This research guide is designed to help you locate musical scores, articles, books, excerpts, and other resources for the violin. This guide is just a starting point - not every resource available in the library is included. If you have any questions, stop by the Music Library's service desk for assistance, or contact Sara Manus, the Music Librarian for Education and Outreach.
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Do you need to look up a musical term? Find information on a performer or composer? Background information about a genre? Try looking in one of these basic music reference sources:
Harvard Dictionary of Music, 4th ed., is the best source for locating brief definitions of musical terms. It is located in the Music Library's reference section, call no. ML 100 .H37 2003
The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians is an excellent starting point for research on any music topic, including instruments, genres, composers, and major performers. Each composer has a complete works list in his/her article, which is extremely helpful for choosing repertoire or finding out more information about a piece. It is available in print in the Music Library's Reference Section (call no. ML 100 .N48 2001 v.1-26) or online from Oxford Music Online.
Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians is helpful for finding brief biographies of many performers, conductors, and composers. It is located in the Music Library's Reference Section, call no. ML 105 .B126 2001 v.1-6