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MUS 2700/2710: Music History I and II

Research Guides

Research guides (also called bio-bibliographies)  contain biographical information and list books, articles, and other sources about composers and their works.

Shelved in Reference at ML 134, alphabetical by composer.

Thematic Catalogs

These books list a composer's works, usually with the opening phrase of music (incipit), information on manuscripts, published editions, and sometimes bibliography. Useful for identifying a piece or verifying information about it.

Shelved in reference at ML 134, alphabetical by composer.

Library Search

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Composers on the Web

Collected Works

These are generally the most authoritative editions of a composer's works. They are shelved at M 3.

To find a work in the editions: find the composer's biography in Grove Music Online (in Oxford Music Online) and go to the list of works. It usually indicates in which volume of the edition(s) a work appears.

Access to Oxford Music Online is under the Dictionaries & Encyclopedias tab above.

Composers' thematic catalogs (Ref ML134) may also have this information.