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Musicology 450 Early Music Revivals   Tags: 17th century, 18th century, music, musicology, performance history  

Students will choose a work (or part of a larger work) and research its revival history.
Last Updated: Jan 11, 2017 URL: Print Guide

Searching the Catalog, Browsing in the Library Print Page


When searching for a book about your composer or work, use a "Subject" search in Advanced search and limit to "Material Type: Books"

Note: the title of the work found in the Subject field is in the form of the Uniform Title.


    Letters, Correspondence

    Travelers in the 18th century often documented musical events.. In the library catalog, search for Subject: travel and Subject: correspondence or diaries. Or if you have the name of the diarist, put that in the author field. You can also add a century to the subject search: 18th century diaries


      Grove Music Online

      Grove Music Online  

      Essential for getting background information on your composer, work, era, genre. Read not only the body of the entries but also the bibliographies. They will point you to other sources.


        Searching the Catalog

        The Library may have scores, recordings, and books on your piece.

        "There's too much to wade through."

           Be sure you are searching the library catalog instead of OneSearch.

        "I don't want all these recordings - I want a score."

           Limit your search to "Material Type": Scores in the Advanced search,

        "There's no score of my work."

           Does the library have that composer's complete works?  Use the Grove works list for your composer to find it.


          Helpful Call Numbers to Browse

                    ML410s: Biographies, books about specific works by composers, primary sources; organized by last name of composer

          ·         ML457s: Books on performance practice

          ·         ML172s: General books on eras and styles

          ·         ML190s: More books on eras and styles

          ·         ML600s: Books about instruments

          ·         ML1100s: Books on genres (i.e. string quartet, concerto, etc.)

          ·         M3s: Complete works (often with awesome introductory prefaces)

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