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Music 420: Studies in Music Literature--Romantic Music (Reitz): Welcome


This guide is designed to get you started on your research for MUS 420. The sources below are not a complete list of what the library may have on the topics you are covering this semester. The items listed below are meant to give you an idea of the kinds of materials we offer and link you to sources recommended by your instructor.

If you are looking for a particular book or having difficulty finding the information you need, you can find my contact info at the bottom of this guide.

MLA Citation Help


Databases for articles

Article databases recommended by your instructor:

My Profile

Naxos Streaming Music

Links to class specific playlists available in Naxos Music Library:

To search Naxos Music Library to find more music, use this link:

International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)

Searching for Scores in the Library Catalog

  • Type in part of the title of the work or the form in the Library Catalog search box.
  • When searching for scores, do not perform a title search unless you are 100% certain of the title.
  • Do an author search for a composer, performer, ensemble, or conductor, for example dvorak, pavarotti, kronos quartet, or barenboim.
  • Do a subject search by type or form of composition, such as arias, quintets, or cantatas.
  • Do a subject search using a composer's name to find biographical or critical materials.

Tips for Finding Scores

  • Musical works may have multiple names, such as form name (piano quintet in A major or quintet in A major for piano and strings) and/or popular name, sometimes in several languages (Trout Quintet, Die Forelle, The Trout).
  • Instruments may be described differently. For example, piano or keyboard; cello or violoncello; trumpets or brass; choral or vocal.
  • Individual pieces within a collection may not be listed separately in the library catalog.


For most of your encyclopedia and background information, I recommend using Credo Reference. You can search an entire encyclopedia library with a single search.

Oxford Music Online

Gale eBooks