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Music: Reference

Guide for finding resources relating to music.


Reference sources are very diverse. Here's a quick guide to get you started.

  • For definitions, facts, and information see Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
  • For scholarly scores (those based on authoritative sources) and facsimiles of original manuscripts see Scores: Collected Works, Monuments of Music, and Facsimiles
  • For complete lists of a composer's works with detailed information see Thematic Catalogues 
  • For help finding additional resources on composers, genres, or other topics see Bibliographies & Guides 

For more help with reference music resources see the following books: