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This libguide is designed to introduce you to the music history of the Western Hemisphere, with an emphasis on European influences.  The pages are common eras learned in beginning music history.  Not all the books we have on each subject are represented.  Feel free to wander the M section of the main collection to find more information.


Using the E-Books

We have a number of electronic books (e-books) that you are welcome to use.  There are a few things to remember:

  1. You have to have an account in the library to access the link.  Anyone with a OPSU identification card will have an account automatically.  Anyone else will have to register with the library in person.
  2. Books can be in either HTML, PDF, or an automatic viewing format.  Look at the page thoroughly.
  3. Sometimes the book will have a limit on the number of users who can access the book at once.  If you can't get in, try again later.

Requesting Material the Library Doesn't Own

You have two options if the library doesn't have what you need:

  1. request the material using Interlibrary Loan
  2. request that the library buys what you need

Interlibrary loan requests are made library (borrowing) to library (lending).  If the lending library has what is request, they will send it if they can.  If they can't fill the request, it is then forwarded to another library that should have the material.  Sometimes the process is very quick; other times it could take several weeks.  If you decide to go this route, get your request in early.  The night before your paper is due is not enough time.

You can also request that the library buys the material.  The director of the library looks at all the requests and determines if the library can buy.  Timing and budget constraints are factors in this process.  Not all requests are approved.



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The Cambridge History of Western Music Theory - Thomas Street Christensen (Editor)
Call Number: ML3800 .C165 2002
ISBN: 0521623715
Publication Date: 2002-04-25
The Cambridge History of Western Music Theory is the first comprehensive history of Western music theory to be published in the English language. A collaborative project by leading music theorists and historians, the volume traces the rich panorama of music-theoretical thought from the Ancient Greeks to the present day. Recognizing the variety and complexity of music theory as an historical subject, the volume has been organized within a flexible framework. Some chapters are defined chronologically within a restricted historical domain, whilst others are defined conceptually and span longer historical periods. Together the thirty-one chapters present a synthetic overview of the fascinating and complex subject that is historical music theory. Richly enhanced with illustrations, graphics, examples and cross-citations as well as being thoroughly indexed and supplemented by comprehensive bibliographies of the most important primary and secondary literature, this book will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars alike.

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The History of Music in Fifty Instruments - Philip Wilkinson
Call Number: ML460 .W55 2014
ISBN: 9781770854284
Publication Date: 2014-09-11
The 400-year story of music told by the instruments that make an orchestra. The History of Music in 50 Instruments outlines musical history in well-written nuggets of information. Profiling one instrument at a time, it describes the history of music since the 1700s, when orchestras first took the formal shape familiar to us. The concise text explains the role of each instrument in the orchestra and its importance in the development of music in general. The book lists the 50 instruments chronologically in the woodwind, brass, percussion and string sections of an orchestra. The classic instruments are included -- violin, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, harp and more. Some instruments reflect the musical period or context in which they were most popular, such as the harpsichord in the Baroque period, and the snare drum in military parades. Among the unusual instruments is the otherworldly theremin. A wide range of modern and archival photographs and paintings show the instruments. Entries outline their historical and country origins and the era in which they were played (e.g. Classical, Modern). Annotated illustrations explain the instrument's construction, how it is played and tuned, and its musical range. Composers, musical compositions and musicians that highlight the particular instrument are examined. For example, Baroque composer Antonio Vivalidi's contribution to the violin; inventor Adolphe Sax's tenacious promotion of his saxophone in the 1840s; and 20th century pianist Glenn Gould's controversial recordings of Bach's Goldberg Variations. For musicians, teachers and students, and all who enjoy music, this book is a beautiful and informative tour of the orchestra and beyond.

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A History of Western Music - J. Peter Burkholder; Donald Jay Grout; Claude V. Palisca
Call Number: ML160 .G872 2014
ISBN: 9780393918298
Publication Date: 2014-04-15
Combining current scholarship with cutting-edge pedagogy, the Ninth Edition of A History of Western Music is the text that students and professors have trusted for generations. Because listening is central to music history, the new Total Access program provides a full suite of media resources--including an ebook and premium streaming recordings of the entire Norton Anthology of Western Music repertoire--with every new text. Combining thoughtful revisions--particularly to chapters on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries--with exceptional media resources, A History of Western Music provides all the resources that students need in a text that will last a lifetime.

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History of Western Music - Hugh M. Miller; Dale Cockell
Call Number: ML160 .C67 1991
ISBN: 0064671070
Publication Date: 1991-08-14
Prepared for students by renowned professors and noted experts, here are the most extensive and proven study aids available, covering all the major areas of study in college curriculums. Each guide features: up-to-date scholarship; an easy-to-follow narrative outline form; specially designed and formatted pages; and much more.


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