Music research: dictionaries and encyclopedias
An overview of music dictionaries and encyclopedias.
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What do they do?
Music encyclopedias allow you to find comprehensive, reliable, scholarly information on composers and other musicians; musical works, forms and genres; historical and stylistic periods; and musical life in countries and cities around the world.
Where are they?
Browse in the Reference Room under these call numbers:
|ML 100||General works (multi-subject)|
|ML 101 .A-Z||General works arranged by region or country|
|ML 102||By topic, for example:|
|ML 102 .J3||Jazz|
|ML 102 .M88||Musicals|
|ML 102 .O6||Opera|
|ML 105||Biographical dictionaries (of composers, performers, and other musicians), international in scope|
|ML 106||Biographical dictionaries arranged by country|
|ML 108||Dictionaries of musical terms|
|ML 109||Pronouncing dictionaries|
These titles are the most significant sources for scholarly entries on music.
Biographical dictionaries generally include entries for composers, performers, and other significant musical figures.
Beow are examples of encyclopedias and dictionaries devoted to specific topics.
Dictionaries of music terminology may be general, or may focus on specific topics or eras. Note also the pronouncing dictionary at the end of this list.