Bach, Johann Sebastian
See Guides to Composers and Their Works—J. S. Bach
Beethoven, Ludwig van
See Guides to Composers and Their Works—Beethoven
See Guides to Composers and Their Works—Berlioz
Handel, George Frideric
See Guides to Composers and Their Works—Handel
Haydn, Franz Joseph
See Guides to Composers and Their Works—Haydn
Grieb, Lyndal. The
Operas of Gian Carlo Menotti, 1937-1972: A Selective Bibliography.
See Annotated Bibliographies—Opera and Musical Theater
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
See Guides to Composers and Their Works—Mozart
Clark, Walter A. Isaac Albeniz: A Guide to Research. Composer Resource Manuals, vol. 45. Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, vol. 1932. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1998. Mus Ref ML 134 .A45 C52 1998
Use: general reference manual to works, research, and reviews of Isaac Albeniz.
Coverage: Includes a brief biography of the composer, a list of primary and secondary research sources, a catalogue of his works, and a discography. Research sources are in various languages.
Organization: Organized into four chapters: One is a short biography. Two cites research materials and is divided into three sections: the first section is for primary sources, secondary sources (books and articles), and reviews of concerts and works. Each citation is followed with an overview by the author. Chapter three is a catalogue of works organized by instrumentation, and chapter four is a discography, also organized by instrumentation. An appendix titled Chronology of Albeniz’s Life lists important events and dates for the composer. Index 1 is a list of authors and subjects found in chapters one and two, Index 2 is an alphabetical list of works, and Index 3 is an alphabetical list of performing individuals and groups found in chapter 4.
Pros: clear layout, easy to use - biography and chronology are helpful if the novice researcher needs specific dates.
Cons: author’s bias
Constapel, Britta. Der Musikverlag Johann André in Offenbach am Main: Studien zur Verlagstätigkeit von Johann Anton André und Verzeichnis der Musikalien von 1800 bis 1840. Würzburger musikhistorische Beiträge, Band 21. Tutzing: Hans Schneider, 1998. Mus Ref ML 145 .A62 A3 1998
Use: Directs user to the resources of the Johann André music.
Coverage: Catalogues all holdings of the Johann André music collection (an extensive collection of music composed between 1800 and 1840) in 1998.
Organization: Three parts: Der Musikverlag André von 1800 bis 1840, Verzeichnis der Verlagswerke von 1800 bis 1840, and Register zum Verzeichnis der Verlagswerke. The first part outlines the life of Johann André and the origin of the music collection. The second and third parts list all holdings in the collection: by catalogue number (VNr.) in part two, by composer in part three. Parts two and three each open with an introduction to navigation. Entries in part two list the VNr., composer, title and instrumentation, original selling price, and opus number. Part three has three categories, each ordered alphabetically by composer: Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, and Other Works. Entries in part three list the VNr., title and instrumentation, and opus number.
Pros: References each work by catalogue number and composer. Lists original selling price of each item.
Antokoletz, Elliott. Bela Bartok: A Guide to Research, 2d ed. Composer Resource Manuals, ed. Guy A. Marco, vol. 40, Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, vol. 1926. Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, vol. 1926. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1997. Mus Ref ML 134 .B18 A7 1997
Use: Good springboard for beginning and advanced Bartok research. Obtain a brief sketch of his life, find a listing of compositions and their publishers, and use the annotated bibliographies of primary and secondary sources for further study.
Coverage: Lists all his compositions and their publisher information. Includes over 200 sources—letters, articles, and journals--written by Bartok. Over 1200 references made up of conference reports, journals, dissertations, books, and databases. These sources include works by authors acquainted with Bartok and articles about his importance in world music.
Organization: Divided into six sections. The History of Bartok’s Musical Development is a prose introduction about his life. Published Compositions list compositions chronologically by genre. Each composition lists some or all of the following information: publisher, completion date, first performance location, performers, and thematic catalogue number. Section three, Bartok’s Writings and Other Documents, is arranged chronologically. The remaining three sections are Biographical and Historical Studies, Studies of Bartok’s Musical Compositions, and Discussions of Institutional Sources for Bartok Research and Essays in Collected Volumes. These sections are divided into topics with annotated references. There is also an Author-Title Index; Index of Bartok’s Compositions, Keyboard Editions, and Transcriptions; Index of Proper Names; and Subject Index.
Pros: Includes secondary and primary sources on Bartok. The four indices provide many different angles to find specific information. Straightforward and accessible research tool for beginning or experienced researcher.
Quigley, Thomas. Johannes Brahms: An Annotated Bibliography of the Literature, 2 vols. With a foreword by Margit L. McCorkle. Metuchen N.J. and London: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1990 and 1998. Mus Ref ML 134 .B8 Q5 1990 and ML 134 .B8 Q52 1998
Use: Directs user to literature about Johannes Brahms, his life, and his music. Volume one covers literature through 1982; volume two covers literature from 1982-1996.
Coverage: Extensive, international coverage of published literature relating directly and tangentially to Brahms, his life, and his music. through 1996. Includes entries for periodical articles and dissertations.
Organization: Each volume contains seven parts: Historical and Research Information, Brahms Himself, Brahms Relations with Other People, Works, Brahms the Musician, Miscellaneous Subjects, and Brahms’s Perpetuation. Each part has several subcategories under which sources are cited alphabetically by author. Each entry includes bibliographic information, a list of inclusions (illustrations, index, notes, etc.), and edition information. A “Checklist of Examined Indexes and Other Bibliographic Aids” follows the introduction. Three indexes: Personal Name Index, Index of Titles, Monographic Series, and Degree Granting Institutions, and Newspaper and Magazine Index.
Pros: Most current, comprehensive bibliographic resource for research about Johannes Brahms. Some cross-referencing.
Cons: Minimal annotations.
Use: Used as a source on the life of Benjamin Britten particularly the date and occasion of his compositions. Helpful in locating titles and scores for his incidental music and recording in which he is a performer, conductor or speaker.
Coverage: Author attempts to be comprehensive of all compositions of Britten. Much of the information used to create this reference guide was taken from the Britten- Pears Library and Archive which includes a sizable portion of the correspondence and manuscripts pertaining to the life of Benjamin Britten.
Organization: Begins with a chronology of Britten’s life and works as shown from the resources of the Britten- Pears Library and Archive. Works appear at the date of completion. Indicates published works, premiere of performance and other activities of Britten’s life. Second section is a catalogue of incidental music divided by genre and listed chronologically. Entries give title, date of composition, and purpose (ie. the film and/or director associated with the composition) Also gives a physical description of the manuscript and commentary on music as well as instrumentation. Gives location of the original manuscript. Third section lists Britten’s recorded repertoire comprised of all commercially issued recordings. Divided into 3 sections. Britten as conductor, violist, and speaker. Gives date of first publication, title of work, composer, and record company code. Fourth section is a select bibliography of the writing and broadcasts related to Benjamin Britten. Indexes of Britten’s works and a general index included at the end.
Pros: Detailed information on the incidental music written by Britten.
Use: Intended as a guide for those wishing to do further research on the works of Peter Maxwell Davies.
Coverage: Includes citations of review, interviews, and articles on Peter Maxwell Davies that the author could find up to 1994. No specific criteria for inclusion is mentioned. Also includes a Discography and List of Works, neither having specific criteria for inclusion.
Begins with a very brief biography of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. This information
is followed by a list of Works and First Performances, arranged alphabetically
by composition title. Each entry includes a description of each work and information
on publication and first performance(s), including location, date and performers,
manuscript location, and recordings. All works with references in the Bibliography
are followed by bibliography citation numbers. The next section is a Discography,
including sound recordings in all formats. They are arranged alphabetically
by work, followed by a listing of the recordings in chronological order. Each
entry includes the recording company, number, date, format, and, where possible,
re-releases. The main body consists of a Bibliography arranged alphabetically
by author. There are two sections to this main body: first, articles and reviews,
second, books, theses, and dissertations. A brief Filmography follows, listing
several videotape and film sources concerning the composer. This is followed
by a Chronological Listing arranged by date of composition. Finally, an Index
of References to persons, places, and organization concludes the book.
Cons: This is a provisional work, not definitive.
Uses: Identify reference material concerning Claude Debussy.
Coverage: International. Reference and research works to 1990. Biographical synopsis included.
Organization: Chapters, by broad topic: chronology of life and works, catalogue of musical works, listing of correspondence and interviews, publications concerning correspondence and interviews. Studies on biographical issues. Studies on Debussy's music and aesthetics. Miscellaneous studies. Listings are thoroughly annotated. Appendixes include listing of Debussy’s works.
Pros : Listings of Debussy related research materials seem very thorough. Clear, descriptive annotations make this a very accessible research aid.
Use: Directs reader to known published and unpublished works composed by George Gershwin; lists available recordings for each work. Describes the context in which each work was composed and an analysis of its musical value.
Coverage: All known published and unpublished works by George Gershwin. Recordings of these works through 1984.
Organization: Two parts: Published Works and Unpublished Works. Each part lists works chronologically. Each entry under Published Works lists lyricist (“instrumental” specified for non- vocal works), key, time signature, and tempo followed by brief abstracts about: the first performance, lore, lyrical and musical analysis, and major recordings. Entries under Unpublished Works list only a few of the above, usually lyricist, first performance, and/or lore. Three indexes: Index of Recording Artists, Index of Compositions, and General Index.
Pros: Extensively annotated entries. Three indexes provide additional points of access.
Cons: Outdated recording listings (current only through 1984).\
Use: Extensive catalog of Griffes' known works with descriptive commentary. Suitable for surveying the life and works of this lesser-known American composer.
Coverage: Author claims to present a comprehensive cataloging of all works of Griffesˆfrom unfinished works to his orchestral music.
Organization: Entries are cataloged chronologically, according to genre. First, Griffes' Completed Works (Songs, Piano Music, Orchestral Music, Chamber Music, Choral, Organ), then Unfinished Works, Sketchbooks, and Arthur Tomlinson Pieces. Each listing contains dates of origin, publication, first performance, and location of manuscripts. In addition, author includes comparisons of all published editions. Also contains quotations of Griffes and selected examples of music. Seven separate appendixes cover such topics as Diaries, Chronological List of Completed Works, and List of Works Available for Rental. Notes, Bibliography and a general index conclude the book.
Pros: Informative essay provides an introduction to Griffes. Includes several black and white photos and numerous examples of his music. Essays accompany each genre covered (piano music, songs, etc.).
Kirkpatrick, John, compiler. A Temporary Mimeographed Catalog of the Music Manuscripts and Related Materials of Charles Edward Ives. Printed by the author: 1960. Reprinted: Yale University Press, 1973. Mus Ref ML 134 .I9 K6
Use: A typescript catalog of the Ives collection housed in the Yale University Library of Music.
Coverage: Locates Ives’ works from 1887 to 1950 that were donated by Mrs. Ives to Yale in 1955.
Organization: Organized into seven parts: I. Orchestral Music, II. Chamber Music, III. Keyboard Music, IV. Music for the Stage, V. Choral Music, VI. Solo Music, VII. Exercises and other Music. Each piece is listed alphabetically in the seven categories. Following the collection are indexes:. Index of: Titles and incipits; Standard song texts and hymn texts; Dedications; Music Paper; Negative numbers in numerical order; Tunes quoted; Ives’ addresses and phone numbers; Publishers; Names etc. and an envoi.
Pros: The Preface can offer some assistance but is too complex to explain here.
Cons: Typographical layout is confusing and difficult to read.
Simeone, Nigel, John Tyrrell, and Alena Nemcova. Janacek’s Works: A Catalogue of the Music and Writings of Leos Janacek. Catalogue of Writings by Theodora Strakova. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997. Mus Ref ML 134 .J3 .S55
Use: Comprehensive and descriptive catalog of the complete musical works and writings of Leos Janacek. Both unfinished and lost, and choral and instrumental works are detailed. Attempts to categorize the whole spectrum of Janacek’s works and writings.
Coverage: Covers known musical works and writings of Janacek. Provides detailed documentary information for each work.
Organization: Organized into multiple sections, which include: stage works, liturgical, choral, orchestral, keyboard, unfinished, lost, planned works, and writings. Each entry contains: Czech title and English translation, date of composition, test, scoring, manuscripts, publication, performances, and bibliography. Illustrations interspersed throughout.
Pros: Extensive entries. Comprehensive coverage of Janacek’s works, both extant and lost. Most detailed catalogue available of works of Janacek.
Ping-Robbins, Nancy R. Scott Joplin: A Guide to Research. Garland Composer Resource Manuals, vol. 47. Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, vol. 1139. New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc. 1998. Mus Ref ML 134 .J72 P56
Use: Resource guide to published materials and research on Scott Joplin. Includes general bibliography and chronology of Joplin’s life and works. Useful as reference tool for research of Scott Joplin and other ragtime composers
Coverage: Covers broad spectrum of research into compositions, writings, and life of Scott Joplin. Includes research from early twentieth century to present. Also addresses research of other ragtime composers.
Organization: Organized into multiple categories, the major ones of which are: chronology, list of works, general bibliography, collection sheet music, brief discography, festivals, and periodicals. Brief descriptions included with each bibliographic entry. No illustrations.
Pros: Comprehensive listing of compositions and good coverage of sound recordings. Very current.
Cons: No attempt made for up-to-date discography.
Houlahan, Michael, and Philip Tacka. Zoltan Kodaly: A Guide to Research. Composer Resource Manuals, 44. Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, 2060. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1998. Mus Ref ML 134 .K62 H68 1998
Use: An annotated bibliographic reference guide documenting the expanding body of literature devoted to Kodaly.
Coverage: Includes current research to 1998 relating to Kodaly's works as a pedagogue, composer, and ethnomusicologist.
Organization: Opens with a brief biographical outline and a catalog of Kodaly's published compositions (arranged according to genre). Then presents a listing of primary sources, Kodaly's Writings and Other Documents. Remaining chapters include Biographical and Historical Studies, Studies of Kodaly's Musical Compositions, The Kodaly Concept of Music Education, and Dissertations and Theses. Finally included are three bibliographic Guides: Author-Title Index, Compositions Index, and Proper Names Index.
Pros: In-depth description of each book included. Also presents guide to related organizations and specialists for further study.
Use: Bio-Bibliography of composer Ernst Krenek.
Coverage: International coverage.
Organization: Biography-prose, Compositions- chronological by opus number assigned by the composer; includes discography and instrumentation, Writings and Bibliography- writings about Krenek listed alphabetically by author; titles by Krenek listed by opus number. Appendix A includes compositions, titles and genres. Appendix B includes writings and titles.
Pros: Author responsible for Ernst Krenek Archives at UCSD. Preface includes sources, abbreviations, list of libraries and list of publishers.
Use: A selective bibliography of sources written entirely, predominantly, or partly about Mahler and his influences. Intended as a reference tool for Mahler connoisseurs.
Coverage: Lists significant publications about Mahler which are identified in standard Mahler literature up through the 1980's. Only included if written or translated into Western-European languages.
Organization: In the first 2 volumes, sources are grouped in these categories: Monographs, Collections and Reference Works, Theses, Catalogs and Concert Programs, and Articles from Periodicals, Annuals, and Other Serials. Material within categories alphabetized by title and numbered consecutively. Indexes and cross-references point to those numbers. Entries include title and bibliography, source materials used by the author, keywords about the work, and annotations (quotes in annotations have been translated into English). Volume 3 includes indexes. The author index includes all authors and editors mentioned, and their works listed with short bibliographies and cross-references to locate alternate name forms. The title index is alphabetical.
Pros: Materials are marked “Not consulted,” or “Bibliographically not verified” if not seen or verified by the author.
Cons: Inclusions may be biased since the author includes what he considers important. Emphasizes standardized works. Large discrepancies between the original and variants are noted in the annotations.
Reviews: Blaukopf, Herta. Nachrichten zur Mahler-Forschung, Germany 19 (March 1988): 9- 10; Floros, Constantin. Neue Zeitschrift für Muzik, Germany CXLIX/6 (June 1988) 74-5; Krueger, Wolfgang. Forum Musikbibliothek: Beiträge und Informationen aus der musikbibliothekarischen Prax/4 (1990) 314-16; Williamson, John Gordon. Music and Letters LXX/2 (May 1989): 268-273.
Simeone, Nigel. Oliver Messiaen: A Bibliographical Catalogue of Messiaen’s Works; First Editions and First Performances; With Illustrations of the Title Pages, Programmes, and Documents. Musicbibliographische Arbeiten, Band 14. Tutzing: Verlegt Bei Hans Schneider, 1998. Mus Ref ML 134 .M54 S55 1998
Use: Find bibliographic information on Messiaen’s first editions and obtain information about dates, places of composition, scoring, and first performances for each piece.
Coverage: Includes Messiean’s published compositions, unpublished compositions disseminated through recordings, and his own prose writings. Does not contain his many programme notes.
Organization: It is divided into three sections—Published Works, Unpublished Works, and Shorter Writings. Each section is arranged chronologically by composition date. The Published Works entries each contain a facsimile of the title page, title, composition date, scoring, dedication, first performance, first edition, collations, plate numbers, publication date, wrappers, format, engraver, printer and notes. The Unpublished Works entries contain available and reliable information about each composition. The Shorter Writings list of his prose writings. There are two journal articles on French music and publisher printing records in the appendix, a bibliography, an Index of Works and a General Index.
Pros: Black and white print of the original edition title page for each work is printed on the page opposite the corresponding entry. Black and white prints of programs and advertisements interspersed throughout. Each entry well documented, making it possible to find the original source.
Hirschmann, Thomas. Charlie Parker: Kritische Beiträge zur Bibliographie sowie zu Leben und Werk. Mainzer Studien zur Musikwissenschaft, Band 31. Tutzing: Hans Schneider, 1994. Mus Ref ML 134.5 .P37 X62 1994
Uses: A definitive source concerning the life and works of jazz musician, Charlie Parker. Contains commentary on other sources written about the famous alto saxophonist.
Coverage: Covers entire career of Charlie Parker, focusing on the years 1942-1955 when his most original work was done.
Organization: Organized into five sections: first, an introduction; second, the source matierials consulted for Parker’s life and works; third, references to Parker from secondary sources; fourth, a biography; and fifth, a résumé.
Pros: Extensive bibliography including critical references from contemporaries of Charlie Parker.
Cons: With the exception of Parker’s actual music and recordings, most other sources are secondary.
Patterson, Donald L. and Janet L. Patterson. Vincient Persichetti: A Bio- bibliography. Bio- Bibliographies in Music, Number 16. Donald L. Hixon, series adviser. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, Inc., 1988. Mus Ref ML 134 .P6135 P4 1988.
Use: Used as a source on the life and works of Vincient Persichetti. Used to locate articles written about him before and after his death as well as manuscripts and recordings and background information concerning his music.
Coverage: Author attempts to be comprehensive of the compositions of Persichetti, including a discography and selected writings.
Organization: First section is a brief biography of Persichetti. Second section is a list of works and performances arranged alphabetically under genre headings. Lists premiers and other selected performances with cross references. Performances listed chronologically, Includes information on the location of holograph, instrumentation, duration, commission, dedication, and publication.
Third section is a discography listed alphabetically by composition title. Includes commercially produced disc, whether or not they are currently available, information on performers, and album title. Fourth section is an annotated bibliography of over 507 writings about Persichetti. Often contain quotations extracted from the performance reviews. Addendum includes articles published after Persichetti’s death. References are from books, periodicals , and newspaper articles. Fifth section is an annotated bibliography of 54 writings by Persichetti. Appendixes include: Alphabetical List of Compositions, Chronological list of Compositions, Order of Compositions by Opus Number, and a general index.
Pros: Cross references to other parts of the bibliography are very helpful.
Use: Researcher interested in the life and works of William Schuman.
Coverage: Book includes biographical information as well as a selective bibliography of his works, published up until 1994.
Organization: Book is divided into five main sections. Section I, the biography contains Schuman’s career with emphasis on his compositional activity. Section II is titled Works and Performances and is a chronological catalog of his works, listed alphabetically–preceded by the mnemonic “W”. Section III is a discography listed alphabetically by composition. These numbers are preceded by the mnemonic “D”. Section IV is a bibliography that is annotated and divided into three parts (all arranged alphabetically by author. These citations use the mnemonic “B”. The final section is titled Writings by Schuman and is an annotated bibliography of works listed in chronological order. Entries utilize the mnemonic “S”. Book finishes with an author, composition and general index.
Pros: Bibliographical information is generally complete.
Cons: Is not meant to be comprehensive, but a selective list of his works based on author’s bias.
Highsmith, Anne L., and D. Douglas Miller, comps. Heinrich Schutz: A Bibliography of the Collected Works and Performing Editions. Music Reference Collection, eds. Donald L. Hixon and Adrienne Fried Block, no. 9. New York, Westport, Conn. and London: Greenwood Press, 1986. Mus Ref ML 134 .S412 M5 1986
Use: Helpful to
the performer or scholar wishing to identify certain basic information about
each work by Heinrich Schutz, including editions which exist for each work
and bibliographic information regarding each edition.
Coverage: The inclusion and exclusion of certain works was based on the assessments of authenticity in the works list by Joshua Rifkin and Derek McCulloch in The New Groves. After this, the recorded information is included only for editions that the authors actually had in hand. This includes all published volumes of the three collected works projects (Breitkopf, Barenreiter, and Hanssler) and approximately 750 performing editions. All available editions of Barenreiter and Hanssler were also purchased for inclusion.
Organization: The Bibliography is organized by SWV numbers, 1-496. Each citation includes the following 14 items: uniform title for the work, indication of secular or sacred text for which the work was based, textual sources on which the work is based, forces necessary to perform the work, ranges of voice parts, duration of the piece, number of the edition being cataloged, publication information, notes on editor and continuo realization, languages of text for that edition, notes designed to aid the conductor in performing the work, publisher’s catalog number, and indication of whether the performing edition has been transposed from the ranges provided in the previous information. Some citations also include a category of “Other editions” information at the end. Consult the example citation and list of abbreviations before beginning research. Three helpful indexes are a Title Index, Source (of text) Index, and Performing Forces Index.
Cons: The information is included only for editions that authors actually had in hand.
Skei, Allen B. Heinrich Schütz: A Guide to Research. Garland Composer Resource Manuals, vol. 1. Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, vol. 272. Edited by Guy A. Marco. Advisory editor, Barry S. Brook. New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1981. Mus Ref ML 134 .S412 S5
Use: Provides a guide to Schütz’s literature. It increases the awareness of his literature for further research and study for the student and the scholar. Also, this can be useful for the study of seventeenth-century music generally for the student or as a checklist and review for the scholar.
Coverage: Includes a list of Schütz’s compositions, information on modern additions of his music, and lists of categorized reference materials from specialized bibliographies such as RILM Abstracts and Music Index. These and other such indexes (noted in the preface) were valuable in the author’s basis for selection (no other information on selection process is given). Also includes a section of maps and illustrations dealing with Schütz’s life.
Organization: Divided into six major sections. The first section is a list of Schütz’s compositions and is arranged chronologically by the SWV number (see below). Each entry includes the song title, opus number, date and place of composition, number of voices, instruments or ensembles (may give information on what kinds of instruments). Entries include volume numbers of the following thematic catalogs where applicable: Spitta, Gesamtausgabe (GA), Neue Schütz-Ausgabe (NSA), Stuttgarter Schütz-Ausgabe (SSA). This section also provides information about other informative catalogs of his music, mainly Werner Bittinger’s Heinrich Schütz-Werke-Verzeichnis (SWV). The final five sections provide citations with annotations of scholarly reference materials, arranged by subject according to each section. Each citation in these sections is arranged alphabetically by author. An Author index, an Index of Compositions of Schütz, a General Index of Proper Names as well as a map and illustration section are also included.
Pros: Sections by subject and indexes are helpful for faster searching. Maps and Illustrations can be helpful for research.
Cons: Not much information on criteria offered in the preface or elsewhere.
Heintze, James R. Igor Stravinsky: An International Bibliography of Theses and Dissertations, 1925-87, 2d ed. Detroit Studies in Music Bibliography, ed. Bunker J. Clark, no. 61. Warren, Mich.: Harmonie Park Press, 1988. Mus Ref ML 134 .S96 H4 1988
Use: Find listings and brief descriptions of dissertations, theses and undergraduate essays on Stravinsky’s life and compositions.
Coverage: Contains 396 doctoral dissertations, master’s theses, and bachelor’s essays from 138 colleges in fifteen countries, between 1925 and 1987. Includes papers about Stravinsky’s life, compositions, and 20th century music that refers to Stravinsky.
Organization: All entries are listed alphabetically by author. Each entry contains information about the paper--author, degree awarded, university, completion date, length, and presence of any musical examples, charts, plates, appendixes, discography, and bibliography. Then it has a quote from the paper explaining the purpose, number of chapters, page numbers devoted to Stravinsky, and journal articles written by the author based on the dissertation. The details included vary depending on applicability and availability at printing. The two indexes include a College and University Index and a Subject and Title Index.
Pros: Includes dissertations that don’t focus on Stravinsky but refer to him. Entries concise and clarify purpose.
Cons: No judgment statements on a paper’s quality or value for research.
Harwood, Gregory. Giuseppe Verdi: A Guide to Research. Composer Resource Manuals, vol. 42. Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, vol. 1004. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1998. Mus Ref ML 134 .V47 H37 1998
Uses: Guide researchers by annotated reference, through "some of the most significant studies about the composer" so the researcher can "ascertain the relevance of individual items.and pursue significant patterns and threads in which they are interested."
Coverage: Scholarly. Current to 1997. Confined mostly to references in European languages. Most major scholarly, bibliographies and indexes, relevant periodicals and the Verdi holdings are the Elmer Holmes Babst Library at New York University are drawn upon for this guide.
Organization: Divided into 17 chapters. Topics are alphabetical within each chapter. The first three chapters include significant reference materials: bibliographies, catalogues, special archives and collections, iconographic documentaries, and correspondence documents. The next chapters provide a list of significant biographies about Verdi, an addendum listing biographical publications about people closely associated with Verdi, selected works dealing with Verdi's librettists, publishers, and other associates. The final group of chapters offers general studies: conference and congress reports; studies on Verdi's musical, cultural, political, social milieu, and performance history.
Pros: Most major/prominent research concerning the composer listed. Large scope and thorough annotation make this guide a valuable tool for Verdi scholars.
Cons: Does not include incipits.
Use: Provides user with a list of known editions, early performances, and pertinent information for all known works by Giuseppe Verdi. Facsimile copies of title pages included with some entries.
Coverage: Lists all known works by Verdi, including those now lost. Each entry includes listings of early editions in Italian, French, German, and English.
Organization: Volume one lists vocal and instrumental works; volume two lists operas. Each volume is organized chronologically. Each entry lists the opus number, the common title or titles, the opening thematic incipit, and a list of important early editions and essential information about them. Six appendices: List of Manuscripts, List of Dedicatees, Notes on Publishers, Lucca’s Pictorial Title Pages, Collected Editions of Songs, and List of Works Consulted. Index of song first lines and titles in Italian, French, German, and English. Plates of facsimile title pages interspersed throughout.
Pros: Thematic incipits in full score. Includes several valuable appendixes which provide additional information and points of access. Lists of supplemental literature included with many entries.
Cramer, Eugene Casjen. Tomás Louis de Victoria: A Guide to Research. Garland Composer Resource Manuals, vol.43. Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, vol. 1931. New York: Garland Publishing Company Incorporated, 1998. Mus Ref ML 134 .V52 C72 1998
Use: Identifying and locating surviving manuscripts, first editions and anthologies containing the music of Tomás Louis de Victoria. Updates RISM listings for his printed works.
Coverage: 181 works by Victoria that were published in his lifetime, as well as 17 works in manuscript, 14 with questionable authorship, and 3 works mentioned in archival sources of which no copies are existent. The location of his manuscripts and first prints are specified.
Organization: Divided into 13 Chapters with two indexes (by title and by name and subject) closing the volume. Published Music is organized by original printing order, and contains only titles. Location of Copies in Printed Editions cites all locations of the original printed music, and also includes parenthetical notes about them. Publication History gives original publisher information and the dates of printing during Victoria’s life. Printed Anthologies lists all anthologies Victoria is included in from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Manuscript Sources includes city, library (RISM) location, details of the manuscript, date, format, and a listing of works included in the manuscript for the 16th through 19th century. Attributed Sources, Dubious Works, and Works Mentioned give title and location information, as well as the other possible authors. A bibliography of secondary literature is included, followed by a listing of modern editions. Film/video sources, and a chronology of Victoria’s life are also given.
Pros: Well organized. Strong, complete bibliographical information. Very current.
Use: A collection of papers describing the life and works of Kurt Julian Weill and his wife Karoline Wilhelmine Blamauer, also known as Lotte Lenya.
Coverage: The papers date from 1890-1984. They cover Weill and Lenya's years in Germany through their careers in the United States. Includes Lenya’s performances, recordings, films, radio plays, television appearances, and awards.
Organization: Includes the music by Weill, arrangements for Lenya, correspondence, programs, photographs, documents, writings by Weill and Lenya, scripts and lyrics for works by others, interviews, biographical items, financial items, and loose clippings from Weill and Anna Krebs scrapbook. The music is organized by box and folder number. Each entry includes the title, voice type, language of text, author of text, translations, dates, number of pages, type of manuscript, and edition.
Pros: Fairly strong in description of Weill’s musical works
Cons: Does not include incipits.
Butterworth, Neil. Ralph Vaughan Williams: a Guide to Research. Composer Resource Manuals, vol. 21. Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, vol. 779. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1990. Mus Ref ML 134.V3 B9 1989
Use: Attempt at a comprehensive list of research on the composer and his music up to date of publication.
Coverage: Includes a list of works, discography, and bibliography of literary writings by the composer, text sources, and primary and secondary research sources. Research sources include articles, reviews, newspaper articles, and books. The author has included a brief description of each citation. Sources are in various languages (mostly in English).
Organization: Divided into chapters. The first two chapters include a list of compositions and a discography. The second and third chapters cite the composer’s own literary writings and the writings on which he based his music. The fifth chapter covers bibliographic citations of research, and the sixth chapter includes a list and description of important people in Vaughan Williams’ life. There is an integrated General Index of authors and subjects, Index of Works, and an alphabetical artist index for the discography.
Use: Musicians and researchers interested in the works of R.V. Williams.
Coverage: Contains information on the works of R.V. Williams covering a span of 80 years from age 6 to 85. Includes program notes by Vaughan Williams himself in some cases.
Organization: Book is divided into three main sections: A List of Works, Folk Songs Collected by Vaughan Williams and a Bibliography of the Literary Writings of Ralph Vaughan Williams. These sections are preceded by a general introduction and are followed by three different indexes; listed alphabetically, by works, and a general index. Entries of works contain details about voicing, scoring, text, performances, the composers own notes and the manuscript location.
Pros: Entries are detailed, providing little known facts about each work.
Cons: Does not contain publishing information.
Use: Conveys the whole range of activities and commitments of Walton's life.
Coverage: Includes information on main events in Walton's life; his works, letters, and manuscripts; and first performances and recordings of his works.
Organization: Opens with a forward and acknowledgments. Divided into four main sections: Chronology of Life and Works, Manuscripts and First Editions, Letters, and Recordings. The Chronology of Life and Works is in table format and spreads horizontally across both pages. Y - axis includes date, X - axis includes life events, work and first performance information. Manuscripts and First Editions is alphabetized by title of composition and includes information on the physical layout and textual contents of the manuscripts and first editions (such as manuscript size, binding, transcription of title page, number of pages, autograph information). Letters provides the locations of collections of Walton's letters. Alphabetized by location. Recordings lists Walton's recorded works (alphabetized by title), recordings Walton conducted (includes venues and dates), and recordings with Walton as the speaker (arranged by date). Concludes with a selected bibliography and a general index.