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Arnold, Denis, ed. The New Oxford Companion to Music. 2 vol. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1983.
REF 780.321 N532

Bohle, Bruce, ed. The International Cyclopedia of Music and Musicians. 10th ed. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1975.
REF 780.3 T371i10

Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart. 14 vol. Kassel: Bärenreiter, 1949-1968.
REF 780.3 M986
also first 13 volumes of a new edition, 1994-
REF 780.3 M986g

Heyer, Anna Harriet, comp. Historical Sets, Collected Editions, and Monuments. 3rd ed., 2 vol. Chicago: American Library Association, 1980.
REF 016.78 H615h3

Hitchcock, H. Wiley, and Stanley Sadie, eds. The New Grove Dictionary of American Music. 4 vol. London: Macmillan, 1986.
REF 781.7730321 N532g

Randel, Don Michael, ed. The New Harvard Dictionary of Music. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap, 1986.
REF 780.3 N532h
MUS LIB REF ML100 .N484 1986

Sadie, Stanley, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 20 vol. London: Macmillan, 1980.
REF 780.3 N532
MUS LIB REF ML100 .N48 1980

Slonimsky, Nicolas, ed. Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. 8th ed. New York: Schirmer Books, 1992.
REF 780.922 B168b 1992
MUS LIB REF ML105 .B25 1992

  • Also, check for a bio-bibliography on a specific composer. These are mostly found with the call number REF 016.78092 or REF 016.780924 or in the Music Library with the call number MUS LIB REF ML134.
  • We also have a few thematic catalogs for some the more well-known composers (Bach, Mozart, Haydn, etc.). These provide a wealth of information but are not in English.
  • There are a few other reference works on specific composers. A good example is The Mozart Compendium: A Guide to Mozart’s Life and Music, H.C. Robbins Landon, ed. (REF 780.92 M939).


Butler, Stanley. Guide to the Best in Contemporary Piano Music. 2 vol. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow, 1973.
REF 016.7864 B986g

Fallows-Hammond, Patricia. Three Hundred Years at the Keyboard. Berkeley: Ross, 1984.
MUS LIB REF MT140 .F25 1984

Faurot, Albert. Concert Piano Repertoire. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow, 1974.
REF 016.7864 F266c

Friskin, James, and Irwin Freundlich. Music for the Piano: A Handbook of Concert and Teaching Material from 1580 to 1952. New York: Rinehart, 1954.
REF 781.97 F917m

Gillespie, John, and Anna Gillespie. A Bibliography of Nineteenth-Century American Piano Music. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1984.
REF 016.786405 G478b

Hinson, Maurice. Guide to the Pianist’s Repertoire. 2nd, rev. and enl. ed. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987.
REF 016.7862 H665g 1987.
1973 edition in the Music Library
MUS LIB REF ML128.P3 H56 1973

Hinson, Maurice. Music for Piano and Orchestra. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1981.
REF 016.7856 H665m

Hinson, Maurice. The Piano in Chamber Ensemble. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1978.
REF 016.7857 H665p

Hinson, Maurice. The Piano Teacher’s Source Book. 2nd ed. Melville, N.Y.: Belwin-Mills, 1980.
REF 016.7861 H665p2

Kehler, George. The Piano in Concert. 2 vol. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow, 1982.
REF 786.10922 K26p

Lyle, Wilson. A Dictionary of Pianists. New York: Schirmer Books, 1984.
REF 786.10922 L985d

Maxwell, Carolyn, ed. Mozart: Solo Piano Literature. Boulder, Colo.: Maxwell Music Evaluation Books, 1987.
MUS LIB REF MT145 .M697 1987

Maxwell, Carolyn, ed. Schubert: Solo Piano Literature. Boulder, Colo.: Maxwell Music Evaluation Books, 1986.
MUS LIB REF MT145 .S3827 1986

Patterson, Donald L. One Handed: A Guide to Piano Music for One Hand. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1999.
MUS LIB REF ML128.P3 .P386 1999

Phemister, William. American Piano Concertos. Detroit: Information Coordinators, 1985.
REF 016.7856015 P541a

Reif, Jean Frances. A Compendium of Piano Concertos. Hawthorne, N.J.: Publication Arts, 1981.
REF 016.7856 R361c


American Music Teacher. v.1-28 bound; v.29- in microfiche; current on display
recent issues are indexed in ProQuest and in OCLC FirstSearch ArticleFirst

Clavier. v.1- mostly bound volumes, a few in microfilm; current on display
recent issues are indexed in OCLC FirstSearch ArticleFirst

Keyboard Companion. v.1- bound; current on display

Piano Guild Notes. current issues only (on display)
recent issues are indexed in OCLC FirstSearch ArticleFirst

Piano & Keyboard. v.41- in microfiche; current on display
recent issues are indexed in OCLC FirstSearch ArticleFirst
Piano Quarterly. v.17-33 bound; v.34-40 in microfiche


The Music Index. v.1- ; then quarterly issues

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (Répertoire International de littérature musicale). v.1-