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Articles are great for research because they generally cover a very narrow topic in great detail. In addition, scholarly journal articles generally include a bibliography where you can find more resources on the same topic.
Journal Article Databases
Library databases provide citations for articles, book chapters, and more. Most articles/chapters focus on a narrow and specific topic, so they are great for deeper research. To get started:
- Choose a database.
- Search for keywords such as genres, topics, names of people, etc.
- Limit your results by date, language, and more with the the left-hand menu on the results page.
Need more help?
See our Article help page for step-by-step instructions and videos to help you search databases and find full-text articles. And you can always ask a librarian for individual help.
History Books in the Allen Library (selections)
The Cambridge Companion to Conducting by
Call Number: ML458 C36 B6 [Allen shelves]
Publication Date: 2003
Advice on how to conduct different types of groups plus a substantial history of conducting as a study of national traditions.
The History of Orchestral Conducting by
Call Number: ML457 G35 [Allen shelves]
Publication Date: 1988
Examines the role of the orchestral conductor and documents the evolution of their art from historical, technical, and aesthetic perspectives.
Find more history books
Browse by subject in the catalog, for example:
Conductor Biographies in the Allen Library (selections)
Absolutely on Music by
Call Number: ML422 O92 A28 2016 [Allen shelves]
Publication Date: 2016
An intimate conversation about music and writing between author Haruki Murakami and his friend Seiji Ozawa, former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Black Conductors by
Call Number: ML402 H31 1995 [Allen reference]
Publication Date: 1995
The first collective biography of Black American conductors of instrumental ensembles from the early 19th century to the present.
Charles Munch by
Call Number: ML422 M96 H754 [Allen shelves]
Publication Date: 2012
The first full biography of Munch, tracing his survival in occupied Paris, his arrival at the BSO, and his later years as a leading cultural figure in the United States.
The Virtuoso Conductors by
Call Number: ML402 H65 V57 [Allen shelves]
Publication Date: 2005
Traces nine conductors from apprenticeship to international acclaim, comparing rehearsal technique, the baton, eye contact, repertoire, tempo, recordings, vision, style, and performance practice.
Find more biographies
Search subjects or conductor names in the catalog, for example:
Browse the shelves by call number:
||Collected conductor biographies
||Single composer biographies
||Single conductor biographies
Reference resources include dictionaries, encyclopedias, and more.
They often provide a short overview of a topic, then point to more resources you can use for further research.
Music Reference Databases
Books in the Allen Library (selections)
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