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Music History: Books

A Library Research Guide for Music History Students. This guide is designed to help you navigate the wide variety of Music History resources available through the Jones Music Library.

Searching the Library Catalog by Subject

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

wide variety of subject headings are useful in locating materials related to a given topic in Music History.   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, such as Brahms "Criticism and interpretation," "history and criticism" and "analysis, appreciation" which can be combined with a genre, such as Operas--Analysis, appreciation. 

Use the following subject headings as examples.

Important Call Numbers

Most books related to Music History will be found in the ML collection which is located in the stacks in front of the circulation desk.  Here are the call numbers associated with Music History.

ML159-3785 Music - History and criticism
ML159-161 General works
ML162-197 By period
ML198-360.6 By region or country
ML385-429 Biography
  ML410 Biography, individual composers
ML430-458 Composition and performance
ML459-1380 Instruments and instrumental music
ML1400-3275 Vocal music
ML3300-3351 Program music
ML3400-3465 Dance music
ML3469-3541 Popular music
ML3544-3776 Folk, national, and ethnic music
ML3780 Music on particular topics
ML3785 Musical journalism
ML3790-3792 Music trade
ML3795 Music as a profession. Vocational