Annotated Bibliographies by Topic (ML 120-128 and VARIOUS)
Miller, Terry E. Folk
Music in America: A Reference Guide.
See Annotated Bibliographies by Topic—American Music and Musicians
Use: Reference guide and historical overview regarding salsa and Latin-jazz music, it’s history in the Caribbean and synthesis into American popular music.
Coverage: Encompasses the African roots and slave traditions up to research completed in 1989.
Organization is cumbersome. Separated into 5 sections. Each section includes
prose history wtih an annotated bibliography and selected discography. Capters
are as follows:
I- Roots, historical information (heavily Puerto Rican)
II- Early Pioneers in Latin music of the Caribbean
III- Afro-Cuban music in New York
VI- Cultural Issues in salsa (political bias)
V- Current research and salsa related issues
Appendix- Research guide and bibliography
Pros: Heavily slighted toward the Puerto Rican impact in the United States verses the Cuban influences. Includes a research guide and selected bibliography.
Cons: Some politically and socially motivated biases are evident.
Use: Find German sources on European Folk Music
Coverage: Sources on European Folk Music in the German language. No date boundaries are given. Some sources are from the as early as the early 19th century, but most come from 1960 to present.
Organization: The book has four chapters: Approaching the Subject, Fields of Folk Music Scholarship, Social Contexts of Folk Music, and Wozu Volkmusic–Past, Present and Future. Each chapter has many sub-heading. Under each sub-heading are the list of sources on that subject with full citation and an annotation.
Pros: Lengthy English annotations and title translations help facilitate the non-German speakers use of the book.
Cons: References only German sources.
Use: Bibliographic information with special emphasis on English language sources. Entire sections ranging from broad general texts to very specific topics. (Macro-Micro)
Coverage: Books, articles, dissertations, specific encyclopedia and dictionary entries, videos and liner notes included. Focus on English language materials, augmented by Hispanic publications when no equivalent is available.
Main body separated into 4 main chapters:
I- General information: grouped geographically, alphabetized by author
II- Styles and Rhythms: grouped by style
III- Biography: grouped alphabetically by artist
VI- Instruments: grouped by instrument name alphabetically
Author and Title index
Pros: Cross referencing tools for Spanish verses English speakers. (Spanish and English alphabetization) Record reviews included when available.
Fleischmann, Aloys, ed. Sources of Irish Traditional Music c. 1600-1855, 2 vols. An Annotated Catalogue of Prints and Manuscripts, 1583-1855. New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1998. Mus Ref ML 128 .F74 F53 1998
Use: Goals of the editor are threefold: 1) to enable Irish song and dance tunes to be identified with access to available information about them; 2) to present evidence of the evolution of Irish vocal and instrumental styles; and 3) to put into renewed circulation previously lost pieces, now re-located.
Coverage: Includes material from principal Irish collections, from 1724 to 1855, materials from Scotland, England and Wales which are related to Irish traditional music and known to be current in Ireland, and works in the Irish tradition from early Scottish and English virginal books and manuscripts in lute and viol tablature. Also contains some 18th century ballad operas.
Organization: Volume One has four general headings: Preface, Introduction, Tune Template and Sources. Introduction is divided into several sub-divisions to give information on the selection of materials, tunes that are of special interest or especially outstanding, a brief history of tune evolution and variation, structure, tonality, and, finally, an “ALPHABETICAL INDEX OF INCIPITS.” Several sections are guides to the use of the TUNE TEMPLATE, a guide to reading the entries on the tunes. Volume One begins the sources references. Volume Two continues the sources, and has a bibliography and four indexes. The first index is for incipits, arranged according to the editor’s musical alphabet, the second for titles, the third is by first lines and the fourth is tunes by category. The sources for the tunes are arranged chronologically. The tunes from each source are arranged within that source alphabetically by incipit, again according to the editor’s musical alphabet.
Pros: There is extensive cross-referencing within the indexes. Once the gist of the Tune Template is understood, the information is easily readable.
Cons: Incipits in the alphabetical index are based on the first notes starting on G. The incipits included with the Tune Template are written in the original tonality. Trying to find the incipit in the index, especially for someone not well versed in music, is difficult to do. Either giving the alphabetical incipit with the Tune Template, or another index co-ordinating the tune title with the incipit would be helpful.
Gray, John. African Music: A Bibliographical Guide to the Traditional, Popular, Art and Liturgical Musics of Sub-Saharan Africa. African Special Bibliographic, No. 14. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1991. Mus Ref ML 120 .A35 G7 1991
Use: Bibliography for research in the musics of the Sub-Saharan regions of Africa.
Coverage: Most research done in the US limiting the majority of materials to English and Western bias. Earliest source dates 1732. The bulk of the materials cover the ethnographic, anthropological, musicological and popular studies of Sub-Saharan Africa from 1890 to printing.
Six sections are included in the main body.
I- Cultural history and performing arts
III- General works and regional/country studies of traditional music
IV- general works in popular music
V- Art music or “elite” musics
VI- African religious music
3 appendixes- reference works; archives and research centers; selected discography
4 indexes- ethnic group; subject; artist; author
Pros: Extensive cross-referencing tools. 3 appendixes and 4 indexes. Focus excludes Northern Africa. Organization is clear and well explained in preface. Most materials are available through the New York Public Libraries.
Heskes, Irene. Yiddish American Popular Songs, 1895 to 1950: A Catalog Based on the Lawrence Marwick Roster of Copyright Entries. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1992. Mus Ref ML 128 .J4 H482 1992
Use: Purpose is to present a comprehensive view of Yiddish American popular songs during this genre’s vital era of creativity. Intended to serve as a reference work, and also to function as a resource catalog and access guide to the large number of Yiddish American popular songs at the Music Division of the Library of Congress.
Coverage: Liturgical works, except those issued in popular style music sheets, are not included in this catalog. Most copyright entries with Hebrew and other non-Yiddish text are also omitted.
Organization: The supplemental material provided at the beginning of the catalog is quite extensive. An introductory historical essay presents an overview on the subject of Jewish sacred and secular music, and places recent developments of this music within the context of Yiddish immigrant life in the United States. Also included are a brief guide to the Yiddish language and its pronunciation, and a list of abbreviations used. The listings are arranged in chronological order by title. Each entry includes Lawrence Marwick’s copyright titles, numbers, and dates, as well as instrumentation, composers, lyricists, arrangers, theaters, copyright proprietors, a brief description of the song, and information about whether the song was published and by whom. English translations are provided for all titles. A description of the sheet music cover is provided when available. Each year in the chronology is marked by a brief introduction that provides helpful background information for that specific period and notes related mainstream Yiddish-style songs. The source includes a bibliography of reference works and suggested supplementary readings, an alphabetical list of publishers, an index of composers, arrangers, and lyricists, and an index of Yiddish song titles. Entries are consecutively numbered, and index references are to those numbers.
Pros: Because of its extensive supplemental information, this resource is useful not only for research on the genre of Yiddish American popular songs, but also for research on historical events in Jewish culture during this era.
Use: Bibliography covering the entire continent of Africa, including the islands and African influences on music in the Western Hemisphere.
Coverage: Included works were published after 1960 or are reprints of earlier works. International in coverage.
Organization: Entirely alphabetical by author’s name. Includes subject and author index.
Pros: Includes many African sources (journals, transcriptions, etc.). Covers all regions in Africa and includes research materials on music foreign to Africa, yet are influenced by African musical traditions (i.e. Afro-Cuban, bembe, bata etc.).
McLean, Mervyn. An Annotated Bibliography of Oceanic Music and Dance, 2d ed. Detroit Studies in Music Bibliography, No. 74. Edited by J. Bunker and Marilyn S. Clark. Warren, Michigan: Harmonie Park Press, 1995. Mus Ref ML 120 .I745 M2 1995
Use: A guide to research in subjects related to Oceanic music and dance.
Coverage: “Oceania,” including all Pacific Islands, together ith New Guinea and nearby islands, including Torres Strait. Australia, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia excluded. Entries include references to books, journal articles, reviews, LP recordings issued with brochures or sleeve notes, manuscripts on file in public institutions, and theses in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
Organization: Arranged alphabetically and chronologically by author, with annotations consisting of an area code, page numbers, and subject.
Cons: Subjects included with references contain very little information and may consist of a single word.
Use: Intended for both the layperson and scholar, the book is a guide to the music of Britain and Ireland.
Coverage: Includes traditional music from Britain and Ireland, mostly from the late 19th century to the present (1989). Also includes reprints of numerous earlier works, works from North America related to British or Irish music (if the British or Irish materials are referred to), and items from fields such as musical archaeology, the prehistory of music, and mythology. Has some unpublished dissertations and theses, and instrumental tutors.
Divided into three main categories:
Introduction: gives a brief outline of the history of collecting and research in the field of traditional music in Britain and Ireland.
Bibliography: sub-divided into two parts: Collections and Research Works. Each is further sub- divided by country (England, Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales). Within the individual sub-divisions the entries are listed alphabetically by author, or, if no author is given, alphabetically by the title of the tune. At the beginning of each of the two sub-divisions is a General Category, which contains items from more than one country or of general interest. Preceding the Bibliography section is information on Reference publications and relevant Journals.
Indexes: There are two, the first is by subject and the second by names.
Pros: Broad based reference book for this topic. Includes many other places to begin research.
Cons: Only includes the later 19th century.
Reviews: Buckley, Anne. The Traditional Music of Britain and Ireland. Traditional Music Yearbook 22 (1990): 151-53.
Dodd, David. The Traditional Music of Britain and Ireland. Notes 47 (December 1990): 391-92.
van der Bliek, Rob. The Traditional Music of Britain and Ireland. Fontes Artis Musicae, Journal of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres 38 (July-September 1991):243.
Rust, Gardner E. The Music and Dance of the World’s Religions: A Comprehensive, Annotated Bibliography of Materials in the English Language. Music Reference Collection, No. 45. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1996. Mus Ref ML 128 .S17 R87 1996
Use: Bibliography of materials regarding music and dance as it relates to religious practices throughout the world. Encompasses the fields of sociology, anthropology, history, linguistics, musicology, ethnomusicology, theology and medicine.
Coverage: Religious practices from the earliest Shamanism to the present day are included. Every geographic area is covered, and all major religious practices within the given area is included. English materials are used exclusively. Books, articles, dissertations, dictionaries and encyclopedias are included.
Organization: Organized by geographical area throughout. First by major geographic area, then by region or country, and finally by religion. Table of contents is expanded and easy to use. Author and Subject index is included.
Pros: Comprehensive text, grouped by geographic area. Informative preface instructing how to use the text and explaining the selection process of included entries.
Cons: English materials only. Majority of materials are mid 1970’s or newer.