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Music Reference Works: Print and Online

For those who wish to find more information than a search on Google can give you, there are two options: music reference books and music online reference websites.

Music Reference Works: Printed Books

Some famous printed reference books on music include:

The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
- Stanley Sadie, ed. Macmillan, 2001.

• The Harvard Dictionary of Music (4th ed.)
Don Michael Randel, ed. Harvard University Press, 2003.

• Norton/Grove Concise Encyclopedia of Music.
Stanley Sadie and Alison Latham, editors. W.W. Norton & Company, 1994.

• International Cyclopedia of Music and Musicians.
Oscar Thompson, with Bruce Bohle. Dodd Mead and Co., 1985.

• Oxford Companion to Music.
- Alison Latham. Oxford University Press, 2002.

• Da Capo Catalog of Classical Music Compositions.
- Jerzy Chwialkowski. Da Capo Press, 1996.

• Oxford Dictionary of Opera.
John Warrack, with Ewan West. Oxford University Press, 1992.

• The Viking Opera Guide.
- Amanda Holden, with Nicholas Kenyon and Stephen Walsh. Viking (Penguin Group), 1993.

• The encyclopedia of popular music, 3rd edition.
- Colin Larkin. 8 vols. Muze, 1998.

• The Garland encyclopedia of world music.
- 10 vols. Garland, 1998-.

• Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music.
- Don Michael Randel, ed. Belknap Press, Harvard, 1996.

• Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians
- Nicolas Slonimsky, ed. Schirmer Books, 2001.

• The Reader’s Guide to Music: History, Theory, Criticism
- Murray Steib, ed. Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999.

• The New Oxford History of Music.
Vols. 1-10. Oxford University Press, 1990-2001.

• Illustrated Encyclopedia of Musical Instruments of the World.
- R. Dearling. Macmillan, 1996.

• Music Reference and Research Materials: An Annotated Bibliography
- Vincent H. Duckles and Ida Reed. Schirmer, 1997.

Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart: allgemeine Enzyklopedie der Musik.
- Friedrich Blume, ed. 27 volumes. Kassel, Bärenreiter, 1994-2007.

Music Reference Works: Online

Some famous online reference websites on music include:

Oxford Music Online
This site includes the full text of the latest version of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the Encyclopedia of Popular Music, the Oxford Companion to Music and the Oxford Dictionary of Music. It can be accessed either by visiting a library which is a subscriber or by becoming a subscriber oneself.

Author: David Paul Wagner
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See also:
Middle Ages Music
Renaissance Music
Baroque Era Music
Classical Era Music
Romantic Era Music
Nationalist Era Music
Turn of Century Music

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