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Basic Reference Tools, Journals, and Web Sites
BASIC REFERENCE TOOLS
The following titles will be useful in tracking down information about the solo voice and its literature.
- Clifton, Keith E. Recent American art song: a guide.
(Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2008). Music Reference ML128.S3 C65 2008
- Coffin, Singer and Delattre. Word-by-Word Translations of Songs and Arias. Ref. ML 54.6 .W65
- DeCharms and Breed. Songs in Collections: An Index. Ref. ML 128 .S3 D37
- Emmons, Shirlee, and Wilbur Watkin Lewis. Researching the song: a
lexicon. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006). Music Reference
ML102.S6 E46 2006
- Goleeke, Tom.
Literature for Voice. Volume II: An Index to Songs in Collections, 1985-2000. (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press,
Inc., 2002). Music Reference ML128.S3
- Hopkin, J. Arden.
Songs for Young Singers: An Annotated List for Developing Voices.
(Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2002). Music Reference ML132.S6 H67
- Kagen, Sergius. Music for the Voice: A Descriptive List of Concert and Teaching Material. (Rev. ed.) Ref. ML 128 .V7 K3 1968
Browsing the Music Library's Collection
Because printed music and books are classified--i.e., grouped with similar items on the shelves--browsing can be an effective method for finding material. Look on the shelves under the following numbers.
- 71 = Folk and popular songs
- 75 = Solo art songs
- ML1400-ML3275 = History of vocal music
- MT820-MT893 = Instruction, methods
Finding Printed Music, Recordings of Particular Compositions, and Information
LOOKING for PRINTED MUSIC or RECORDINGS of a SPECIFIC PIECE of MUSIC:
Any or all of the following methods may work:
- Do a TITLE search in WNCLN's Library Catalog (http://wncln.wncln.org/). Use original language if known.
- Do a KEYWORD search in WNCLN's Library Catalog , using the most distinctive word in title.
- Do an AUTHOR search in WNCLN's Library Catalog , and go to title "Songs" to find collections of the composer's works.
- Look in the larger work of which your piece is a part (i.e., do a
TITLE search in WNCLN's Library Catalog (http://wncln.wncln.org/) for the complete musical, opera, oratorio,
or song cycle; use original language if known
- Look for title in an index of song
- DeCharms and Breed. Songs in Collections: An Index. Ref ML 128 .S3 D37
- Sears, Minnie. Song Index. Ref ML 128 .S3 S31 1966 [Be sure to look in both the main section and the supplement. ]
- Havlice, Patricia. Popular Song Index. Ref ML 128 .S3 H4 [Also look in the three separate supplements. ]
Do a SUBJECT search in WNCLN's Library Catalog (http://wncln.wncln.org/), using terms found in Library of Congress Subject Headings, e.g.
- Songs (Medium voice) with piano
- Sacred songs (High voice) with instrumental ensemble
- Do a SUBJECT search in WNCLN's Library Catalog using the term "Singing."
- The N.A.T.S. Journal
- Journal of Singing
- Journal of Voice
- Opera News
- Opera Quarterly
Online Tools for Research