Use: Helpful for finding the catalogues, historical notices, articles and inventories of musical instrument collections found in the stated libraries.
Coverage: Contains a listing of catalogues, articles, inventories, historical notices of musical instrument collections found in a multiple of libraries such as Deutsches Museum, Berlin, British Museum, London, etc. Also included is the literature about regional, national, and international expositions (see preface for further details). Decisions on whether to place a citation were quite subjective.
Organization: Following a thorough preface, sections providing information on locations for hard-to-find institutions, and abbreviations are provided. The bulk of the book (Section I) includes not only the institutional entries, but also the literature of lesser expeditions such as “salons,” “foires,” “Messe,” and those like them. Section I is organized alphabetically by institution. “Citations beneath each entry in Section I are divided into three categories. The first category (unmarked) includes the most important materials – a catalogue or other useful list of an institution’s holdings, and in some case, prose works standing in lieu of a true catalogue or list. The second category (marked by the symbol “Literature”) includes articles and books that describe and discuss the collections or parts of them. The third category (marked by the symbol “General”) encompasses museum and exposition guides, descriptions and reports – usually official – containing sections dealing with musical instruments. Within the three categories all citations are arranged chronologically. Only the first and second are appropriate for, and used in, Section II.” Entries for private collections are identified by title-page, dealers’ and various secondary sources (See preface for further instruction). This source also includes two appendices: Some Early Inventories, To 1825 and Expositions and Exhibitions, 1818-1978. A General Index and a list of Auctioneers, Antiquarians, and Firms are included.
Pros: Rather extensive in the amount of institutions cited.
Cons: Many of the citations are in a language other than English.
Davidsson, Åke. Catalogue critique et descriptif des imprimés de musique des XVIe et XVIIe siècles dans les bibliothèques suèdoises (excepté la Bibliothèque de l'Université royale d'Upsala). In Studia Musicologica Upsaliensia. Uppsala: Almqvist Wiksells Boktryckeri Ab, 1952. Mus Ref ML 136 .A1 D3
Use: Inventories collections of printed ancient music in Sweden.
Coverage: Includes the most important collections of printed music (of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries) in eighteen Swedish libraries. Excludes private collections (except the Collection Daniel Fryklund à Hälsingborg) and music that was printed in Sweden. Also excludes certain liturgical texts and compositions where the music is of secondary interest. Includes graduals and antiphonies. (See Avant-Propos.)
Organization: Commences with preface and list of libraries. Catalogue alphabetized by composer (or by the first word of a title if the composer is unknown). Each entry includes a list of works by the composer. Information about each musical work includes a complete reproduction of the title page (including font) in the original language, prefaces and dedications, bibliographic notes, and the name of the library in which the score is held. Includes supplementary indexes of editions, printers and cities.
Cons: Current only through 1952. This book contains title page reproductions in many different languages making it difficult to access certain information.
Use: Presents a cumulative list of works represented by the Library of Congress printed cards as well as titles reported by other North American libraries participating in its cooperative cataloging program. Useful as reference and research tool for music and musicology, for locating sound recordings, and for ordering Library of Congress printed cards.
Coverage: Contains entries for music intended for performance including phonorecords(sound recordings), musical or nonmusical produced on all kinds of material: cylinders, discs, tape, and wire phonotape and phonowire recordings. Also provides literature on music and other related materials (libretti and textbooks) included in The National Union Catalog, a Cumulative Author List, and in the Library of Congress Catalog-Books: Subjects. Contains Library of Congress Catalog-Books: Subjects 1950-54 (with publication issued from 1945 on including those printed cards), and Library of Congress Author Catalog-1948-52 with cards printed within those years and from the start of the program in 1943. Book form reorganized in 1953. Can be found on RILM abstracts CDRom.
Organization: Separate volumes include Music and Phonorecords-1953-57 (Vol.27) with Author List and Subject List (Vols. 51-52), Music and Phonorecords by Author-1963-1967 (Vols. 1-2) with Subject Index (Vol.3), and Music and Phonorecords-1968-1972 (Vols. 1-3) with Subject Indexes (Vols. 4-5). New title adopted for years 1973-89 to suggest true scope with title Music, Books on Music, and Sound Recordings, often two volumes for each year. Includes expanded bibliography, musical scores, sheet music, libretti, books on musicians and music, sound recordings (musical, educational or political), and literature on music(libretti and musical texts).Entries include tracing and LC card number. Musical scores include LC call no. and Dewey Decimal classification. Includes names of contributing libraries, with cross-referencing when necessary. Organized alphabetically with certain LC modifications. Bibliographic referencing includes names associated with work, editors, joint authors, performers and performing groups.
Pros: Published semiannually (Jan-June) as well as annually in the last year of quinquennial cumulation.
Cons: No annual cumulation is published.
Use: An index to the Music in Print series.
Coverage: Index covering the musical works contained in the various catalogs in the Music in Print Series.
Organization: Two indexes, one by composer and the other by title, both are alphabetic. Simply refers to a number which specifies a volume or catalog in the Music in Print Series. There is a key to those numbers on the back of the title page.
Pros: Quick and easy reference.
Use: Library of Congress catalog information for each title as well as ISBN and identification of NYPL holdings.
Coverage: All musical subjects including scores. Volumes from 1975-1997. Supplement to the Dictionary catalog of the music collection, the Research Libraries of the New York Public Library.
Organization: Volumes by year. All entries are integrated into one alphabetical sequence. Full bibliographic information including tracings is included.
Pros: Current. Example citation given in preface. Includes folk songs, popular music, complete works, manuscripts, record catalogs, etc.
Pazdirek, Francois. Manuel Universel de la Litterature Musicale: guie pratique et complet de toutes les editions classiques et modernes de tous les pays. 32 vols. Vienne: Pazdirek and Co., . Mus Ref ML 113 .U6
Use: This is a handbook of musical publications of all countries and all periods.
Coverage: Claims to reference all editions and arrangements of published works found in publisher’s catalogues. Excludes works that were out of print or only found in manuscript format and works only published privately and not available to the public.
Organization: Alphabetical by composer or title. Collections only list the contents if works aren’t published individually elsewhere. Each entry includes the title, editions, species, prices and publishers. Helpful introduction includes list of abbreviations as well as a long list of publishers whose catalogues were referenced. It appears to be divided into two parts. Part I, volumes 1-18, and assumably part two would be volumes 19-33, but there doesn’t seem to be any change in organization or alphabetical progression between volumes 17 and 19.
Pros: Each entry is in the original language of publication.
Cons: Volumes 18, 26, and 33 are missing in the BYU library (last of the letters L and R, and all of WXYZ).