MUSI 3213/3223

Electronic Resources

Gale Virtual Reference Library

A collection of several online encyclopedias you can search for information about your composer.


Use the search box on the library homepage to search for books and eBooks. Go to the library homepage, click on the arrow next to the search box and choose “Books” and then “NU Books.”

Not all composers have entire books written about them, but you can usually still find information about them in music encyclopedias or history books. Some of these titles might help:

Composers since 1900 : A Biographical and Critical Guide

Available in print (780.922 E94c, 1969 – General Collection)

Great Composers, 1300-1900 : A Biographical and Critical Guide

Available in print (780.922 E94g, 1966 – General Collection)

Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music
The Harvard biographical dictionary of music


Available in print (780.922 H339, 1996 – General Collection)


New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians

Available in print (ML 100 .N48 1980 – Reference Collection)

New Oxford Companion to Music
The New Oxford companion to music


Available in print (780.3 N532a – General Collection)


Oxford History of Western Music
The Oxford history of Western music

To find information about composers in this set, look up their names in Volume 6, which is the index. It will tell you which volume has information about a specific composer.

Available in print (780.9 T196o, 2005 – General Collection)

Music Recordings

Classical Music Library

A multi-label database of streaming classical music recordings. Coverage includes music written from the earliest times (e.g. Gregorian Chant) to the present, including many contemporary composers. Repertoire ranges from vocal and choral music, to chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental, and opera.