Annotated Bibliographies by Topic (ML 120-128 and VARIOUS)


Choral Music
ChoralNet: The Internet Center for Choral Music.


ChoralNet: The Internet Center for Choral Music. http://www.choralnet.org/index.shtml. Accessed July 27, 2001.

Use: A resource guide for choral musicians, as well as amateurs interested in choral music. From the website: used to "facilitate online communication and making online resources available to the choral profession."

Coverage: Sanctioned by the International Federation of Choral Music (IFCM). Run by a staff of 37 people who help to maintain current information about choral music. Includes over 1000 links to other choral related web sites, an extensive listing of choral repertoire (currently available only in English, but larger database than Musica. See Repertory Guides —Choral Literature), rehearsal information, performance information (including listings of festivals and competitions, as well as tour organizers and promoters), technical aids (choir management, recording services, software, choir apparel, audio, etc.), a reference guide, education links and links to American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), IFCM, Chorus America and Musica. Some of the resources are available in French, German and Spanish.

Organization: Homepage includes links to items discussed above in coverage, as well as links to the history and managment of ChoralNet, News, ChoralNet highlights, Web Message Boards, Choir Websites, E-mail lists (Choralist, ChoralTalk, ChoralAcademe) and New Resources. Each subsection has its own webpage with subheadings. For instance under Reference there are several catagories such as: Copyright and licensing, General reference information, Books on Choral Music and Conductingk, Philosophy of choral music, etc. Under each of these links are direct links to other website, or to bibliographies of reference material with short annotations.
Under Repertoire you can do a quick or advanced search of the database, or browse by composer. A search will return information on the left part of the page. When a work is selected, the webpage will display information about about the work, including the title, composer, and composers dates. Also included are listings under the following headings:
Resources (where you can submit your Own review, suggestions, or translations)
Internet Resources (including biographies or webpages of the composer)
Recordings
Composition Information (includes Repertoire Lists and Noted Performances, Category, Voicing, Instrumentation, Language, Difficulty, Lyricist, Duration, Opus Number, Year of Composition)
Publication Infomation (including publisher, publication number and suggested price.)

Pros: Great beginning resource for research on choral music. More repertoire listings than Musica. Up-to-date and well organized with comprehensive and understandable links. Repertoire guide includes links to downloadable sheetmusic.

Cons: Repertoire lists are not as detailed as those in Musica. Little information is given on many works. No method of submitting corrections or amendments other than as a comment or a review. Repertoire headings only in English. Bibliographies are not detailed, and often the citations are incomplete (they only list the title and author), also no good organization scheme for the bibliographies, they seem to be listed by order of submission. Difficult to find specific texts.

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