Annotated Bibliographies by Topic (ML 128 and VARIOUS)


African-American Music and Musicians

Berry, Lemuel. Biographical Dictionary of Black Musicians and Music Educators.
            See Dictionaries and Encyclopedias—Biographical Dictionaries

Brown, Linda Rae. Music, Printed and Manuscript, in the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of Negro Arts and Letters.
            See Catalogs of Music Libraries, Societies and Exhibitions

Carter, Madison H. An Annotated Catalog of Composers of African Ancestry.

Clifford, Mike. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Black Music.
            See Dictionaries and Encyclopedias—Biographical Dictionaries

Floyd, Samuel A., and Marsha J. Reisser. Black Music Biography: An Annotated Biography.

Floyd, Samuel A., and Marsha J. Reisser. Black Music in the United States.

Gray, John. Blacks in Classical Music: A Bibliographical Guide to Composers, Performers, and Ensembles.

Horne, Aaron. Brass Music of Black Composers: A Bibliography.

Horne, Aaron. Keyboard Music of Black Composers: A Bibliography.

Jackson, Irene V. Afro-American Religious Music: A Bibliography and a Catalogue of Gospel Music.

Reisser, Marsha J. Black Music and Musicians in the New Grove Dictionary of American Music and the New Harvard Dictionary of Music.

Southern, Eileen. Biographical Dictionary of Afro-American and African Musicians.
            See Dictionaries and Encyclopedias—Biographical Dictionaries

Southern, Eileen, and Josephine Wright. African-American Traditions in Song, Sermon, Tale, and Dance, 1600-1920.

Walker-Hill, Helen. Piano Music by Black Women Composers: A Catalog of Solo and Ensemble Works.
            See Repertory Guides—Piano Literature

White, Evelyn Davidson. Choral Music by African American Composers: A Selected Annotated Bibliography.
            See Repertory Guides—Choral Literature


Carter, Madison H. An Annotated Catalog of Composers of African Ancestry. New York: Vingate Press, 1986. Mus Ref ML 128 .B45 C3 1986

Use: An annotated listing of known Afro-American composers and their works.

Coverage: Consists of Afro-American composers selected through the author’s research and lists of compositions by each of the composers.

Organization: Listed alphabetically by last name of composer. Cites composer’s name, birth/death date(s), and all know compositions divided into specific genres such as: Band music, Ballet, Choral, Orchestra, and Miscellaneous. Contains no annotations of each song, simply a list of titles of works.

Pros: Contains a vast amount of composers, including many obscure ones.

Cons: No song annotations or biographies of composers. Not very helpful if trying to locate a piece of music.

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Floyd, Samuel A., and Marsha J. Reisser. Black Music Biography: An Annotated Biography. White Plains, N.Y.: Kraus International, 1987. Mus Ref ML 128 .B3 F6 1987

Use: A survey of the history of Black American music and or race relations in the United States. Contains annotations of books written by or about black musicians.

Coverage: Majority of information was taken from Eileen Southern’s Biographical Dictionary of Afro-American and African Musicians. Contains annotated listings of books about/by the artist along with brief descriptions of the books and a selective discography.

Organization: Organized alphabetically by last name of musician. Entries include Turabian Citation of each book about the artist, brief description of book, and a selected discography for each artist.

Pros: The book descriptions are helpful when looking for specific information about an artist.

Cons: No biographies of the artists are included.

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Floyd, Samuel A., and Marsha J. Reisser. Black Music in the United States. Millwood, N.Y.: Kraus International Publications, 1983. Mus Ref ML 128 .B45 F6 1983

Use: An annotated listing of research materials and archives related to black American music. Designed for research on the undergraduate level.

Coverage: Materials that are directly related to black music in the United Stated, including books listed in the National Union Catalog and The Subject Guide to Books in Print, phonograph, records, and biographies.

Organization: Divided into sections by subject, including: General Guides, Bibliographies, Indexes and Guides to Periodical Literature, General Black Music Histories, Topical Studies, Collective Biographies, Iconographies, Pedagogy, Anthologies, and Repositories and Archives. Entries are listed alphabetically by last name of article/book author and contain a citation in MLA format and a brief description of the work.

Pros: The brief description of the book/article provides a useful general overview of the work.

Cons: Section topics are not logically divided. It is time consuming to look up a certain topic.

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Gray, John. Blacks in Classical Music: A Bibliographical Guide to Composers, Performers, and Ensembles. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1988. Mus Ref ML 128 .B45 G7 1988

Use: Annotated listing of books related to classical black music and musicians from mid-1700’s to the present.

Coverage: Annotations of books related to artists found mostly in James A. Standifer’s Source Book of African and Afro-American Materials for Music Educators covering mid-1700’s to the present.

Organization: Organized into 5 sections: General Section, Composers, Symphony and Concert Artists, Concert and Opera Singers, Reference Works, and Research Centers. Each section contains entries organized alphabetically by last name of artist. Each entries contains name of artist, birth/death date(s), and Turabian citations arranged alphabetically by last name of book/article author.

Pros: Citations are clear and organization of topics makes it easy to use.

Cons: No biographies are contained on the artists.

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Horne, Aaron. Brass Music of Black Composers: A Bibliography. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996. Mus Ref ML 128 .W5 462 1996

Use: For identifying a black composer, enumerating works, research of compositions or for locating music produced by Afro-American composers. Could also be used as a repertoire research aid (for performance, recitals and etc.). For research about black composers.

Coverage: International listings of jazz, classical, electronic music, etc., (some folk music included) for brass by most known Black composers. Includes a brief biographical sketch, a listing of the composer’s works, and the sources used in compiling the information given for each.

Organization: Subject oriented divisions; by name, geographic origin of the composer, by instrument or instrumental combination. Includes title index. Entries are alphabetical, and may include contact information, publishing data, genre and more.

Pros: Indexes provide a useful tool for specific programming purposes. Division of composers by region makes it easier to research a particular geographical location. Contains any music that makes use of brass instruments, including orchestral works.

Cons: Does not give additional information about the compositions other than the title, publisher, and instrumentation. For research purposes, most useful only if used with the other books in the series.

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Horne, Aaron. Keyboard Music of Black Composers: A Bibliography. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1992. Mus Ref ML 128 .B48 H68 1992

Use: Biographies and annotated listings of keyboard compositions by African composers from Africa, North America, South America, and Europe.

Coverage: Contains keyboard works by every known Black composer, including a brief biographical sketch, a listing of the composer’s works, and the sources used in compiling the information given for each.

Organization: Divided into four sections: African Composers, African-American Composers, Afro-European Composers, and Afro-Latino Composers, arranged alphabetically by last name. Also contains extensive index which catalogs keyboard music into categories such as: Keyboard Solos, Two Instruments, Keyboard with Choir, Keyboard with Strings, Keyboard with Jazz Group, and Keyboard with Brass. Entries contain Composer’s Name, a brief biographical sketch, a complete listing of works, and annotated listing of sources used for each entry.

Pros: Indexes provide a useful tool for recital/concert programming purposes. Division of composers by region makes it easier to research a particular geographical location.

Cons: Does not give additional information about the compositions other than the title, publisher, and instrumentation. Is limited to works for the keyboard.

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Jackson, Irene V. Afro-American Religious Music: A Bibliography and a Catalogue of Gospel Music. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1979. Mus Ref ML 128 .S4 J3

Use: Annotated listing of books related to Black Religious Music in America, Africa, and the Caribbean.

Coverage: Contains annotations of books related to Black Religious Music including dance, culture, hymns, blues, music, composers, and folklore.

Organization: Organized into several sections: Afro-America: General History, Ethnomusicology, African Folksongs, Religious Folksongs, Black Church/Black Religion, Caribbean, and Afro-American Gospel Composers. Entries are organized alphabetically by last name of author. Contains a Turabian citation for each book listed. Also contains a Guide to Identifying Printed Black Gospels, an Index to the Bibliography, and an Index to the Catalogue.

Pros: Contains a vast amount of annotations related not only to music, but culture as well.

Cons: Contains no other listings or information other than the Turabian citation.

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Reisser, Marsha J. Black Music and Musicians in the New Grove Dictionary of American Music and the New Harvard Dictionary of Music. Chicago, Ill.: Columbia College Press, 1989. Mus Ref ML 128 .B45 D45 1989

Use: Provides a list of entries related to black music an musicians found in the New Grove Dictionary of American Music and the New Harvard Dictionary of Music.

Coverage: Lists all entries related to black music and musicians found in the New Grove Dictionary of American Music and the New Harvard Dictionary of Music.

Organization: Divided into three sections: 1. Individuals, Ensembles, and Organizations, 2. Subjects, and 3. Authors. Each section is organized alphabetically by last name of individual, group name, or subject name. Citations include specifications about inclusions of bibliographies, discographies, music examples, illustrations, and lists of works in the entries. Also includes length of entries and name(s) of author(s).

Pros: Convenient compilation of the people/topics related to black music found in the New Grove and Harvard dictionaries.

Cons: Only covers the content of two dictionaries, source field is narrow.

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Southern, Eileen, and Josephine Wright. African-American Traditions in Song, Sermon, Tale, and Dance, 1600-1920. Westport, Conn,: Greenwood Press, 1990. Humanities Ref N 6538 .N5 x62 1990 (Not in Music Reference Library)

Use: Annotated, classified bibliography that covers a 300 year time span of the cultural history of African-Americans in the United Stated.

Coverage: Contains 2,328 annotations the authors felt were historically significant in the development of African-Americans in the United States. Contains annotations of literature, artworks, collections of tales, and songs.

Organization: Entries are organized by era, such as: The Colonial-Federalist Era, The Antebellum Era, The Post-Emancipation Era, and The Early Twentieth Century. Under each era, entries are divided into three categories: Literature, Artworks, and Collections of Tales and Songs. Entries are organized alphabetically by last name of author and contain an annotation of the work and a brief description of the work. A Subject Index and Song Index are included.

Pros: Contain many different works other than songs that may be helpful in music research.

Cons: Only covers a small time span 1600-1920 and only applies to America.

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