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Continuum encyclopedia of popular music of the world. 11 vols.
Music Ref. ML102 .P66 C66 11 vols.
Volume 9 on published under title: Bloomsbury encyclopedia of popular music of the world / ed. by David Horn et al. Contents: v. 1. Media, industry and society. v. 2. Performance and production. v. 3. Caribbean and Latin America. v. 4. North America. v. 5. Asia and Oceania. v. 6. Africa and the Middle East. v. 7. Europe. v. 8. Genres : North America. v. 9. Genres : Caribbean and Latin America. v. 10. Middle East and North Africa -- v. 11. Genres: Europe.
Web access to The Garland encyclopedia of world music, the first encyclopedia devoted to the music of all the world's peoples, with each volume devoted to a single region. Print edition: Music Ref. ML100 .G16 1997- 10 vols., accompanied by 9 CDs (SRCD97-121 v. 1-9) on the CD shelves.


Selected musical terms of non-Western cultures : a notebook-glossary / Walter Kaufmann

Music Ref. ML108 .K37 1990

Essential Reference

Blacks in Classical Music II by John Gray (2023)

People of African descent have been active in Western art music since its inception. Black performers were valued members of court orchestras starting in the early 1500s, and since the 18th century have been acclaimed as both performers and composers in locales ranging from Europe and the United States to sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. However, this rich legacy remains little known. This monumental new work seeks to correct that oversight. Draws on three decades of research to survey the vast amount of print, digital and archival material that has emerged since the late 1980s. Fully annotated and cross-referenced it offers a comprehensive overview of all scholarly writings on the subject as well as a more selective representation of reportage from the mainstream and Black press.

Research Tools

Handbook of music terms / Parks Grant
Music Ref. ML108 .G844 H3

Historical sets, collected editions, and monuments of music : a guide to their contents. 3rd ed. / compiled by Anna Harriet Heyer.

Music Ref. ML113 .H52 1980 2 v.
A listing of scholarly or critical published series of complete works of composers, or historical sets of music by time period, musical genre or geographic region. Many volumes-in-progress before 1980 were mapped out in the bibliography and subsequently published.  Check Omni and shelves M1-5 for the contents of these series received on standing order.

Music reference and research materials : an annotated bibliography / V.H. Duckles, I. Reed. 5th ed.
Stauffer Ref. ML113 .D83 1997 and copy in Music Stacks

RISM (International Inventory of Musical Sources)

Database documenting extant musical sources (manuscripts, printed music, writings on music theory,and libretti, mostly before 1800) available in world libraries, archives, monasteries and private collections.

Terminorum musicae index septem linguis redactus / Polyglot dictionary of musical terms (1978)
Music Ref. ML108 .T4

Translations of music terminology in seven languages: English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, and Russian.

More Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of Native American Music of North America / Elaine Keillor, Tim Archambault, and John M.H. Kelly

ML102 .N37 K45 2013 Music ref

Encyclopedia of Popular Music

Updated web access of Colin Larkin's 10-volume The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th edition, covering popular music of all genres and periods from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music, available through Oxford Music Online. Library has 3rd ed. of The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Stauffer Ref. ML102 .P66 G84 1998 8 vols..

New Oxford history of music
ML160 .N44 10 vols.

Presents music history in chronological time periods in relation to human culture and activity.  Includes biographies of individuals, documentation of sources and bibliographies.

Oxford Bibliographies Online - Music

OBO Music lists books, journals, primary documents, web resources, and multimedia resources.

The Oxford companion to music

Web access via Oxford Music Online to the print edition of The Oxford companion to music / Alison Latham, ed.Ref. ML100 .O94 2002t in Music Reference

Successor to Percy Scholes' Oxford companion to music and Denis Arnold's The New Oxford companion to music.

The Oxford history of Western music / Richard Taruskin.
Music Ref. ML160 .T18 2005 6 vols.

Challenging the received wisdom of the field, musicologist Richard Taruskin sets the details of music and the chronological sweep of figures, works, and musical ideas within the larger context of world affairs and cultural history. Greater attention is given to the full range of 20th century music, including American music as part of the mainstream tradition of western music, women in music, and popular musics.

Oxford Reference Online - Music

More than 69,000 concise definitions and in-depth, specialist encyclopedic entries on the wide range of subjects within the broad field of music.