This is a guide to reference material on music and dance in the Music Library of the University of the Arts. For related materials available in the Greenfield Library, see also the Resources in Dance subject guide (with contact information there). If you have questions about this guide or about library materials on music and dance contact the Music Librarian.
BIBLIOGRAPHY || PRIMARY DOCUMENTS || CHRONOLOGY, HISTORY || ADDITIONAL SOURCES || REFERENCE VIDEOS
- The New Grove Dictionary of
Music and Musicians. 2nd
ed. Edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell. London: Macmillan, 2001.
- Easily one of the two most
thorough and authoritative
encyclopedic dictionaries for music study in any language. Includes
general historical essays, with chronologically organized
bibliographies, on ballet, dance, and ethnochoreology, as well as
shorter entries on social dance forms of court and province. See also
subarticles under geographical names (e.g., "England" II.4 'Music and
Dance') and genres of folk and contemporary youth cultures.
REF ML100 .N48 2001
- Ganzl, Kurt. The Encyclopedia
of Musical Theatre.
2nd ed. New York: Schirmer Books, 2001. 3 vols.
on composers, lyricists, performers, choreographers, and directors of
the staged book musical (no vaudeville, revues, or films) ca.
1840-1990s, in the chief centers of Britain, France, Austria, Hungary,
the United States, and Australia. Brief performance histories included
under show titles; plot summaries provided for more widely performed
works. Works lists under major composer entries. Biographies of early
performers offer much information published for the first time.
REF ML102 .M88G3 2001
- The New Harvard Dictionary of
Music. Edited by Don
Michael Randel. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1986.
- Concise and clear, the best first
stop for Western music
terminology. Various articles on style and instrumental forms (e.g.,
Suite) contain many references to dance. Does not wholly supersede the
Harvard of generations previous, edited by Willi Apel, which may also
be consulted on REF.
REF ML100 .R3N4 1986
- Craine, Debra and Judith
Mackrell. The Oxford
Dictionary of Dance. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
- An eclectic range of entries
focusing on history and
Strong on choreographers (including works lists in some cases),
composers, visual artists, and authors known for their collaborations
in the theater. The best first stop for choreographic titles of the
modern era and related performance data.
REF GV1585 .C78 2000
- Dictionnaire de la musique en
France aux XVlle et XVllle
siecles. Edited by Marcelle Benoit. Paris: Fayard, 1992.
- Recommended for articles such as
that on ballet de cours,
for attention paid to theatrical dance composers such as Lalande,
REF ML101 .F74D5 1992
- Jarrie, Henri. Dictionnaire
des danses de la
Renaissance. Arles: Harmonia Mundi, 1970. 3 sound discs, with
accompanying dictionary text.
- The sort of project undertaken
altogether too infrequently,
given the interdisciplinary essence of the subject. Matches
terminological definitions to recorded sound examples.
- Mara, Thalia. The Language of
Dance Horizons, 1987.
- Documents the effort to
standardize international dance
terminology in the 1960s by the National Academy of Ballet.
REF GV1787 .M37 1987
- Cohen-Stratyner, Barbara. Biographical
Dance. New York: Schirmer, 1982.
- Nearly 3,000 entries, many with
selected bibliography and
lists of major works.
REF GV1785 .A2C65 1982
- Bremser, Martha. Fifty
London: Routledge, 1999.
- Fills many lacunae among shorter
works of reference.
critical analysis, works lists, and relatively generous bibliographies.
REF GV1785 .B74 1999
- Bopp, Mary. Research in
Dance: A Guide to Resources.
New York: G.K. Hall, 1994.
- In two sections, the first
covering archives and other
collections with primary materials worldwide, the second a (chiefly
English-language) bibliography of secondary literature.
REF GV1594 .B66 1994
- Marrocco, W. Thomas. Inventory
Bassedanze, Balli, & Balletti. New York: CORD, 1981.
- Though the central role of dance
at court is known
from the early 14th century, the first extant choreographies date from
more than one hundred years later. The manuscript manuals inventoried
here record steps and movements with music of specific Italian
Renaissance dances. The cradle of what would become ballet. (For
addenda see now Ingrid Brainard, "Italian Dance Documents of the
Fifteenth Century," Dance Chronicle 21 , 285-97.).
REF ML128 .D3M27 1981
- Schwartz, Judith and Christena
Schlundt. French Court
Dance and Dance Music: A Guide to Primary Source Writings, 1643-1789.
Stuyvesant, N.Y.: Pendragon, 1987.
- Printed sources issued during the
well-documented reigns of
Louis XIV-XVI. Part of a larger project to reconstruct and interpret
French theatrical dance of the 17th and 18th centuries, from the
evidence in technical manuals, musical sources, theatrical design, and
contempora-neous descriptive accounts. Extensively indexed.
REF ML3427 .S39F7 1987
- Emerson, Isabelle. Twentieth-Century
American Music for
the Dance: A Bibliography. Westport: Greenwood, 1996.
- Works created by American (or
long-term resident) composers
specifically for the purpose of concert dance. An accomplishment of no
small proportions, since the majority of such sources remained
unpublished or saw print very briefly. Arrangement is alphabetical by
composer; includes as much performance information as could be
REF ML128 .D3E4 1996
- Choreography by George
Balanchine: A Catalogue of Works.
2nd ed. Edited by Harvey Simmonds. New York: Viking, 1984.
- A chronological list of premieres
from 1920 to 1982.
also extensive notes on the sources and on roles performed, and a
bibliography that includes reviews.
REF GV1785 .B35 1984
- Southern, Eileen and Josephine
Traditions in Song, Sermon, Tale, and Dance, 1600s-1920. New York:
- An annotated guide to collections
of primary documents as
as to the secondary literature on African-American oral traditions.
REF ML128 .B45S6 1990
- Banerji, Sures Chandra. A
Companion to Indian Music and
Dance. Delhi: Indian Books Centre, 1990.
- Brief survey of important works
on Indian performing arts,
especially as accounted for in the Sanskrit monuments of Hindu
literature. Some chapters function as dictionaries or chronologies;
occurrences of technical terms in primary sources are indexed in
Chapter 9. Entries for literary works are annotated.
REF ML120 .I53B3 1990
- McLean, Mervyn. An Annotated
Bibliography of Oceanic
Music and Dance. Warren, Mich.: Harmonie Park Press, 1995.
- Historic and modern literature
covering the Pacific
including New Guinea, but exclusive of the Indonesian and Malaysian
archipelagos. Nearly 3700 entries, some briefly annotated. Includes
archival manuscript material.
REF ML120 .I84M3 1995
- Arbeau, Thoinot [pseud.] Orchesography
1589] Translated by Mary Stewart Evans. New York: Dover, 1967.
- The Orchesography was the only
dance manual published in
France during the second half of the 16th century, and remains one of
the chief testaments to dance and dance music north of Italy. Its
contents hold many clues to the performance practice of Renaissance
instruments, as well as unique step and tempo indications for specific
REF ML3427 .T11407 1967
- Playford's English Dancing
Master, 1651. Facsimile
ed. annotated by Margaret Dean-Smith. London: Schott, 1957.
- Tunes for every country dance
(contredanse) compiled by the
publisher John Playford. The largest single source of ballad airs, its
popularity was attested by numerous amended editions to 1728--and two
centuries later it played a conspicuous role in the English revival of
social dancing after WWII.
REF M1450 .P52 1957
- Blasis, Carlo. The Code of
by R. Barton. Reprint ed. Brooklyn: Dance Horizons, .
- A reprint of the first English
edition, and incorporating
material published as The Art of Dancing.
Blasis (d. 1878) was the first to codify the methods on which the
teaching of theatrical ballet continues to be based. Also useful for
the collection of plot programs typically encountered at court.
REF GV1590 .B53 1976x
- Kirsten, Lincoln. Four
Centuries of Ballet: Fifty
Masterworks. New York: Dover, 1984.
- Alongside production details and
historical sketches are
reproduced relevant theatrical sketches, engravings illustrative of
costume and gestural rhetoric, and contemporaneous photographs.
Weighted toward ca. 1700-1920, that is, not toward the 20th century.
REF GV1787 .K57 1984
- Sachs, Curt. World History of
the Dance. Translated
by Bessie Schonberg. New York: Norton, 1965.
- Originally pulished in 1933
(English 1937), a synthesis
inevitably reflecting its author's training in turn-of-the-century
Berlin schools of thought. But the rhetoric and biases of a previous
time cannot obscure the feat of building a framework where none had
existed while accounting for a wealth of detail at the same time. A
landmark text by a founder of the fields of musicology and
REF GV1621 .S121W4 1965
- Searle, Humphrey. Ballet
Music: An Introduction.
2nd ed. New York: Dover, 1973.
- Survey and chronology, weighted
towards the 20th century.
Separate chapters on Diaghilev and on post-War dance to ca. 1972.
REF ML3460 .S437 1973
- Wiley, Roland John. Tchaikovsky's
Clarendon Press, 1985.
- A documentary study combining
musical analysis with
of first productions and their reception history. Production materials
consulted include the original rehearsal scores and choreographic
notations. Attempts to sort out the details distinguishing what the
composer wrote as opposed to what the producers made of it. Unique in
REF ML410 .C435W5 1985
- Garafola, Lynn. Diaghilev's
Ballets Russes. New
York: Oxford University Press, 1989.
- In existence for only 20 years,
the crucible of modernism
known as the Ballets Russes attracted the most celebrated musical and
visual artists, bringing to life the 20th centuryÕs most
masterworks of theatrical dance. If there are heros, it is hard to tell
whether they are Fokine and Diaghilev or the musical works themselves.
Extensive documentation on the productions.
REF GV1786 .B35G3 1989
- Stearns, Marshall and Jean
Stearns. Jazz Dance: The
Story of American Vernacular Dance. New York: Da Capo Press, 1994.
- Stylistic and cultural history of
American dancing that
evolved alongside jazz, to ca. 1950. Written by the enthusiast whose
library of jazz materials became the core of the Rutgers Jazz Institute
REF GV1623 .S74 1994
- Schlundt, Christena. Dance in
the Musical Theatre:
Jerome Robbins and his Peers, 1934-1965. New York: Garland, 1989.
- Chiefly a compilation of data
arranged alphabetically by
title and indexed by names of collaborators. Despite the title, dance
is no more emphasized than anything else.
REF GV1781 .S35D3 1989
- Robinson, Doris. Music and
Dance Periodicals: An
International Directory and Guidebook. Voorheesville, N.Y.: Peri
- In part a checklist of some 1,800
periodical titles active
1987, and not therefore indicative of the totality or variety of music
and dance periodical publishing of the last decades. Includes also
brief content characterizations and commercial data.
REF ML128 .P44R6 1989
- The JVC Video Anthology of
World Music and Dance.
1990. 30 vols.
- REF Music V/T JVC
- REF Music V/T JVC2
- The JVC Smithsonian Folkways
Video Anthology of Music
and Dance of Africa. 1996. 3 vols.
- REF Music V/T JVC3
- The JVC Smithsonian Folkways
Video Anthology of Music
and Dance of Europe. 1996. 2 vols.
- REF Music V/T JVC4
The JVC Smithsonian
Folkways Video Anthology of
Music and Dance of the Americas. 1995. 6 vols.