James H. Thomason Library

Music 360-361: History and Literature of Music
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Still Life with Musical Instruments
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Hendrik Goltzius, 1558-1617, engraving, The Illustrated Bartsch, Amsterdam

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  Dictionaries
  Encyclopedias
  Companions
  Histories
  Scores & Recordings
  Bibliography
  Style Guides
Locating Books
    ThomCat
    eBook Collections
    PASCAL
    WorldCat & I.L.L.
Locating Articles
  Article Databases
  Journal Finder
Recorded Music
  Classical Music Library (streaming audio)
  Thomason Library CD collection
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Music 360 - Antiquity to 1750                         back to

Music 361 - 1750 to Present               Library Guides

Background Information:    
Dictionaries   back to top

 

The Harvard Dictionary of Music [CREDO Reference], Belknap Press of Harvard U. Press, 2003.  
Includes entries on all the styles and forms in Western music; comprehensive articles on the music of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Near East; descriptions of instruments enriched by historical background; and articles that reflect today's music. 

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Grove's Dictionaries, 2001.

Main Level, Reference: R 780.3 N42N [29 vols]
The most substantial, comprehensive music encyclopedia in English.

 

The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, Grove's Dictionaries of Music, c1984.
Main Level, Reference: R 781.9103 N42N [3 vols]

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, c2007.

Includes over 14,000 entries on musical terms, musical works, musical instruments and their history, composers, librettists, musicians, singers, and orchestras. It also boasts comprehensive works lists for major composers. Fully revised and updated, the 5th edition contains over 200 new entries, including information on approximately 150 new performers.

The Hutchinson Concise Dictionary of Music.  Helicon Pub., 2004.  EBSCO eBook Academic Collection.

 

The Oxford Dictionary of Music, Oxford University Press, 1994.
Main Level, Reference: R 780.321 K384O

 

Encyclopedias   back to top

 

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Grove's Dictionaries, 2001.

Main Level, Reference: R 780.3 N42N [29 vols]
The most substantial, comprehensive music encyclopedia in English.

Note: The Library also has an older edition (9 vol. set) in the Circulating Collection:  Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians, St. Martin's Press, 1964.

Upper Level: 780.3 G919G [9 vols]

 

Music: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Musical Instruments and the Great Composers, Lorenz, 2003.

Upper Level: 780.9 W119M

The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Garland Pub., 1998-c2002.
Main Level, Reference: R 780.9 G183G [10 vols]

Encyclopedia of Society and Culture in the Medieval World, Facts on File, 2008.

Main Level, Reference:  R 909.07 En19E2 [4 vols]

"Comprehensive A-Z coverage spanning time from the fall of Rome in 476 to the start of the Renaissance in 1500. Each entry includes a discussion of the topic from the perspective of the following centers of civilization: Africa, The Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and The Islamic World." Related entries include festivals, drama and theater, music and musical instruments.


Companions   back to top

The New Oxford Companion to Music, Oxford University Press, 1983.
Main Level, Reference:
R 780.321 N42N [2 vols]

 

The Oxford Companion to Music [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2003.
This online version of a new ed. includes articles that range from definitions of musical ideas and terms to surveys of musical forms and styles, with specialist coverage of extensive musical subjects. It places music in its social and cultural context, with a range of new entries on topics such as politics, religion, psychology, and computers. The book covers current research in and approaches to music, including analysis, theory, ethnomusicology, and performance practice. All varieties of musical forms are covered, including jazz, popular music, and dance.

Music In The Middle Ages : A Reference Guide. Suzanne Lord. Greenwood Press, 2008. EBSCO eBook Academic Collection.

Histories   back to top


A General History of Music, from the Earliest Ages to the Present Period (1789)
. Charles Burner (author). Dover Pub., 1957.
Upper Level: 780.9 B934G [2 vols]

Reprint, with extended coverage of music in early cultures.

Heritage of Music, Oxford University Press, 1989.

Main Level, Reference: R 780.9 H425H [4 vols]

v.1  Classical music and it’s origins [MUS 360]

v.2  The Romantic era [MUS 361]

v.3  The nineteenth-century legacy [MUS 361]

v.4  Music in the twentieth century [MUS 361]

 

History of Music: A Book for Study and Reference, Free Press, 1973.  
Main Level, Reference: R 780.9 W895H

Karl H. Worner begins “chronologically from the earliest traceable evidences of music-making and goes through the Renaissance. Then… in separate chapters the principal types of music that have flourished in the more recent period…opera, symphony, keyboard music. Intended to serve the needs of study and reference.”  (from translators preface)

A History of Western Music, W. W. Norton, 1996.
Upper Level: 780.9 G918M

Norton Recorded Anthology of Western Music [sound recordings], W.W. Norton, p1996.

Lower Level: CD 780.9 G918M [12 CDs]

Study and Listening Guide for A History of Western Music, W.W. Norton, c1996.

Lower Level: 780.9 G918M guide

 


New Oxford History of Music Series, Oxford University Press, 1966-1990.

Upper Level: 780.9 N42O [8 of 10 vols]

Volumes covering early medieval to the modern age.

Origins of Music, MIT Press, 2001.
Upper Level: 780.9 Or4O

Includes theories of music origin.

 



Flute (Aurignacian) 30,000 BC, Dordogne, France
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Source Readings in Music History, Norton, 1998.
Upper Level:
780.9 So84S

World Musics in Context: A Comprehensive Survey of the World's Major Musical Cultures, Oxford University Press, 2001.

Upper Level: 780.9 F636W

Scores & Recordings back to top

International Music Score Library Project

The International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) is a virtual library of public domain music scores and recordings

IPA Source

International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts.

LibraryMusicSource.com

The largest collection of Western Classical sheet music ever assembled.

Classical Music Library   

The world's largest multi-label database of Classical music recordings for listening and learning in libraries. The growing collection of 50,000-plus tracks includes recordings from the world's greatest labels including Hyperion, Bridge Records, Sanctuary Classics, Artemis-Vanguard, Hänssler Classic, Vox and many more. Coverage includes music written from the earliest times (e.g. Gregorian Chant) to the present, including many contemporary composers. Repertoire ranges from vocal and choral music, to chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental, and opera.

 

Bibliography: a book listing everything published (journal articles & books)
on a specific topic during a particular period of time
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Browse music bibliographies in the library reference collection by title from call number R 016.78 to R 016.79.

Christian Hymnody in Twentieth-century Britain and America: An Annotated Bibliography, Greenwood Press, 2001. 
Main Level, Reference:
R 016.78227 M973M
[MUS 361]

Sourcebook for Research in Music. 2nd ed. Phillip Crabtree & D. H. Foster.

Indiana University Press. 2005. EBSCO eBook Academic Collection

 

Style Guides   back to top

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Kate L. Turabian, 7th ed., University of Chicago Press, 2007.
Upper Level: 808.02 T84M
Main Level, Reference: R 808.02 T84M c.1
Main Level, Ready Reference: R 808.02 T84M c.2

Writing Center, Presbyterian College
Citation styles, writing guides, and scheduling an appointment with a tutor.

 

Locating Books  
THOMCAT   back to top


THOMCAT

Use the online catalog to locate books and other materials in the Thomason Library.

Search options include author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              
 

Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750 [as AUTHOR]

 
  Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750 [as SUBJECT]  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to music history:
MUSIC

 

Madrigals

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  Music, Byzantine
  Chants, Plain, Gregorian
  Music, Greek and Roman
  Music To 500 
  Music 500-1400
  Music Theory 500-1400
  Music--15th Century
  Music--15th Century--History and criticism
  Music--16th Century
  Music--16th Century--History and criticism
  Music--17th Century
 

Music--18th Century

MUSIC
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Music--18th Century

 

Music--19th Century

Music--20th Century

 
   
  Church Music [very broad, many subcategories]
 

Hymns, English

 

Music -- History and criticism

 

Music -- Asia -- History and criticism

Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also:

  • Try a KEYWORD search if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. Type two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find into search box. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips


· Add * to the root of a word to truncate or
expand a term:

symbol* = symbol, symbols, symbolism


· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
Bach AND symbol*
vocal* AND Baroque

· Use OR between words to expand your search and
group words with parentheses:

chant OR plainsong
(Medieval OR "Middle Ages") AND (chant* OR plainsong)

Try KEYWORD searching with THOMCAT and PASCAL library catalogs and in the Library's journal databases

 

eBook Collections back to top

 

 

EBSCO eBook Academic Collection Over 80,000 electronic books covering a wide range of academic disciplines.

    

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EBSCO eBook Collection 

Approximatley 8,000 electronic books covering a vast array of topics and themes.

      

 

ebrary eBook Collection 
Approximatley 70,000 electronic books covering a vast array of topics and themes.

     
PASCAL back to top

 

PASCAL Catalog
If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search here for books in other academic libraries in SC.Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.

 

WorldCat & I.L.L. back to top

WorldCat
A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in the PASCAL Catalog.

 

Interlibrary Loan

You need to use ILL when:

  • a book you really need is not available at PC or through PASCAL Delivers
  • an article you need is not available at PC [you've already checked Journal Finder to see if the library has access to the journal for the date that you need]

ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Click link above for instructions.


Locating Articles:    
Articles back to top

The following journal databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations. When passworded for access, supply your PC e-mail user name and password. Search article databases using terms dealing with your topic.

JSTOR
Archival database of full-text articles from scholarly journals including behavioral science titles, as well as other disciplines

Academic Search Complete [EBSCO] 
The world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.

Project  MUSE:  Basic Undergraduate Collection 
Current and recent volumes of 111 core journals in the humanities and social sciences.

ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials [EBSCO] 
Database produced by the American Theological Association. Provides coverage of religion/theology journals as well as indexing of essay collections. Full text of some journals provided through ATLASerials. Full-text links to other databases provided when available.

ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Search for articles pertaining to this time period

 

Journals   back to top


Search Journal Finder to determine if PC has full text for the journal, magazine or newspaper you need. Library databases are connected to Journal Finder and lead you to full-text if available.

Browse Journal Finder by title or subject. When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the Full-text resources online group of results. Choose a database in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.

 

 

Recorded Music    

Classical Music Library

Classical Music Library is the world's largest multi-label database of Classical music recordings for listening and learning in libraries. This ever growing collection includes recordings from the world's greatest labels including Hyperion, Bridge Records, Sanctuary Classics, Artemis-Vanguard, Hänssler Classic, Vox and many more. Coverage includes music written from the earliest times (e.g. Gregorian Chant) to the present, including many contemporary composers. Repertoire ranges from vocal and choral music, to chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental, and opera. [from website]

Thomason Library CD Collection

  Search ThomCat, selecting the "Music CD" tab.

Search using keywords from title, composer, performer, etc.  Use quotation marks to search for an exact phrase (e.g. "gregorian chant" )

 

Web Resources   back to top


Digital Scores Collection [Loeb Music Library, Harvard University]
An expansible resource of scanned images of rare and unique musical scores that will be freely available via the Web for classroom and research use at Harvard and to scholars all over the world.

 

Mutopia
An online project offering free downloadable sheet music and MIDI files based on editions in the public domain, including works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Handel, Mozart, and many others. Browse by instrument, composer or style here.

The New Bach Edition [Die Neue Bach-Ausgabe] [MUSIC 360] -looking for a replacement-

Also available in print, Lower Level, Score Reference: SCO R 780.81 B122W

Index of Bach works

Mozart NMA: Digitized Version  [Die Neue Mozart-Ausgabe] [MUSIC 361]

Also available in New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Main Level, Reference:

R 780.3 N42N [29 vols] 

Index of Mozart works

The Dictionary of American Hymnology Project [Oberlin College Library]
“Provides data related to hymns and hymn writers as well as the history of congregational song in America. The project comprises four sources for research: an index of first lines of hymns from 1640 to 1978 with a supplementary index 1978 to present; a bibliography of some 5000 hymnals published in America (1817 denominational + 3192 non-denominational); an author file; and a biographical file.”

 

The Dictionary of North American Hymnology [The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada]

Indexes the contents of 4876 hymnals, published in North America between 1640 and 1978, and over one million hymns contained in these publications.”

The Hymn Tune Index [University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign]
The HTI database contains all hymn tunes printed anywhere in the world with English-language texts up to 1820, and their publication history up to that date. Choose from Tune, Text, Source, or Composer searches. No sound files available, yet.

Also available in print, The Hymn Tune Index: A Census of English Language Hymn Tunes in Printed Sources from 1535-1820, Clarendon Press Oxford, 1998.

Main Level, Reference: R 016.78227 T246H [4 vols]

v.1 Introduction and Sources

v.2  Tune Indexes: Guide for Users inside front cover

v.3-4  Tune Census: tunes are numbered and arranged in chronological order of their first appearance in printed sources.

 

Romance of Alexander: a band of musicians, 1339-44, Bodleian Library, Oxford

ARTstor Image Database

 

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