Repertory Guides (ML 128, 1100)
Use: Concise catalog of twentieth-century compositions, arrangements of pre-twentieth-century music, and composers and publishers associated with ASCAP. Compositions include works for symphony, chamber orchestra, chamber ensemble, and choral works. Intended to assist performer in choosing ASCAP-licensed music for non-dramatic performance.
Coverage: 26,000 American symphonic, chamber orchestra, chamber ensemble (10 instruments or more) and choral works, composed from 1914 to 1977. Also lists arrangements licensed by ASCAP and foreign composers whose U.S. performances have been licensed. Titles in original languages.
Organization: Includes a Table of Contents and List of Abbreviations used in the book. The main body lists works alphabetically by composer, their instrumentations, durations, and publishers. There is a key to publisher’s abbreviations and list of their addresses in the back.
Pros: 26,000 works included. Clear layout.
Cons: Only includes works licensed by ASCAP. Badly outdated by 22 years.
Use: A Catalog of orchestral works concerned with the performance time of the repertoire, for program planning purposes for time limited broadcasts and such.
Coverage: According to the author “The book lists practically all the works of composers who appear in the repertoire of the world orchestras.” The book was published in 1959, therefore anything composed or found after 1959 is not included.
Organization: Alphabetical by composer. Under each composer, works are listed alphabetically. It gives the ensemble and performance time. The book lists publishers that were used in its compilation in a preface to the catalog, but not with the individual works.
Pros: Clear typography. It gives times of the individual movements in larger works.
Cons: No publication information given with individual works.
Use: International list of orchestral works.
Coverage: No composition is included unless examined and verified - obscure works that could be examined are included while unfound significant compositions are omitted. Titles of works are in original languages. Cites works from the beginnings of orchestral composition to 1996.
Organization: Listed by composer alphabetically. Each citation includes composer’s life span, title of work, instrumentation (with suggestions), editor, publisher, and duration. Some citations include notes from the author. An appendix cites works with additional instrumentation (with chorus, solo voice, and solo instruments). Other appendices index works by instrumentation, duration, and nationality. More appendices state significant anniversaries of composers, list composer groups for thematic programming (by nationality) and resources (libraries), and indexes Bruckner symphonies. A title index and publishers directory at end.
Pros: Clearly organized and easy to read – alphabetical key word at the bottom of each page.Current and up-to-date.
Cons: Only includes those works that the author has personally examined and verified; not exhaustive.
Use: Includes repertoire for orchestras large and small, professional and amateur, with or without soloists, chorus, and electronic equipment. Provides information on music currently available for sale or rent from music publishers, and gives addresses for publishers.
Coverage: Covers all compositions and arrangements for eleven or more players, except those works scored solely for wind instruments and theatrical works not intended for concert performance. Includes advertisements for music dealers, journals, publishers, compositions, and books.
Organization: Begins with a Guide to Use and list of abbreviations. The main body is listed alphabetically by author. Each citation includes the composer, original title, duration, instrumentation, publisher, newer editions and their publishers. Works composed or arranged expressly for students are compiled in an Education Section. Publisher’s advertisements complete with index is found in the back.
Pros: clear layout, easy to use.
Use: Bibliography of published orchestral music in U.S. Intended as orchestral performance guide for both standard orchestras and solo ensembles. Operas and oratorios also included.
Coverage: Covers 5,000 titles and collections of published orchestral music for full orchestra and small ensemble. Covers only music published in the U.S.
Organization: Organized by various ensemble types: orchestra, string orchestra, solos with orchestra, and ensemble with orchestra. Each section is listed alphabetically by title of work. Entries include: title, composer, arranger, date of arrangement, and publisher.
Pros: Extensive listings for each ensemble type.
Cons: Badly outdated by 33 years.
Use: Extensive catalogue of American composers of orchestral music in the twentieth century. Intended as performance catalog for conductors, music directors, and orchestra librarians who seek American orchestral works.
Coverage: American-born composers of orchestral music from the last 100 years. Covers both published and unpublished scores.
Organization: Arranged alphabetically by composer’s name and chronologically within each composer’s listings. Each entry includes: name of composer, list of works, instrumentation, and duration of work. Appendices A-F contain sections on orchestral works, time duration, solo instruments and orchestra, chorus and orchestra, list of composer addresses, and list of publishers.
Pros: Extensive coverage of American-born composers.
Cons: Does not include early American composers before 1900.
Use: A guide to orchestral works of well-known Swedish composers.
Coverage: Short biographies of select 20th century Swedish composers, with detailed descriptions of their most significant symphonic literature. Includes concertos, romances, suites, works for string orchestra and chamber orchestra. All titles translated into English.
Organization: Table of Contents - sections ordered alphabetically by composer. Each section gives a biography followed by an alphabetical list of works. No index.
Pro: pictures of every composer, clear layout.
Con: biased basis for inclusion.
Saltonstall, Cecilia D. and Henry. A New Catalog of Music for Small Orchestra. Music Indexes and Bibliographies, ed. George R. Hill, no. 14. European American Music Corporation: Clifton, New Jersey, 1978. Mus Ref ML 113 .M875x no. 14
Use: List of music originally written for small orchestra with a minimum of 3 string parts and 2-12 wind parts.
Coverage: Small orchestra music - concertos are included if there are 3 or more solo instruments. Popular, unpublished, and vocal music are excluded.
Organization: Begins with a list of abbreviations and directory of publishers. Main body includes works organized by composer name. Citation of works follow publisher’s format: author, title (Library of Congress title whenever possible), city of publication, publisher, instrumentation, and duration.
Pros: Great source to find rare works for the small orchestra and where to get the music for them.
Cons: Done with a typewriter, not easy to read. All information comes from secondary sources (Library of Congress Catalogs, National Union Catalog, Boston and NY Public Libraries, Harvard Library).
Use: A listing of Finnish orchestral music and vocal works accompanied by orchestra.
Coverage: Gives some biographical information of select 20th century Finnish composers and basic information about their compositions. Not all titles are translated into English.
Organization: Begins with a list of abbreviations. Composers are listed alphabetically. Each citation includes the places and dates of birth and death, and profession. Below is an alphabetical list of compositions with their durations, instrumentations, and text writers (for vocal works). There is not a Preface, Table of Contents, or Index.
Pro: Clear layout.
Con: no preface explaining the book, or index for quick access to particular composers and titles – author’s bias for inclusion.
Use: A list of main orchestral and chamber music works by select Norwegians, published by the Society of Norwegian Composers.
Coverage: Bibliographic information on published works - pictures and musical background of 20th century Norwegian composers. English translation of all titles.
Organization: Citations organized alphabetically by composer name. Appendices include listings of orchestral works other than symphonies, music for band, and electronic compositions.
Pros: photos of each composer.
Cons: author’s bias for inclusion.