Repertory Guides (ML 128, 1100)
________. String Music in Print, 1984 Supplement. Philadelphia, PA: Music Data Inc., 1984. Mus Ref ML 128 .S7 F4 1973 Suppl.
Use: As stated in the preface this resource is designed for the use of those who wish to obtain music. Catalogues string music in print. Provides a practical aid for performers and teachers.
Coverage: Includes string music that was in print when the catalog was compiled (1973). Music had to appear in publisher catalogues. The 1984 supplement provides updated information through 1984.
Organization: Provides an introduction, a section on how to use the book, and a section on abbreviations and symbols that are used in the book. Catalog organized into sixteen sections, some of which are: Music for One Instrument, Music for Two Instruments, Music for Three Instruments, Music for Nine or Ten Instruments, Music for Voice and Instruments, Chamber Music Scores, Music for Instruments and Electronic Tape, and Orchestral Study Scores. The entries in each section are alphabetized by composer and include the title of the work, instrumentation, editors and publishers, whether the music is for sale or rental. Catalog followed by an index of composers and a list of publishers.
Pros: Excellent table of contents.
Cons: Current only until 1979. (The supplement is current until 1984.)
Iotti, Oscar R. Violin and Violoncello in Duo Without Accompaniment. Based on the work by Alexander Feinland. Detroit Studies in Music Bibliography, 25. Detroit, MI: Information Coordinators Inc., 1973. Mus Ref ML 128 .V4 I6
Use: Provides a graded listing of duets for violin and cello.
Coverage: Duets for the violin and cello composed until 1972. The author attempts to be comprehensive, but admits that he probably falls short of his goal (because of lack of response from conservatories and publishers). (See introduction.)
Organization: Acknowledgments and introduction are followed by the catalog of duets. Arranged alphabetically by composer. Very brief entries include the name of the composer, his/her birth and death dates and locations, a list of works (duets for violin and cello only), and publishers. Three appendices: I -Sources, II - Feinland's Collection: Manuscripts, Copies, and/or First Editions, and III - Publishers, Agents and/or distributors in the United States.
Cons: Out of date. Current only through 1972.
Uses: A pioneering effort in the field of viola bibliography. One of the first compilations of repertoire and literature pertaining to both the viola and the viola d’amore.
Coverage: Claims to include all known viola works to 1937. Covers mainly European, Russian and North American composers.
Organization: Covers three broad categories: Literature (music) for Viola, Literature (music) for Viola d’amore, and Scholarly Writings about the Viola and the Viola d’amore. The largest section is the first, which is divided into 12 sections, each section being further subdivided. Categories range from works for viola solo to viola in various chamber group ensembles, viola and orchestra, viola and voice and multiple viola ensembles. Also includes a list of publishers as well as an author/composer index.
Pros: Informative as a historical source, contains many 19th century references. Also designates by the cross symbol (†) which pieces were written originally for viola.
Cons: Obviously outdated and limited in scope.
________. Discographie sur l’alto. Deuxième édition complétée et corrigée. 1975.
________. Discographie sur l’alto. Troisième édition. 1977.
Uses: A discography of viola music. Useful for determining the existence of a recording as well as a comparison of different artists recording the same works.
Coverage: 1920-1976 (3d edition). Attempts to include all masterpieces, including works for viola and orchestra, viola and piano viola with instrumental ensemble. The genre of chamber music is necessarily limited to works with prominent viola parts or those of historical significance for the viola. (The first and second editions are not nearly as comprehensive as the third.) The third edition lists 383 violists interpreting 433 original works and 349 arrangements.
Organization: Composers and works are listed alphabetically, with different interpretations being listed alphabetically under each work. Only the third edition contains an index to the discography, an element missing from the first two. Prefaces and Introductions are provided in French, English, German and Russian, with the exception of the third edition, where Russian is omitted. Each entry provides the composer, title of piece and/or excerpt, conductor and orchestra (if applicable), soloist(s), collaborative artists, and publishing company. Also included is on what type of media the recording exists.
Pros: An innovation in that it represents the first attempt to compile the recorded repertory for the viola. The second edition supplement contains a discography of Lionel Tertis, and would be better served if individual discographies such as this one were included for the most noteworthy violists.
Cons: The discography is admittedly incomplete, and the third edition covers up to 1976, thus omitting all recordings on viola (and there are many) made in the last quarter of the 20th century.
Uses: Examines viola concertos throughout history, including an annotated bibliography of viola concertos. Useful for historical research on the viola.
Coverage: Covers most concertos written for viola from the earliest known example to 1971. Includes works written for viola and variously orchestrated accompaniments.
Organization: Main body is organized into chapters, including a brief history of the viola, the development of the concerto, performers, and a listing of concerto repertoire. The listing is arranged alphabetically by composer and grouped by instrumentation. A bibliography is also included.
Pros: Very specific treatment of the subject. List of concertos also indicates whether there is a recording.
Cons: Dated and superceded somewhat by other more comprehensive catalogs of works for viola.
Uses: A graded curriculum for viola emphasizing the use of orchestral and chamber music.
Coverage: Very specific recommendations on viola repertoire from elementary levels through the doctoral level. Covers standard method books and widely played solo works. Also includes separate repertoire suggestions for those wishing to specialize in either chamber or orchestral literature.
Organization: Sections are divided by levels, from preparatory through graduate. Each level is further divided into grades, with repertoire suggestions for each grade level. Includes sections on Orchestral literature, excerpts and studies, as well as recommended chamber music works. Also contains a list of publishers.
Pros: Innovative and integrative use of the Orchestral and Chamber music literature. Annotated and graded sections on Orchestral literature are the major asset of this source.
Cons: Curriculum is quite rigid, may not suit all players.
Uses: A concise listing of viola music, from methods to solo to chamber to works with orchestra, including publisher information.
Coverage: Current through 1976, yearly supplements available. A thorough listing of published works for viola, or works including viola (with the exception of orchestral literature). Also includes works for viola d’amore.
Organization: Main body consists of the index listing. A brief table of contents lists major but not all categories. Also contains a list with addresses of publishers and agents referred to in the index.
Pros: Includes alternate editions of each work, with helpful (though dated) publisher information.
Cons: Would be more helpful if graded. By no means comprehensive.
Uses: A compilation of works for viola, offering full bibliographic information for each work listed.
Coverage: Current through 1979. Includes works for viola solo, with keyboard, electronics, or orchestra, and chamber works including viola(s).
Organization: Main body consists of the bibliographic citations for each work including composer’s full name, and dates; title, key, opus number, date of composition, instrumentation; publisher information and whether available for purchase or rent. Organized by general headings, also includes a list of publishers as well as a bibliography.
Pros: More information than a simple index
Cons: Organization is somewhat weaker because of fewer genre categories. Not a graded listing.
Uses: A thorough listing of original viola repertoire.
Coverage: Current through 1985. Lists approximately 14,000 works for viola in over 270 different instrumental combinations, identified as: original, borrowed, or arranged.
Organization: The main body is systematically arranged according to instrumentation. An extensive table of contents lists each category. Indexes include regular contributors, and a publishers and composers index.
Pros: Extensive listing of all repertoire, including historical works.
Cons: Limited biographical descriptions.
Uses: A bibliography of literature about the viola, with an emphasis on scholarly writings. Useful for determining the existence of a work, and if it is available at the Primrose International Viola Archive (PIVA).
Coverage: Approximately 1500-1985. Includes references to books, brochures, reviews, dissertations, periodicals, and manuscripts having to do with the viola.
Organization: The main body of the bibliography is divided in to two lists: the first according to author (includes author, title, and publication information), the second according to title (includes title and author only). Includes prefaces in German, English and French.
Pros: A practical resource for research about viola subjects (excluding repertoire).
Cons: Admittedly not comprehensive, but plans for revision and publication are mentioned .
Uses: A concise lexicon on the history of the viola, including organology, etymology, methodology and a history of the societies related to the viola, and of major viola collections, including the Primrose International Viola Archive housed in the BYU Library.
Coverage: Traces the origin of the modern viola from the first stringed instruments. Contains numerous illustrations, examples and historical citations.
Organization: Main body is organized into broad chapters, each dealing with different aspects of the viola, such as organology, the bow, technique and literature. Contains a brief subject glossary, bibliography as well as a subject/person index.
Pros: Format is easy to understand, and text is engaging.
Cons: Focuses primarily on European and North American viola activity.
Iotti, Oscar R. Violin
and Violoncello in Duo Without Accompaniment.
See Repertory Guides—String Literature—Violin
Markevitch, Dmitry. The Solo Cello: A Bibliography of the Unaccompanied Violoncello Literature.
Wilkins, Wayne, ed. Index of Cello Music Including Index of Baroque Trio Sonatas.
Homuth, Donald. Cello Music since 1960: A Bibliography of Solo, Chamber & Orchestral Works for the Solo Cellist. Berkeley: Fallen Leaf Press, 1994. Mus Ref ML 128 .V5 1994
Use: Presents information on publication, recording etc. of recently written cello music.
Coverage: As indicated in the preface, this resource includes music featuring cello in a solo capacity (solo cello, cello with keyboard, plucked instrument, percussion, tape, electronics, orchestra or ensemble) from 1960 to 1994. Music included must be published, recorded or otherwise available from established musical organizations or the composer.
Organization: Main catalog proceeded by a preface, acknowledgments, and an introduction. The introduction includes a key to understanding entries in the catalog, a section on how to use the catalog and a reference list. Catalog divided into eleven sections that include Cello Unaccompanied, Cello and Keyboard, Cello and Plucked Instrument, Cello and Percussion, Cello and Tape or Electronics, Cello and Orchestra or Ensemble, Cello and Accordion, Cello with non-Western Instrumental Accompaniment, Cello with Miscellaneous Accompaniment. Each entry includes composer, title of work, opus number, date of composition, publisher and distributor information, information on how to send an inquiry regarding the work, first performance data, recording information, notes on the composition, movement information and the duration of the composition. (See introduction.) Followed by an indexes of composers, cellists, music publishers and distributors and record, disc and tape labels.
Pro: Thorough indexing makes it easy to find what you are looking for regardless of how much information you have to begin your search.
Kenneson, Claude. Bibliography of Cello Ensemble Music. Detroit Studies in Music Bibliography, 31. Detroit, MI: Information Coordinators Inc., 1974. Mus Ref ML 128 .V5 K45
Use: As indicated in the preface, this bibliography lists music written for cello ensembles and makes available cello ensemble music with the purpose of promoting cello ensemble playing.
Coverage: Cello music for 2 - 12 players, cello orchestra and 2 - 4 cellos with piano. Excludes duets intended for study purposes and solo sonatas from the Baroque period (those whose second part is the basso continuo). Current through 1974. (See preface.)
Organization: Bibliography proceeded by preface, guide to manuscripts, abbreviations of publishers and key to other abbreviations used in the book. Divided into four main sections - Cello Ensemble Music (subdivided into music for 2, 3 and 4 cellos), Large Cello Ensemble Music, A Selected List of Collections and A Selected List of Works with Piano Accompaniment. Entries include composer, works, publisher, editor, opus number, score and parts information, and movement designations.
Con: Current only through 1974.
Markevitch, Dmitry. The Solo Cello: A Bibliography of the Unaccompanied Violoncello Literature. Fallen Leaf Reference Books in Music, No. 12. Berkeley, CA: Fallen Leaf Press, 1989. Mus Ref ML 128 .V5 M28 1989
Use: Presents information on music written for the unaccompanied cello. Useful to the performer looking for printed parts and scores.
Coverage: Attempts comprehensive coverage of published music for unaccompanied cello through 1989. As indicated in the introduction to section four, also included in this list are works published in facsimile from composers' manuscripts, and music available from music centers, foundations, and publishers.
Organization: Preface and acknowledgments followed by four main sections: Some Points of History, The Emergence of the Cello as a Solo Instrument, A Survey of the Most Significant Works for Unaccompanied Cello, and Catalog of Published Compositions for Cello. The fourth section, Catalog of Published Compositions for Cello, contains the main body of information in this resource. Listed alphabetically by composer, each entry in this section includes the nationality of the composer, birth and death dates, dates of composition, timing, publishers names, copyright dates, catalogue numbers and number of pages. (See the introduction to section four.) Includes seven appendixes: A - List of the Bach Cellos Solo Suites, B - A Few Effective Transcriptions, C - A Choice of Interesting Studies, D - Brief Selective List of Works in Manuscript, E - some Works with Tape, Electronics, Amplified etc., F - Baroque Program, and G - Publishers. The appendices are followed by a reference list.
Pro: Excellent coverage; highly useful for the performing musician.
Wilkins, Wayne, ed. Index of Cello Music Including Index of Baroque Trio Sonatas. Magnolia, Ark: The Music Register, 1979. Mus Ref ML 128 .V5 W5
Use: Find music for a specific configuration of instruments (i.e. cello and piano, cello and flute, string quartet etc.).
Coverage: Attempts to catalog every published solo and chamber work that includes cello.
Organization: Begins with table of contents, a list of abbreviations and symbols used in the index, notes and a list of music publishers. Divided into sections according to instrumentation and/or composition type. Categories include cello methods, cello orchestral studies, cello studies, cello cadenzas, cello alone, duets, string chamber music with and without piano, cello and piano etc. Concise entries include name of composer, name of composition, publisher and the publisher's grading (for level of difficulty) if it exists.
Con: Typeset is too crowded. There is no organized table of contents. There are no indexes. It is difficult to find what you want. It is current only until 1979, but you can purchase a yearly supplement.