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Music Research

This guide provides an overview of research tools and methods relating to music.

Getting Started

Reference works include encyclopedias, thematic catalogs, indices, and guides to research. Many are printed editions that can be found in the reference section of the Fine & Performing Arts Collection. There are important electronic versions, as well, like Oxford Music Online.

Oxford Music Online/Grove Music Online

New Grove

Guides to Research

Guide to Research is a book-length bibliography of scholarship on a composer, genre, or special topic.

Thematic Catalogs

Thematic Catalogs are complete lists of works by a composer or in a genre. They often include incipits, the opening musical gesture of a piece.