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Library resources for singers, coaches, and accompanists : an annotated bibliography, 1970-1997
McTyre, Ruthann Boles, 1954-
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xxiv, 151 pages ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes indexes.
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ML128.V7 M45 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Music

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Designed to aid the student, librarian, teacher, or professional singer, this annotated bibliography provides access to more than 500 books, journals, and electronic resources. Included as well are chapters listing dictionaries and encyclopedias for opera and musical theater, biographical sources, guides to vocal literature and repertoire, and resources for vocal pedagogy and for the stage. Equally helpful are sources that list plots and synopses, translations, diction, travel and education.

Providing ready access to a variety of topics and resources necessary for vocal study, this important reference will introduce music students to reliable, essential sources for their study, assist teachers and coaches in finding reference tools, and assist reference librarians in locating sources for patrons. The alphabetical organization within subject makes this reference easy to understand and easy to access. Three indexes allow for convenient cross-referencing.

Author Notes

Ruthann Boles McTyre is an Assistant Professor and Head Librarian at the Crouch Music and Fine Arts Library at Baylor University

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The head librarian at the Crouch Music and Fine Arts Library of Baylor University has compiled 471 annotated entries for print and electronic resources of interest to singers and those who train and accompany them. The number of resources listed is considerably more, however, because other works are frequently mentioned in annotations, and some entries for series consist of lists of the individual monographs. The emphasis is on opera, musical theater, and the solo voice. Only English-language works are included. A preliminary section, "General Music Reference," was compiled by Ida Reed, coauthor with Vincent H. Duckles of Music Reference and Research Materials: An Annotated Bibliography [RBB F 15 98]. The body of the bibliography is arranged in 10 chapters covering various forms and approaches. "Dictionaries and Encyclopedias"; "Preparation, Accompanying, Coaching"; and "Internet and Electronic Resources" are examples of chapter headings. Most chapters have several subdivisions. Within these sections, works are arranged alphabetically by main entry heading, usually an author. Qualitative criteria or procedures for selecting materials are not explained, other than that they should "aid and enhance the study of voice." The annotations are rarely evaluative, only a few venturing to suggest a work is "good" or "interesting" or "useful." Citations provide the standard basic information. Three indexes (author, title, and subject) make up a major portion of the volume. The subject index boasts two levels of subdivision, so that most entries are fairly specific. However, important topics are sometimes hidden under broad general topics rather than having separate headings for direct access, violating a standard practice for alphabetical subject indexes. Examples include auditions, breathing exercises, diction, and vocational guidance, all of which are hidden under the very general heading singing. Because the entire bibliography is about singing, this is a heading that should have been limited to very broad works about singing in general. The essential resources are included in this bibliography. Singers and their coaches, accompanists, and librarians should find it a useful compilation.

Choice Review

Limited as it is to publications appearing between 1970 and 1997, this resource cannot be exhaustive. Still, it will be extremely useful in undergraduate library collections, where students will find it an excellent starting place for their research. McTyre (Crouch Music and Fine Arts Library, Baylor Univ.) includes sections of great practical help on repertoire and research, synopses, translations, diction, preparation, accompanying, and coaching. References to musical theater and other popular art forms are relevant to today's undergraduate experience, as are those to pedagogical resources, stage resources and travel, and education. Perhaps the most potentially useful and farsighted aspect of this volume is its guide to electronic resources--online resources and databases. Students will increasingly look to the Internet to manage the great bodies of quickly developing and changing information in all areas of vocal musical life. The discography and videography are valuable for those who have access to extensive collections. Also included are author, title, and subject indexes. It would be extremely valuable to the profession if this volume could be revised and updated regularly to maintain its usefulness in this period of burgeoning information and technology. M. S. Roy; Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
General Music Referencep. xi
Chapter 1 Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Related Sourcesp. 1
Chapter 2 Guides to Repertoire and Researchp. 13
Chapter 3 Synopses, Translations, and Dictionp. 29
Chapter 4 Preparation, Accompanying, Coachingp. 47
Chapter 5 Discographies and Videographiesp. 57
Chapter 6 Pedagogical Resourcesp. 63
Chapter 7 Stage Resourcesp. 81
Chapter 8 Travel and Educationp. 93
Chapter 9 Internet and Electronic Resourcesp. 101
Chapter 10 Periodicalsp. 109
Author Indexp. 115
Title Indexp. 123
Subject Indexp. 141