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MUSIC 141: Comtemporary Composer Assignment

How to evaluate a contemporary composer's musical works.



Search for books, journals, music scores and sound and visual recordings listed in the Vassar Online Catalog.*

HINT: for effective music searches DON'T use keyword.

Can't find something? Not all Music Library materials can be found through the online catalog. For a complete search, you must check both the online catalog and the Music Library card catalog.


American National Biography and Oxford Dictionary of National Biography are two new collections of biographies of men and women in the United States and Britain who have made significant contributions to shaping their nations.

British Periodicals
Indexes over 320 arts and humanities journals and weekly magazines published in the UK and other English speaking countries, as well as quality newspapers published in the UK.


A database of the cataloged publications in an Internatonal membership of Libraries.  Search for the composer you seek in the "subject" field.  If the book is owned by the Vassar College Music Library the word VASSAR COL will appear next to the citation in green. Look it up in the Vassar Online Catalog to get the call number.

**To  get an idea of how many libraries have purchased scores and sound recordings by the composer you are seeking, examine each bibliographic record to see the Libraries worldwide that own item.