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Music Collection

Sonia Ensins
Music Bibliographer

Collection Overview
Development of the music collection follows the research and teaching needs of the Music Department. Our goal is to provide a wide variety of materials focused on general music history and theory, with an emphasis on early and contemporary music, ethnomusicology and jazz, composition and music theory.   The collection consists primarily of Western music with selective holdings of non-Western music and includes monographs, serials, music scores, sound recordings and other non-print materials.   Our collections of Irish Music monographs and sound recordings, housed at the O'Neill Library and at the Irish Music Center in the John J. Burns Library, are of particular interest to students and scholars.  The Abraham Collection, a collection of sheet music and monographs gathered by the eminent British musicologist Gerald Abraham (1904-1988), is an important research resource in the area of Eastern-European and Russian music.

The College of Arts & Sciences confers the academic degree of a Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) with a major in Music. The department offers courses in Western and non-Western music which cover history, theory, composition, and performance in order to educate both musiciansand listeners, majors and non-majors. Consequently, the department's curriculum requires a collection that has been developed within a broad liberal arts framework. The music collection has interdisciplinary aspects and also relies on strengths in other collections.  | View selected resources ยป

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Interdisciplinary Elements of Subject Area
The collection aims to support the interdisciplinary aspects of music, particularly in the areas of religion and music, the arts and music, and literature and music.  The music collection is enhanced by our holdings in religion, literature, art, education, philosophy, management and psychology.

Formats and Types of Materials
The collection consists of music scores (full scores, study scores, piano-vocal scores, facsimiles and some performance editions with instrumental parts), monographs, periodicals (in print and online), reference works, electronic databases some with full text, and microforms.  The library has compact discs, DVDs, videotapes, long playing albums, CD-ROMs, and subscriptions to databases with streamed music.   When possible and practical, materials are purchased in electronic formats.

Most music monographs and periodicals are in English.  Selected works in other languages are purchased when recommended by a faculty member of the Music Department.

Geographic Area Coverage
The music collection (in all formats, i.e., print and non-print material) focuses primarily on Western and to some degree on Non-Western music and cultures. Research and creative works dealing with these subject areas are collected, thus imposing no geographic area restrictions.

Time Periods
Music recordings, scores, monographs, periodicals and other materials covering all time periods are purchased.

Dates of Publication
Current monographs, newest editions of music scores, and the latest technologies for media materials are collected.  Important works (monument and historical sets) by major composers are collected retrospectively as are historical sound recordings in the latest format available.