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FAQ - Biographical Information (Music Library)

Biographical Information and Dates in the World of Music


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Books to try first

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 2nd ed. 2001. ML100 .G92 (Shelved on the Index Table, in the Reference Section, and available at Oxford Music Online.)  Notes: contains detailed biographical information, lists of works, and bibliographies.


Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. Centennial ed. 2001. ML105 .B175 (Shelved on the Index Table.)


Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Classical Musicians. 1997. ML105 .S612 1997

Performing Arts Biography Master Index. 1982. PN1538 .M37 1982 (Shelved on the Index Table.)  Notes: good for lesser-known figures, but as an older resource it is worth checking the information.

American composers

The New Grove Dictionary of American Music. 1986. ML100 .N45 (Shelved on the Index Table.)


International Who's Who In Music and Musicians' Directory. 17th ed. 2000-2001. ML106.G7 W62  Notes: earlier editions are also available.


Who's Who in American Music: Classical. 2nd ed. 1985. ML106 .U3 W46 (Shelved in the Reference Section.)


Contemporary American Composers: A Biographical Dictionary. 2nd ed. 1982. ML 106 .U3 A5 (Shelved in the Reference Section.)


ASCAP Biographical Dictionary. 4th ed. 1980. ML 106 .U5 A82 1980 (Shelved in the Reference Section.)


Conductors

Das Atlantisbuch der Dirigenten. 1985. ML105 .A84 (Shelved in the Reference Section.)  Notes: in German.


Cowden, Robert. Concert and Opera Conductors: A Bibliography of Biographical Materials. 1987. ML128 .B3 C58 (Shelved in the Reference Section.)


Musiker, Reuben. Conductors and Composers of Popular Orchestral Music: A Biographical and Discographical Sourcebook. 1998. ML105 .M92 (Shelved in the Reference Section.)


Holmes, John. Conductors: A Record Collector's Guide Including Compact Discs. 1988. ML105 .H75 1988 (Shelved in the Reference Section.)


Holmes, John. Conductors on Record. 1982. ML105 .H75 (Shelved in the Reference Section.)


Jazz

The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 2nd ed. 2002. ML102 .J3 N48 (Shelved on the Index Table.)


Kinkle, Roger. The Complete Encyclopedia of Popular Music and Jazz 1900-1950. 1974. ML102 .P66 K55 (Shelved in the Reference Section.) Notes: Volumes 2 and 3 are biographical dictionaries.


Nineteenth century

Dizionario universale dei musicisti. 1926-38. ML105 .S38 (Shelved in the Reference Section.) Notes: in Italian.


Fétis, Biographie universelle des musiciens. 2nd ed. 1860-80. ML105 .F4 (Shelved in the Reference Section and the Stacks.) Notes: in French.


Opera Companies

Musical America Worldwide. 2006. ML12 .M98 (Shelved on the Index Table.)


Opera Companies and American Opera: A Directory. 2nd ed. 1992. ML12 .R53 (Shelved in the Reference Section.)


Popular musicians

Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Popular Musicians Since 1990. 2004. ML102 .P66 B35 (Shelved in the Reference Section.)


The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. 4th ed. 2006. ML102 .P66 G84 2006 (Shelved in the Reference Section.)


The Faber Companion to 20th-Century Popular Music. Rev. 3rd ed. 2001. ML102 .P66 H36 2001 (Shelved in the Reference Section.)


The Oxford Companion to Popular Music. 1991. ML102 .P66 G35 (Shelved in the Reference Section, the Stacks, and available at Oxford Music Online.)


The Encyclopedia of Pop, Rock, and Soul. Rev. ed. 1989. ML102 .P66 S78 1989 (Shelved in the Reference Section.)


The "Rolling Stone" Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll. 3rd ed. 2001. ML102 .R6 R64 2001 (Shelved in the Reference Section.)


Singers

Grosses Sängerlexikon. 4th ed. 2003. ML105 .K83 2003 (Shelved in the Reference Section.) Notes: in German.


A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers. 2010. ML102 .J3 F75 2010 (Shelved in the Reference Section.)


The Grove Book of Opera Singers. 2008. ML102 .O6 G76 (Shelved in the Reference Section.)


A Concise Biographical Dictionary of Singers 1969. ML 105 .K8 (Shelved in the Reference Section.)


Twentieth century

Contemporary Composers. 1992. ML105 .C675 (Shelved in the Reference Section.)  Notes: very thorough entries.

The Pimlico Dictionary of 20th-Century Composers. 1999. ML390 .M86 1999 (Shelved in the Reference Section.)


Index to Biographies of Contemporary Composers. 1964. ML105 .B93 (Shelved in the Reference Section.)

A Bio-Bibliographical Dictionary of Twelve-Tone and Serial Composers. 1970. ML105. C284 (Shelved in the Reference Section.) Notes: includes brief bibliographies.

Altmann, Wilhelm. Kurzgefasstes Tonkünstler-Lexikon. 15th ed. 1936-71. ML105 .A468 (Shelved in the Reference Section.) Notes: in German.


Women composers

The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers. 1995. ML105 .N88 (Shelved on the Index Table.)

Notes: the most scholarly source.

Women Composers and Songwriters: A Concise Biographical Dictionary. 1996. ML105 .C48 (Shelved in the Reference Section.)

International Encyclopedia of Women Composers. 2nd ed. 1987. ML128 .W7 C7 1987 (Shelved in the Reference Section.)
Notes: includes lists of works, pseudonyms.

Women in Music: A Biobibliography. 1975. ML 105 .H676 (Shelved in the Reference Section.)
Notes: sources owned by the Music Library are indicated beginning on p. ix.

Women Composers: A Handbook. 1978. ML 105 .S7 (Shelved in the Reference Section.)
Notes: sources owned by the Music Library are indicated beginning on p. 1.


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