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Music History and Musicology

Subject Headings

*Africa is used for purposes of illustration; Asia, Peru, Poland, Sweden, etc. may be used instead.

See also specific subject erms, e.g.: Clarinet; Opera; Symphony; etc. and specific proper names, e.g.: Berio, Josquin, Monteverdi, Stravinsky.

Folk music
Folk music Africa*
Music Africa*
Music, 20th century
Music history and criticism[For periods, use the following as a model: Music history and criticism--Baroque Music]Musicology
Musical criticism
Music Critics
Music--[Country]--[Century](e.g. Music--France--18th century)Music--Performance--History
Music--Philosophy and aesthetics
Performance practice (Music)
World music

Call Numbers

M2.8 Facsimiles
M3 Collected works of composers
ML96.5 Facsimiles
ML128 Bibliographies by subject
ML134 Thematic catalogs (composers)
ML156 Discographies


ML112 Music printing and publishing
ML113 General bibliography
ML114-ML118 Bibliography of special periods
ML120-ML125 Bibliography arr. by region or country

Selected SFCM Library Resources


(Subject bibliographies are found in [REF] ML128, arranged by topic.)

Slonimsky, Nicolas. Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. 8th ed. REF ML105 .B168 1992

Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians: Twentieth-Century Classical Musicians. REF ML105 .S612 B1 1997

Cohn, Arthur. The Literature of Chamber Music. 4 vols. REF ML1100 C74 L5

Hill, George Robert, 1943- Collected Editions, Historical Series & Sets & Monuments of Music: A Bibliography. REF ML113 .H61 1997

International Who's Who in Music and Musicians' Directory: (In the Classical and Light Classical Fields). Ed. By David M. Cummings. REF ML105 W629 1998

The New Grove Dictionary of Music And Musicians. 2nd ed. REF ML100 .N48 2001

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Online vers.

The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments. Edited by Stanley Sadie. REF ML102.I59 N532

New Harvard Dictionary of Music. Ed. Willi Apel; rev. by Don M. Randel. REF ML100 H339r 1986

Early Music

(including Performance Practice)

Brown, Clive, 1947- Classical and Romantic Performing Practice 1750-1900. ML457.B877 C6 1999

Cyr, Mary. Performing Baroque Music. ML457.C997 P4

Lawson, Colin. The Historical Performance of Music: An Introduction. ML457.L425 H6 1999

Neumann, Frederick. Performance Practices of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. ML457 .N489 17-18C

Performance Practice. edited by Howard Mayer Brown and Stanley Sadie. 2 vols. ML457.B878 P4

A Performer's Guide to Renaissance Music. Ed. Jeffery T. Kite-Powell. ML457.K47 P4

Companion to Medieval and Renaissance Music. Ed. Tess Knighton and David Fallows. ML172 .C65 1997

Crocker, Richard L. Studies in Medieval Music Theory and the Early Sequence. ML172 .C763 1997

Donington, Robert. The Interpretation of Early Music. New rev. ed. ML457 .D683 1989

Contemporary Music

Cope, David. New Directions in Music. 7th ed. ML197.C782 N5 2001

Griffiths, Paul, 1947- Modern Music and After: Directions Since 1945. ML197.G855 M6 1995

Modulations: A History of Electronic Music: Throbbing Words on Sound. Ed. Peter Shapiro ML1380 .M63 2000

Nyman, Michael. Experimental music: Cage and Beyond. ML197.N996 E9

Prendergast, Mark J. The Ambient Century: From Mahler to Trance: The Evolution of Sound in the Electronic Age. ML197 .P76 2000

Salzman, Eric. Twentieth-Century Music: An Introduction, 4th ed. ML197 .S186t 2002

Simms, Bryan R. Music of the Twentieth Century: Style and Structure. ML197.S592 M9 1996

Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894- Music Since 1900. 5th ed. REF ML197.S634 M9 1994

World Music

Axford, Elizabeth C. Traditional World Music Influences in Contemporary Solo Piano Literature: A Selected Bibliographic Survey and Review. REF ML128.P5 A969 1997

Excursions in World Music. Ed. Bruno Nettl [et al.]. 3rd ed. MT6 .E98 2001

Ethnomusicology: Historical and Regional Studies. Ed. Helen Myers. 1st American ed. ML3799.E84 M9 1993

The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Eds. Bruno Nettl and Ruth M. Stone. 10 vols. ML100 .G233 1998

Kaufmann, Walter. Selected Musical Terms of Non-Western Cultures: A NotebookGlossary. REF ML108.K21 S4

Keil, Charles. Music Grooves: Essays and Dialogues. ML60.K27 1994

Reck, David Benedict. Music of the Whole Earth. MT6 .R298m

Shelemay, Kay Kaufman. Soundscapes: Exploring Music in a Changing World. MT90.S53 S6 2001

World Music. Volume 1, Africa, Europe And The Middle East. Ed. Simon Broughton, Mark Ellingham and Richard Trillo. New ed. ML3545 .W65 1999

Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World's Peoples. Jeff Todd Titon, general editor. 3rd ed. ML3545 T621 .W9 1996


American Musicological Society Journal
College Music Symposium
Early Music
Fontes Artis Musicae
Journal of Musicology
Journal of Seventeenth-century Music
Music and Letters
Music Review
Musical Quarterly
Musical Times
Nineteenth Century Music
Performance Practice Review
Perspectives of New Music
Plainsong and Medieval Music
Twentieth century music
Twenty-first century music
World Music