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5. Area Bibliographies, Indexes, Catalogs, and Guides 1: Fields of Musical Study

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CHAPTER FIVE

Area Bibliographies, Indexes, Catalogs, and Guides 1: Fields of Musical Study

This chapter begins with lists of basic sources in eight disciplines or broad fields of musical study: general musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, music education, music therapy, music history, primary sources in music, and performance practice. Following these broad categories are lists of sources in more specialized and, in some cases, newer fields of musical study: American art music; black music; dance music; music and gender-sexuality studies; women in music; American folk and popular music; world music; music technology and media studies; and the music industry and music business.

5.1 MUSICOLOGY

Musicology, since its early recognition and definition in the late 1800s, has produced an extensive literature concerned with itself as a discipline. The following bibliography is a list of basic discussions of the theory and practice of musicology, intended to serve as an introduction to its content, organization, and history. The emphasis is largely on more recent sources, but selected older classics have also been included.

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8. Discographies and Recordings

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Discographies and Recordings

These items were selected from many such sources and represent a wide spectrum of musical traditions, from “classical” to world music to popular music. The first category is “Bibliographies of Discographies,” works that are—or contain, in the case of Brian Rust’s Guide—lists of discographies. Two items that are not discographies—Vinyl: A History of the Analogue Record and Wax Trash and Vinyl Treasures: Record Collecting as a Social Practice—are included because they describe the history of recorded sound and the history and social ramifications of collecting.

The second category, “Internet Sources for Recordings,” consists of twelve stable online streaming sources of music. Some are available by subscription only, such as the Alexander Street Press databases; others, such as World Music Central, are free for the user.

The third category, “Specialized Discographies,” lists some important sources with special emphases—classical, opera, choral, early music, women composers, etc.—some of them annotated, some not. The “Ethnomusicology and World Music” section contains discographies not only of subjects of academic studies but also guides to popular world music. The “American Popular Music” section lists sources on rock, hip-hop, the various styles of jazz and the blues, folk music, and popular song.

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6. Area Bibliographies, Indexes, Catalogs, and Guides 2: Musicians, Instruments, and Repertories

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Area Bibliographies, Indexes, Catalogs, and Guides 2: Musicians, Instruments, and Repertories

This chapter includes lists of basic sources for biographies of musicians, musical instruments and their repertories, and musical genres and forms.

6.1 BIOGRAPHIES OF MUSICIANS

The first section lists sources of biographies, primarily bibliographies and indexes of biographies, organized primarily by type of musician (composer, conductor, performer, etc.). Many are annotated—some lightly and others extensively. They are useful particularly for locating titles published prior to the beginning coverage year of online databases. The following section contains a selected list of biographies of Western European art music composers in English. The last section begins with the two primary series of composer biographies and research materials, the Bio-Bibliographies in Music and the Routledge Music Bibliographies, and concludes with other series of composer biographies of various types.

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7. Sources of Music

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Sources of Music

7.1 PRIMARY SOURCES OF EARLY MUSIC: MANUSCRIPTS AND PRINTS

In the “General” list of bibliographies of primary sources, RISM stands out from all the others in its all-inclusiveness. When finished, its series A and B will constitute an international index of all known sources of manuscript and printed music and writings about music up to 1800 (for further information, see Duckles, Music Reference and Research Materials, where the individually annotated volumes in the series are listed under the full title: Répertoire international des sources musicales). Wettstein’s Thematische Sammelverzeichnisse, an annotated list of catalogues of selected music collections in libraries and archives arranged alphabetically by city, is the only such source in print.

The New Grove article “Sources, MS” is also large in scope, listing in numerous separate bibliographies the manuscript sources of Western vocal music through the Renaissance. The three other New Grove articles list both manuscript and printed sources of early instrumental music. The Census-Catalogue is a more thorough treatment of polyphonic music in the period 1400–1550. The Brown and Vogel works are fundamentally important as representative bibliographies of early printed music. The two Eitner sources, though largely superseded by RISM, are still of some value.

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3. Dictionaries and Encyclopedias of Music

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Dictionaries and Encyclopedias of Music

The dictionaries and encyclopedias of music listed in this chapter have been divided by type into (1) the recent large sources and selected concise ones that contain articles on people as well as on terms, (2) selected sources, international and North American, that contain only biographical articles, (3) the chief sources that contain only articles on terms, and (4) selected specialized dictionaries—those treating specific areas or subjects, regardless of approach. In all but one category, the names of certain older sources of historical interest are also included.

3.1 GENERAL DICTIONARIES AND ENCYCLOPEDIAS

These sources are “general” dictionaries and encyclopedias of music in that most of them include articles on both biographical and nonbiographical subjects, on people as well as terms, forms, genres, countries, etc. Beyond that, however, there are considerable differences among them in size, comprehensiveness, and recentness. There are sometimes specified limitations (e.g., Dictionary of Contemporary Music, Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, and New Grove Dictionary of American Music). Less obvious in the international sources is that there are often differences of emphasis, e.g., more detailed coverage of subjects pertaining to the country in which the work originated.

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