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MUS 1001C & 1002C: Music in Western Civilization

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Dictionaries & Encyclopedias


Dubal, D. (2001). The essential canon of classical music. New York: North Point Press.
Presents biographical sketches of almost two hundred forty composers of the Western musical tradition, including recommended recordings of their most significant works.
Ref MT 90.D83 2001

Grout, D. J. & Palisca, C. (1996). A history of western music. (5th ed.). New York: Norton.
Covers the history of music from the end of the ancient world through the twentieth century, focusing on classical music.
Ref ML 160.G872 1996

Hall, C.J. (2002). Chronology of Western classical music. New York: Routledge.
This two volume set highlights important births, deaths, performances, and other musical milestones. Arranged by year, the first volume covers 1761–1900.
Ref ML161 .H227 2002

Latham, A. (Ed.). (2002). The Oxford companion to music. New York: Oxford University Press.
A comprehensive single-volume guide featuring more than 8,000 entries addressing all aspects of Western music.
Ref ML100 .S37 2002

Sadie, S. (2000). The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians. (2nd ed.). New York: Grove’s Dictionaries.
This 29-volume set includes information on composers, performers, and other important contributors to the development of music throughout history. Use the index in the last two volumes to find an entry on your topic.
Ref ML100 .N48 2000

Sadie, S. (Ed.). (1984). The new Grove dictionary of musical instruments. New York: Grove’s Dictionaries of Music.
Entries to thousands of instruments including electronic and computer instruments, instrument makers, and terms relevant to technique, performance practice, and instrument construction.
Ref ML 102.15 N48

Slonimsky, N. (Ed.). (2001). Baker’s biographical dictionary of musicians. New York: Schirmer Books.
In six volumes, this work provides biographical sketches of noteworthy musicians across ages and genres.
Ref ML 105.B16 2001

Slonimsky, N. (1997). Baker’s dictionary of music. New York: Schirmer Books.
A comprehensive single-volume introductory music dictionary, listing musicians, famous compositions, musical terms, topics and instruments, from Bach to Rock.
Ref ML 100.S635 1997

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Listening to Music at Dowling

You can use your own headphones to listen to music at any of the public computers in the library. Headphones can also be purchased at Circulation for $1.00.

The Grove Music Online database contains the full text of three reference sources: The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (second edition; 29 volumes), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (4 volumes) and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (second edition; 3 volumes). Many entries also include audio files that can be played using the free Sibelius Scorch plug-in from Sibelius. For more information see the Sibelius Guide section within Grove Music Online.

Web Sites

American Musicological Society
A comprehensive list of music-related resources

Classical Music Navigator
From Western Kentucky University, this site is meant to trace composers' influences and the similarities in musical works throughout this genre, but components of the site can be of help to any kind of musical research. See especially the features on "Composers," "Basic Library of Notable Works," and "Index of Forms and Styles."

Classical Net
Reviews of more than 1000 CDs, 4800 files and over 2600 links to other classical music web sites.

Indiana University School of Music Worldwide Internet Music Resources
List of links to many music sites.

J.S. Bach Homepage
offers biographical information, bibliographies, and a catalog of complete works of the composer, some entries with commentary. It is particularly well-arranged for focusing on keyboard compositions, as works are searchable by instrument. Reviews of recordings are also available. Similarly well-appointed is this site on G. F. Handel

Music Education at Datadragon
Great basic music site for people wanting to learn or teach music. Includes info on how to read music and reviews types of instruments.

New York Public Library WWW Music Resources
Many sites selected by The New York Public Library.

Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary
Extensive and easy to use. Definitions contain many related links, are often illustrated, and even provide "suggested listening" addenda in some cases.

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