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4. Journals and Periodicals and Their Indexes

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CHAPTER FOUR

Journals and Periodicals and Their Indexes

This chapter begins with a representative listing of scholarly research journals in music that are currently being published. The oldest is the durable Musical Times; among the newest are several journals (e.g., Journal of Music History Pedagogy) that began publication in the last few years. It is in journals of this sort that new research is most likely to be reported, rather than in the host of periodicals concerned with current musical events, individual instruments, the opera scene, etc.

The list is by no means complete, but a fairly broad selection has been made. The most thorough is in the area of musicology, but other types of research journals are included, as indicated by the subdivisions of this listing. These subdivisions, however, are not rigid; e.g., a general musicological journal may carry an article of a more theoretical or ethnomusicological nature. Furthermore, among the musicology journals listed as being of a general nature, some are more so than others, in which, for example, a period or national emphasis is apparent.

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7. Sources of Music

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CHAPTER SEVEN

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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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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2. General Bibliographies, Indexes, Catalogs, and Guides

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CHAPTER TWO

General Bibliographies, Indexes, Catalogs, and Guides

This chapter consists of lists of the most important current basic sources, to be used as the point of departure for researching virtually any topic in the field of music. The sources listed in the various categories should be consulted, as appropriate, along with related works on the subject in question—period or regional music histories, biographies, histories of genres or forms, general and specialized music dictionaries and encyclopedias, chief texts on the subject, etc.—for the preliminary compilation of a working bibliography. Sources may be found under subject headings in a particular library’s catalog and also by browsing in appropriate areas of its stacks. These, however, are just two of many initial steps that need to be taken, casual and unsystematic ones at that, and they rarely if ever uncover materials such as periodical articles, chapters in jointly authored publications or Festschriften, prefaces in volumes of collected sets and monuments, etc. One methodical way to begin to find materials of this sort is to consult the relevant bibliographical tools listed below.

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8. Discographies and Recordings

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CHAPTER EIGHT

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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