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Finding information about historical musicology in the ASU Music Library.



  • American Music
  • American Musicological Society. Journal (JAMS)
  • Current Musicology
  • Music and Letters
  • Musical Quarterly
  • Nineteenth-Century Music
  • Opera Quarterly


Basic Reference: Indexes to Musicological Publications

Basic Reference: Bibliographies

Basic Reference: Dictionaries

Sources, Specialized Tools and Translations of Primary Sources













  • The British Union Catalogue of Early Music before the Year 1801. Mus Ref ML 116 .B7
  • International Inventory of Musical Sources = Repertoire International des Sources Musicales = RISM. Mus Ref ML 113 .I6: Ser. A: Single pieces, arranged by composer. Ser B: Individual catalogues of groups of self-contained sources.

Guides to and handbooks of the discipline

  • Harrison, Hood, Palisca. Musicology. Mus Stacks ML 3797 .H27 M9
  • Stevens. Musicology, A Practical Guide. Mus Stacks ML 3797 .S8

Specialized tools

Historical notation

  • Apel. Notation of Polyphonic Music, 900-1600. Mus Stacks ML 431 .A6 1949
  • Parrish. Notation of Medieval Music. Mus Stacks ML 431 .P37

Performance practice

  • Jackson. Performance Practice, Medieval to Contemporary: A Bibliographic Guide. Mus Ref ML 128 .P235 J3 1988
  • Also consult the books listed in WNCLN's Library Catalog under the subject headings:
    • "Music--Performance," "Music--Interpretation (Phrasing, dynamics, etc.),"
    • "Embellishment (Music)" for musical ornamentation

Translations of primary sources of music history

  • Rowen. Music through Sources and Documents. Mus Stacks ML 160 .R88
  • Slonimsky. Lexicon of Musical Invective, 2nd ed. Mus Stacks ML 3785 .S5 2000
  • Strunk. Source Readings in Music History. Mus Stacks ML 160 .S89 1965
  • Weiss and Taruskin. Music in the Western World: A History in Documents. Mus Stacks ML 160 .M865 1984

Histories of music

  • Taruskin. Oxford History of Western Music. Mus Ref ML 160 .T18 2005
  • Burkholder.  A History of Western Music, 8th ed..  Music Reserve.
  • Burkholder/Palisca. Norton Anthology of Western Music, 6th ed. Music Reserve.

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Gary Boye
Erneston Music Library

Appalachian State University

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