cover a lot of material in
in scholarly journals and other music periodicals is quick and
easy using music databases - see Articles
Web sites can be
useful in research, especially for finding background
information, checking brief facts, or locating illustrations.
Here are some sites that may be helpful.
Be careful to avoid plagiarism by citing the source
of any web information that you use.
- many links to music information; good place for basic
information on all aspects of music.
– a listing of composer web sites, selected by the music library
at the Indiana University School of Music.
Classical Composers Database – an encyclopedic website
covering more than 4,000 composers and their works; also
includes music in the news, information about recordings and
free sample MP3 downloads.
Classical Composers Archive – a university based collection
of portraits, biographical information, searchable by name, time
period, and nationality.
Baroque Composers and Musicians – a good introduction to the
Baroque period and its composers, with individual biographies
and portraits and information on various countries.
Music History 102 – from the Internet Public Library, an
overview of music history with information about important names
in each period, MP3 sound clips, and more.
Music Librarian, Kathryn Kalmanson, is always
glad to work with you individually for detailed help
with your research.
Office BL129b (You’re welcome to
Office hours in the Department of Music
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00
p.m. FH 234
Phone: 410-543-6190 (office)
The librarian liaison
to Music is Kathryn Kalmanson,
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