Located in the Music Library Reference Section, in MALIC, Jardine Hall room 313

New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
  REF ML100.N48  (and online through Oxford Music Online - see library subject guide)
The foremost English encyclopedia covering western classical music.  When investigating a topic in this area, this is a great place to start.  29 Volumes contain extensive articles, bibliographies and work lists.  The electronic version is available through the WSU Libraries’ website under the listing: "Oxford Music Online" and also contains the contents of the related Grove publications: New Grove Dictionary of Opera, New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, and is currently adding the New Grove Dictionary of American Music.  The latest print edition is located in the Music Library reference section.  The previous editions are located in the Ablah Library and are available to check out from the circulating collections on the 2nd floor. 

The Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG)  REF ML100.M921 1994
The primer music encyclopedia, containing scholarly articles with extensive bibliographies and works lists.  In German, with international coverage.  Arranged in 2 sections, with articles on concepts (Sachteil) in the first 9 volumes, followed by an index volume, and biographical articles (Personenteil) in the remaining volumes.  Begun in 1994, publication is still in progress (22 vols. in 2005).  The prior edition is located in Ablah Library 2nd floor.

A Guide to Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart for English Speaking Students  REF ML100.M92 P4786
A guide to using the first edition of the MGG (Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart), see below.  This provides an outline and suggested methodology to accessing information in the encyclopedia listed above.  A copy of the first edition of the MGG, in 17 volumes, is located in the circulating collection of the Ablah Library on the 2nd floor, under ML100.M92.

Encyclopédie de la Musique  (Michel) REF ML100.E48
Published in 1958-1961, this French encyclopedia in 3 volumes, contains generally succinct definitions of terms and concepts but has longer entries for major composers with work lists.  Covers all of Europe and the Americas.  Lots of black and white illustrations.

Encyclopédie de la musique et dictionnaire du Conservatoire  (Lavignac)REF ML100.E5
French encyclopedia in 2 parts, 11 volumes, with in-depth studies in each section..  Part I focuses on music history.  Part II focuses on various topics relating to theory, technique, aesthetics and pedagogy. (WSU library missing part one, volumes 2, 3 and 4.)  Volumes in reference:  1. ptie. Histoire de la musique: v. 1 Antiquité moyen âge, c1913; v. 5 Russie ; Pologne ; Finlande ; Scandinavie ; Suisse ; Autriche-Hongrie ; Bohème ; Tziganes ; Roumanie ; Arabes ; Turquie ; Perse ; Thibet ; Birmanie ; Indo-Chine ; Indes Néerlandaises ; Éthiopie ; Afrique Méridionale ; Madagascar ; Canaries ; États-Unis ; Indiens ; Mexique ; Pérou ; Équateur ; Bolivie, 1922.  2. ptie. Technique, esthétique pédagogie: v. 1 Tendances de la musique, technique générale. 1925; v. 2 Physiologie vocale et auditive, technique vocale et instrumentale (voix instruments à réservoir d'air) 1926; v. 3 Technique instrumentale: Instruments à vent. Instruments à percussion. Instruments à cordes. Instruments automatiques; v. 4 Orchestration. Musique liturgique des différents cultes; v. 5 Esthétique. Chorégraphie; v. 6 Pédagogie. Écoles. Concerts. Théâtres.

Norton/Grove Concise Encyclopedia of Music (Sadie) REF ML100.N9 1988
This is especially useful for short definitions and terse biographical information.  For more in-depth articles and works lists, see The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.  An additional copy is available on the 2nd floor, Ablah Library.

Thames and Hudson Encyclopaedia of 20thCentury Music REF ML197.G87 1986
This small volume focuses on the 20th century up through the mid-80s, with entries for biographical information, places, institutions, instruments, definitions, techniques, styles, genres, works and reception.


Updated: June 06, 2012
Rachel Crane, Music/Fine Arts Librarian