Resources For Music Research

Some Music Reference Materials Available at Newton Gresham Library

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 2nd ed. Located in the Reference Collection in the Music Listening Room of Newton Gresham Library. Call number: REF ML100.N48 2001

Considered by many to be the standard English language encyclopedia on music. A multi-volume scholarly work that contains articles and bibliographies on many aspects of music including notation, biography, genre, and world music. An essential resource for term papers in music history and symphonic literature.

Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. Located in the Reference Collection. Call number: REF ML105.B16 2001

Biographical information on musicians in many different genres including classical, jazz, rock, and blues.

Boccagna, David L. Musical Terminology: A Practical Compendium in Four Languages.
Located in the Reference Collection. Call number: REF ML108.B55 1999

A dictionary of musical terms in the major musical languages.

The Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Located in the Reference Collection. Call number: REF ML100.H36 1999

The Oxford Dictionary of Music. Located in the Reference Collection. REF ML100.K35 2012.

Both provide summaries of the lives and careers of composers, performers, and theorists. Also contains illustrated descriptions of musical instruments, entries that identify operas, oratorios, symphonic poems, and other works. Contains definitions of musical terms.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature. Located in the Reference Collection. Call number: REF ML118.R4.

International bibliography of scholarly writings, in 202 languages, on music and related disciplines are indexed. RILM is classified by topic, and contains original-language titles, title translations into English, and abstracts in English. Contains full bibliographic information for citation purposes. Contains a thesaurus and author, journal, and subject indexes.

Song and Lieder Translations


Coffin, Berton, et. al. Word by word translations of songs and arias.
Part I: German and French.
ML54.6 .C7 W7 P1 [Reference]
Part II: Italian.
ML54.6 .C7 W7 P2 [Reference]

Levan, Timothy. Masters of the French art song: translations of the complete songs of Chausson, Debussy, Duparc, Faure & Ravel. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press. 1991
ML54.6 .M33 1991 [Reference]

Cobb, Margaret. The poetic Debussy: A collection of his song texts and selected letters. Boston: Northeastern University Press. 1982.
ML54.6.D42C62 1982 [MLR]

Rohinsky, Marie. The singer's Debussy. New York: Pelion Press. 1987
ML54.6 .D42 R62 1987 [MLR]


Drinker, Henry S. English texts of thirty Beethoven solo songs. New York: Association of American Colleges Arts Program.
ML54.6 .B4 D7 1950 [MLR]

___________. Brahms, Johannes: Texts of the vocal works, in English translation. New York: Association of American Colleges Arts Program.
ML54.6 .B8 D7 [Reference]

Glass, Beaumont. Schubert's complete song texts. Geneseo, NY: Leyerle Publications.
ML54.6 .S39 G5 V.1 [Reference]
ML54.6 .S39 G5 V.2 [Reference]

Magner, Candace A. Phonetic readings of Schubert's lieder. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press. 1994. MT883.M25 1994 [Reference]

Phillips, Lois. Lieder, line by line and word for word. New York: Scribner's Sons. 1980.
ML54.6 .P55 L5 1980 [Reference]


LeVan, Timothy. Masters of the Italian art song: Word by word and poetic translations of the complete songs for voice and piano. (includes Bellini, Donaudy, Donizetti, Puccini, Rossini, Tosti, Verdi)
ML54.6 .M34 1990 [Reference]


Sobrer, Josep Miquel and Edmon Colomer. The singer's anthology of 20th century Spanish Songs.
ML54.6 .A9 S56 1987 [MLR]


Miller, Philip L. The ring of words: An anthology of song texts. (also contains German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Scandinavian songs)
ML54.6 .M5 R5 [MLR]


If there are any questions, you can contact Bruce Hall (the head of the department) at (936) 294-4800 or e-mail him at