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This guide covers the different types of music resources available at Milner Library.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Ref ML100 .N48 2001
Also available online as part of Oxford Music Online.

Baker's Dictionary of Music        
Ref ML100 .S635 1997
A to Z listing of musicians, famous compositions, musical terms, and instruments.

Ref ML 100 .A64 2003
One volume covers all styles and forms of Western music.

New Grove Dictionary of Opera
Ref ML 102 .O6 N5 1992b
Also available online through Oxford Music Online.

Baker's Dictionary of Opera        
Ref ML 102 .O6 B26 2000
1,000 entries covering performers, librettists, set designers, scholars, directors, and composers related to opera.

Polyglot Dictionary of Musical Terms        
(Terminorum musicae index septem linguis redactus)
Ref ML 108 .T4
Translations of musical terms in German, English, Italian, French, Spanish, Russian, and Hungarian.

Ref ML 109 .S35 1995
Pronunciation guide for musical terms.


Hill & Stephens
Ref ML 113 .H55 1997
Useful for finding specific works within major sets of music.


Ref ML 113 .H52 1980
Lists the contents of each volume in the collected works of composers and cites the location of individual music works in anthologies. This set is available in the reference collection on Floor 2 and there is also a copy on Floor 6.

Duckles (ed. Reed)

Ref ML 113 .D83 1997

Standard source for materials on music research

Brook & Viano

Ref ML 113 .B86 1997

A listing of composer thematic catalogues.

Biographical Sources

Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians
Ref ML 105 .B16 2001
6-volume set covers mainly classical musicians and performers.

Ref ML 102 .P66 B35 2004
2 volumes. Nearly 600 entries on bands and artists in all genres of popular music.

Ref ML 385 .C66
Multi-volume set with over 4,500 entries on performers and composers. Some entries include a discography and bibliography.

Floor 2 Reference: Building Use Only
ML102.P66 G84 1998
8 volumes. Includes bibliographical references, discographies, and indexes.

Women in Music : an Encyclopedic Biobibliography
Ref ML 105 .H6 1993
Two volumes that index almost 20,000 biographies of women musicians of all periods and countries.

Ref ML105 .C7 1987
Two volumes of biographical entries and works lists.

Music Analysis

Floor 2 Reference: Building Use Only
ML 128 .A7 D5 1991
Floor 2 Reference: Building Use Only
ML 113 .H695 2007
Floor 2 Reference: Building Use Only & Floor 6 Shelves
MT 90 .T6 E3