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Music Since 1900

Histories of 20th Century Music

These histories of music since 1900 may be helpful in terms of general background.

  • Nicholas Cook and Anthony Pople, eds. Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century Music. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
  • Robert P. Morgan. Twentieth-Century Music: A History of Musical Style in Modern Europe and America. New York: Norton, 1991.
  • Eric Salzman. Twentieth-Century Music: An Introduction. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ : Prentice Hall, 2002.
  • Robert Morgan, ed. Modern Times: From World War I to the Present. Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice Hall, 1993.
  • Paul Griffiths. Modern Music and After. 3rd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Daniel Albright, ed. Modernism and Music: An Anthology of Sources. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2004.

Searching the Library Catalog by Subject

To locate books about a specific person or topic, use the Keyword or Subject Search in the OPAL Library Catalog. Each book has been tagged with specific subject headings that describe its content.

A wide variety of subject headings are useful in locating materials related to a given topic in music.   Useful phrases found in subject headings can be used in searches to narrow your results. Some of these include "criticism and intepretation" which can be combined with a composer's name; and "analysis, appreciation" which can be combined with a genre, such as Operas--Analysis, appreciation. 

Use the following subject headings as examples.