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Music Research: Music Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

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Music Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

An encyclopedia or dictionary is an excellent place to start when beginning to investigate your music research topic. (Please note that the terms "encyclopedia" and "dictionary" tend to be used interchangeably by publishers; many so-called dictionaries are actually in-depth encyclopedias.) Their articles provide authoritative summaries on a given topic, and can give you a sense of whether you're on the right path. Most encyclopedia articles conclude with a bibliography that will guide you toward further, more specialized reading (and likely spur ideas for honing your topic further.) The resources listed below are all titles in our library collection, whether accessible by print or online.

Comprehensive Music Encyclopedias and Dictionaries: Selected Resources

Grove Music Online
(online)

Part of the Oxford Music Online database. Essential encyclopedia of music that includes the full contents of New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed.; New Grove Dictionary of Opera; and New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd ed; along with partial content of Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed., and Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments.

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
(online)

Diccionario de la música española e hispanoamericana
ML 101 .S7 D53 1999 (vol. 1-10): Music Library, Reference

Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart: Allgemeine Enzyklopëdie der Musik, 2nd ed. (Sachteil/subject volumes only)
ML 100 .M92 1994 (Sach. Bd. 1-9 + index): Music Library, Reference

New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed.
ML 100 .N48 2001 (vol. 1-29): Music Library, Reference; and also Alkek, floor 6

New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd ed.
ML 102 .J3 N48 2002  (vol. 1-3): Music Library, Reference

New Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed.
ML 101 .U6 N48 2013 (vol. 1-8): Music Library, Reference

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Music of India (2011)
(online)

Special Music Encyclopedias and Dictionaries: Selected Resources

Biographical Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

General Biographical Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 9th ed. (2001)
ML 105 .B16 2001 (vols. 1-6): Music Library, Reference

Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Classical Musicians (1997)
ML 105 .S612 1997: Music Library, Reference

Contemporary Composers (Morton/Collins, 1992)
ML 105 .C75 1992: Music Library, Reference

The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music (1996)
ML 105 .H38 1996: Music Library, Reference

International Who's Who in Classical Music (annual)
ML 106 .G7 W442 2021: Music Library, Reference
Note: The library acquires an updated volume every 2 years.

Riemann Musik Lexicon: Personenteil, 12th ed. (Gurlitt, 1959-61)
ML 100 .R52 (vols. 1-3): Music Library, Reference

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries of Women Musicians

International Encyclopedia of Women Composers, 2nd ed. (Cohen, 1987)
ML 105 .C7 1987 (vols. 1-2): Alkek, 6th floor

The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers (Sadie/Samuel, 1994)
ML 105 .N66 1994: Music Library, Reference

Women and Music in America Since 1900: An Encyclopedia (Burns, 2002)
ML 82 .W625 2002 (vols. 1-2): Music Library, Reference

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries of Black Musicians

International Dictionary of Black Composers (1999)
ML 105 .I5 1999 (vols. 1-2): Music Library, Reference

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries of American Musicians

Who's Who in American Music: Classical (Cattell, 1983)
ML 106 .U3 W35 1983: Music Library: Reference

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries of Canadian Musicians

Contemporary Canadian Composers (MacMillan/Beckwith, 1975)
ML 106 .C3 C66: Alkek, 6th floor

Dictionaries of Musical Terms

The Audio Dictionary, 3rd ed. (White, 2005)
(online)

Dictionary of Music Education (Collins, 2013)
ML 102 .M76 C65 2013: Music Library, Reference

The Harvard Dictionary of Music, 4th ed. (Randel, 2003)
ML 100 .A64 2003: Music Library, Reference
also online

Oxford Dictionary of Musical Terms (2004)
ML 108 .D576 2005: Music Library, Reference

Selected Musical Terms of Non-Western Cultures: A Notebook-Glossary (Kaufmann, 1990)
ML 108 .K37 1990: Music Library, Reference

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries of Musical Instruments

Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments. 2nd ed.
ML 102 .I5 N48 2014 (vol. 1-5): Music Library, Reference

The Oxford Companion to Musical Instruments (Baines, 1992)
ML 102 .I5 B34 1992: Alkek, 6th floor

Piano: An Encyclopedia, 2nd ed. (Palmieri, 2003)
ML 102 .P5 P5 2003: Music Library, Reference

Real-lexikon der Musikinstrumente (Sachs, 1964)
ML 102 .I5 S2 1964: Alkek, 6th floor

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries of Opera and Musical Theater

The Encyclopedia of the Musical Theatre, 2nd ed. (Gänzl, 2001)
ML 102 .M88 G3 2001 (vol. 1-3): Alkek, 6th floor

International Dictionary of Opera (LaRue, 1993)
ML 102 .O6 I6 1993: Music Library, Reference

New Grove Dictionary of Opera
ML 102 .O6 N5 1992 (vol. 1-4): Music Library, Reference

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries of Performance Practice

Performance Practice: A Dictionary-Guide for Musicians (Jackson, 2005)
(online)

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries of Jazz, Rock, and Popular Music

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries of Jazz

The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz (Feather/Gitler, 1999)
(online)

The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd ed. (2002)
ML 102 .J3 N48 2002 (vols. 1-3): Music Library, Reference

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries of Rock and Popular Music

Caribbean Popular Music: An Encyclopedia of Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, and Dancehall (Moskowitz, 2006)
ML 102 .P66 M67 2006: Alkek, 6th floor

The Faber Companion to 20th-Century Popular Music, Rev. ed. (Hardy, 2001)
(online)

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th ed. (2009)
(online)

Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia
(online)

Miscellaneous Music Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

A Dictionary of Music Titles: The Origins of the Names and Titles of 3,500 Musical Compositions (Room, 2000)
ML 102 .T58 R66 2000: Music Library, Reference

The Norton/Grove Concise Encyclopedia of Music, Rev. ed. (Sadie, 1994)
ML 100 .N88 1994: Music Library, Reference

 

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