Bate, Philip. The Flute: A Study of its History, Development, and Construction, 2d ed. Instruments of the Orchestra. Toronto: The General Publishing Company Limited, 1979. ML 935 .B25 1979 (Stacks NOT Music Reference)
Use: General reference for historical information on the flute. A guide in tracing acoustical developments and capabilities of the instrument.
Coverage: Surveys flutes used by primitive peoples to those used today. Focuses on the European flute tradition.
Organization: Comprised of fourteen chapters explaining The Work of Theobald Boehm, The Transverse Flute in the Orchestra, and other historical considerations. Five appendixes follow (The Boehm-Gordon Controversy, Named Flute “Systems”, Some Important Fingering Charts, Care and Maintenance of the Flute, A Selective Bibliography). A subject index, name index, and instrument index are found at the end.
Pros: Illustrations of early flutes (black and white) and figures are included.
Cons: Limited bibliographic information.
Use: Helpful for the teacher and student of oboe and bassoon reed making as a reference for books about reedmaking. Could also be helpful in researching reedmaking styles through the 20th century.
Coverage: Although many other books are referenced, emphasis given to articles appearing in the Journal of the International Double Reed Society. Includes theses and dissertations.
Organization: Divided in two parts: oboe and bassoon. Within these sections there are divisions between books, theses and dissertations, articles, and video recordings. Citations contain author, title, and publication information.
Pros: Does includes works concerning reed cane.
Cons: Not a comprehensive list.
Use: A descriptive catalog of the over 1600 instruments in the notable Dayton C. Miller collection. May be used in identifying characteristics of "period" instruments.
Coverage: Includes instruments built from early 1800s to mid-20th century originating from many areas of the world.
Organization: Arranged chronologically by date of acquisition. Information listed for each instrument includes: type, maker, approximate date, length, finger holes/keys, material, and pitch. Also contains an Index by Maker at the conclusion of the book.
Pros: Includes 56 photographs of 22 specimens. Also has entries for unusual and exotic instruments.
Howell, Thomas. The Avant-Garde Flute: A Handbook for Composers and Flutists. The New Instrumentation, vol. 2. Edited by Bertram Turketzky and Barney Childs. Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1974. Music Special Collections ML 935 .H68 A92X 1974
Use: Specialized handbook of "extended" techniques for flute. Intended as a help for composers and performers of avant-garde music in making the connection between composition and performance.
Coverage: Limited to modern flute techniques.
Organization: Prose chapters cover such topics as timbre and intonation, special effects, alteration of pitch, and amplification. Fourteen diagrams and two tables are interspersed throughout. A brief bibliography of musical compositions follows the main body. Author also includes six appendixes dealing with available multiphonics, fingerings for quarter tones, and other topics.
Pros: Precise details of reliability given for each specific multiphonic. Contains a cassette tape with selected examples of techniques.
McCarthy, Keri E. "A Bibliography of Sources Pertaining to the Oboe Reed: Its Manufacture, Physical Aspects, and Ethereal Qualities." Journal of the International Doublereed Society 26 (July 1998): 113‑16. ML 1 .1718x (Stacks NOT Music Reference)
Use: Useful for teachers and students of the oboe as a resource for locating research pertaining to the oboe reed. Also helpful for researching the development of the oboe reed.
Coverage: Includes method books, articles, theses, and Internet sites. Dates for the works cited range from the early 1950's to the late 1990's. Covers only oboe reed making.
Organization: Short introduction to the research given by author. Standard bibliography format alphabetical by composer. Entries give author, title, and publication information. Does not include index.
Cons: No value judgments are given. Not a comprehensive list by authors own admission.
Use: Purpose to provide musicologists, graduate students in music performance, and teachers of instrumental music with a guide to the most important literature for woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments of the orchestra. Not intended as a comprehensive guide to the literature.
Coverage: Includes only a selection of books, articles, and dissertations. Information provides historical discussions of the instruments, bibliographies of music, and discussions of performers and performance practice. Does not include articles from periodicals of limited availability, especially those directed to players of particular instruments. Includes sources in English as well as both Western and Eastern European languages.
Organization: Organized topically by chapter. Listings within each chapter are alphabetized by author, and include the bibliographic citation and a brief description of the source. Contains an index of authors, editors, and translators, and an index of subjects.
Pros: Useful to provide a basic view of the literature available for the instruments concerned. Annotations are very informative.
Use: Specialized bibliography of early woodwind treatises and methods. Particularly beneficial in identifying performance practices of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Coverage: Citations extend from 1645 to 1830. Limited to woodwind treatises. European works only.
Organization: Treatises are arranged chronologically. Cites anonymous works, then those by specific authors. Each listing contains all information on title page, and author commentary. Additional sections include: Books Cited in the Commentary of the Bibliography, Index of Instruction Books (arranged alphabetically according to instrument), and an Index of Publishers, Engravers, and Printers.
Pros: Clear typographical layout. Useful commentary on selected treatises. Includes the particularized details of each title page.