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Librarian-curated guide for Music resources.

Featured Books

Music in Cinema
Amplified: A Design History of the Electric Guitar
Nothing But Noise
Sacred and secular intersections in music of the long19th century
Auld lang syne a song and its culture
The Cambridge companion to video game music
The Viennese ballroom in the age of Beethoven

Tips for Searching/Browsing

Call numbers to browse for music-related books: 

Call Number Subject
M Music scores
ML Literature on music
MT Music instruction and study

These call numbers are found on the 5th floor.

Subject headings are often a more accurate and comprehensive way of searching for a topic than keyword searching. Subject headings can be found on the left-hand column of search results in the catalog, or at the end of a book's catalog entry.

Here are some sample subject searches:

Special Resources: Song Lists, Guides, and Translations

When talking about music, bibliographies and indexes of songs are references sources that list musical pieces - many are annotated with information such as range, level of difficulty, tempo, and advice on performance and interpretation. They can be very useful in helping to select a repertoire or programming a recital.

Below are some examples of these sources, and the links will show even more results in the library catalog:

For handbooks or guides to singing diction, or proper pronounciation, try searching broadly for subjects like "singing, choral singing, music, song, diction, pronounciation," or try searching based on the language - for example, "French language--Pronounciation" or "Spanish language--Pronounciation." 

Below are some examples from the library, and be sure also to check out these links to helpful websites for diction help online:

The library has many song collections, or anthologies, that provide exact text and translations for many pieces of music. These can be great resources for performance or for research on a particular song or language in music.

When searching for these collections, try searching for "songs" and then the language or country of origin, like "songs, French" or "songs, Germany." You can also try searching by the song composer or time period.

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