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Index to poetry in music : a guide to the poetry set as solo songs by 125 major song composers
Bradley, Carol June.
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New York ; London : Routledge, 2003.
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xx, 900 pages ; 24 cm
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ML128.S3 B69 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Music

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First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Dr. Carol June Bradley is a Music Librarian and Professor of Library Science at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Library Journal Review

Bradley, a music librarian at SUNY at Buffalo, has put together an invaluable reference tool about poetry in music. A 40-year project that resulted from a reference question that the author couldn't answer, it contains detailed information about Western art songs and their composers, publishers, and dates of composition, cross-referenced to other composers who set the same text even when the title is not identical. Meticulous attention to detail is evident on every level, beginning with a clear explanation of how the 125 composers were chosen. Bradley collated the major composers found in Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 5th ed., James Hall's The Art Song, and Philip R. Miller's The Ring of Words, then studied the song holdings of several major American libraries. Ranging from Louis Fran?ois Marie Aubert to Karl Friedrich Zelter, the composers are thus all "recognized for their song production and the quality of the texts they set." While folk songs and those with biblical texts are included, sketches and incomplete works are not. The material itself is organized in a single alphabetical sequence that uses typeface and quote marks to distinguish the different kinds of information-composer, poet, title, and first line-which makes it easy to use. This admirable accomplishment is a welcome addition to the reference shelf, for which performers, teachers, scholars, and students will be immensely grateful. There are a few half-hearted attempts available to identify particular texts, some with relation to a single composer's works, but nothing on the scale of this index. Highly recommended.-Timothy J. McGee, Hastings, Ont. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Bradley (SUNY Buffalo) presents information about texts, composition dates (when known), and publication for art songs by 125 Western composers. Although valuable information can be located in Bryan Gooch and David Thatcher's Musical Settings of Early and Mid-Victorian Literature (1979) and Musical Settings of Late Victorian and Modern British Literature (1976), Michael Hovland's Musical Settings of American Poetry (1986), and Lawrence D. Snyder's German Poetry in Song (CH, Nov'95), Bradley's guide is truly international in scope, providing details about songs by important composers in most Western languages. Even masters whose songs are infrequently performed (e. g., d'Indy, Medtner, Malipiero) are fully represented. Although errors and omissions are to be expected in a work of this magnitude (e. g., Loewe's "Komm herbei, komm herbei Tod" should be listed under Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, rather than As You Like It, and Brahms' Ophelia-Lieder from Shakespeare's Hamlet are omitted), these do not detract from the value of the guide. Within the past decade songs by important 19th- and 20th-century composers (e.g., Clara Schumann, Fanny Hensel, Alma Mahler, Shostakovich) have been published and frequently performed, making necessary the publication of a supplement. Purchase by major academic and public music libraries is strongly urged. ^BSumming Up: Essential. Academic and public music libraries. D. Ossenkop emeritus, SUNY College at Potsdam