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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 theVassar Libraries' Online Catalog to get the call number.
Covers many scholarly music journals and chapters of books. Provides an abstract of an article or chapter, not the full text.
A composer may not have an entire book-length biography, but a chapter of a book may be devoted to his/her life and works. RILM Abstracts covers chapters of books, unlike most other periodical indexes.
GENERAL MUSIC ENCYCLOPEDIAS AND DICTIONARIES
Did the composer "make it" into a major music encyclopedia or dictionary?
Oxford Music Online now inlcudes the Grove Music Online plus other Oxford music reference works. Grove Music Online comprises the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell (London, 2001), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, edited by Stanley Sadie (London, 1992), and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, second edition, edited by Barry Kernfeld (London, 2002).
Grove music online is "the first stop for music research." In English. Both online and print versions include extensive bibliographies and lists of composers works ("works lists') Online version is updated periodically. Includes biographies and subjects; arranged alphabetically.
**In the online version be sure to check for instances of the name you are seeking in artiles OTHER than the biographical article for the composer.
Is the name listed as an example of a style?
is it listed as someone who has had infludence on another?
In German. Excellent bibliographies and works lists. Arranged in 2 sections: Sachteil (subjects) and Personenteil (Biographies) V.17 of the Personenteil arrived last week! Arranged alphabetically in both sections.
MUSIC REFERENCE SOURCES
Did the composer "make it" into a music reference source?
An interrum publication, published four years before the centennial edition of Baker's biographical dictionary of musicians. As a result, the Baker's biographical dictionary of musiciansmay have more information.
Clear, verified bibliographic information, fully cited, abstracted, and indexed. RILM Abstracts turns up citations for both print and electronic sources. Covers scholarly periodicals, dissertations and chapters of books in a variety of languages.
A young composer may not have an entire book-lenth biography, but a chapter of a book may be devoted to his/her life and works. RILM Abstracts covers chapters of books, unlike most other periodical indexes.