Music Research: Books and Online Reference


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This list is intended to be a starting point for recognizing patterns in related subject headings. Some individuals have birth and death dates to differentiate between similar names.

Types of Books about Music

Descriptive Catalog: bibliography of composers' work without musical incipits

Thematic Catalog: provides notation for the beginning or segments of each work, or movement; usually organized in chronological or classified order

Discographies: a list of recordings of a composer, artist, orchestra, or instrument combination

Bibliographies: a list of various types of sources on a particular topic, composer, genre, etc.

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