Biographie universelle des musiciens et bibliographie générale de la musique, 2d ed., 8 vols, with a 2 vol. supplement by Arthur Pougin. General editor François Joseph Fétis. Paris: Librairie de Firmin – Didot et Cie., 1877-81. Music Special Collections ML 105 .F42
Use: Provides biographies of composers, specific dates, and listed works. Also contains useful information within articles for finding location of composer works. Provides general compositional information. Mostly informative for historic context of 19th century France.
Coverage: 1877-1881 known information. Mostly western-European in coverage. Covers composers’ most significant works and life events. Most valuable as a reference tool for 19th century France research.
Organization: Alphabetically organized according to last name. Follows with biographical information, and mentions works throughout summaries. Contains significant dates of composers life and compositional works.
Pros: Includes 2 supplements published in 1881 containing updated information as of 1878. Contains footnotes for futher explanation of article content.
Cons: Not thorough on dates, mostly biographical, and does not contain musical terms. No index or bibliographies included.
Use: Useful for researching the historical musical context of late 19th century Britain. Also contains articles on now obscure musicians dropped in subsequent editions.
Coverage: Covers 1450-1889 in 4 vols. There are international music topics with a British, historical view.
Organization: Standard dictionary format. Each citation gives the author’s name, but no bibliography. Vol. 4 contains a supplement with corrections and additions to the original work. Tables of works are given for significant composers.
Pros: Provides a historical context of the period. Advertisements on pages of the work give reference to other period publications.
Cons: There is no bibliography with entries.