Bibliography Of Music Literature Book

General Bibliographies

Crabtree, Phillip and Donald H. Foster. Sourcebook for Research in Music. 2nd ed. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005.
Available electronically on Ebrary

Duckles,  Vincent H. and Ida Reed. Music Reference and Research Materials: An Annotated Bibliography. 5th ed. New York: Schirmer Books, 1997.
Music Reference ML113 .D83 1997

Mixter, Keith E. General Bibliography for Music Research. [Warren,] Mich.: Harmonie Park Press, 1996.
Music Reference ML 113 M59 1996

Sampsel, Laurie J. Music Research: A Handbook. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
Music Reference ML113 .S28 2009

Stylistic Period / Chronological Bibliographies

Bull, Storm. Index to Biographies of Contemporary Composers. New York: Scarecrow Press, 1964-
Music Reference ML 105 B9

Diamond, Harold J. Music Analyses: An Annotated Guide to the Literature. New York: Schirmer Books, 1991.
Music Reference ML 128 A7 D5 1991

Hoek, D. J. Analyses of Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Music, 1940-2000. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2007.
Music Reference ML113 .H695 2007

Bio-Bibliographies / Composer Research Guides

Hartig, Linda Bishop. Violet Archer: A Bio-Bibliography. New York: Greenwood Press, 1991.
Music Reference ML 134 A68 H3 1991

Langford, Jeffrey Alan. Hector Berlioz: A Guide to Research. New York: Garland, 1989.
Music Reference ML 134 B5 L3 1989

Palmieri, Robert. Sergei Vasilʹevich Rachmaninoff: A Guide to Research. New York: Garland Pub., 1985.
Music Reference ML134.R12 P3 1985

Smialek, William. Frédéric Chopin: A Guide to Research. New York: Garland Pub., 2000.
Music Reference ML134.C54 S65 2000

National Bibliographies

Brookhart, Edward. Music in American Higher Education: An Annotated Bibliography. Warren, Mich.: Harmonie Park Press, 1988.
Music Reference ML 120 U5 B77 1988

Morey, Carl. Music in Canada: A Research and Information Guide. New York: Garland, 1997.
Music Reference ML 120 C2 M6 1997

Peters, Diane E. Canadian Music and Music Education: An Annotated Bibliography of Theses and Dissertations. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 1997.
Music Reference ML 120 C2 P47 1997

Phemister, William. American Piano Concertos: A Bibliography. Detroit: Published for the College Music Society, Information Coordinators, 1985.
Music Reference ML128.P3 P5 1985

Tsuge, Genʾichi. Japanese Music: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland Pub., 1986.
Music Reference ML 120 J3 T8 1986

Topical Bibliographies and Research Guides

Everett, William A. The Musical: A Research and Information Guide. New York: Routledge, 2004.
Music Reference ML128 .M78 E84 2004

Hart, Mary L. The Blues: A Bibliographical Guide. New York: Garland Pub., 1989.
Music Reference ML128.B49 H3 1989

Meadows, Eddie. Jazz Research and Performance Materials: A Select Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland Pub., 1995.
Music Reference ML128.J3 M33 1995

Merriman, Lyle. Woodwind Research Guide: A Selective Bibliography of Materials Pertaining to the Literature, Development, and Acoustics of Woodwind Instruments. Evanston, Ill.: Instrumentalist Co., 1978.
Music Reference ML128.W5 M5

Phelps, Roger P. A Guide to Research in Music Education. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1993.
Music Reference MT1 .P5 1992

Post, Jennifer. Ethnomusicology: A Research and Information Guide. New York: Routledge, 2004.
Music Reference ML 128 E8 P6 2004

Stedman, Preston. The Symphony: A Research and Information Guide. New York: Garland Pub., 1990-
Music Reference ML128.S9 S7 1990

Miscellaneous Bibliographies

Pruett, James W. Research Guide to Musicology. Chicago: American Library Association, 1985.
Music Reference ML 3797 P78 1985

Yaffe, John. Arias, Ensembles, & Choruses: An Excerpt Finder for Orchestras. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2012.
Music Reference ML128.V7 Y34 2012

The Bibliography of Music Literature (German: Bibliographie des Musikschrifttums), also known as BMS or BMS online, is an international bibliography of literature on music. It considers all kind of music and includes both current and older literature. Since 1968, the BMS editorial staff has been working as the German committee for RILM, too.[1] The bibliography includes monographs, master’s theses and doctoral dissertations, articles and reviews from journals, Festschriften, conference proceedings, yearbooks, anthologies, and essays from critical reports. It contains printed media as well as online resources, data media, sound recordings, audiovisual media, and microforms. Each record provides the title in the original language (for East European- and Asian entries a German translation is added), full bibliographic data, a keyword index, and mostly an abstract. Currently, BMS online has more than 315,000 records of literature on music.[2] It is supplemented by the OLC-SSG Musicology, which incorporates the contents of some more 150 music journals from 1993 onward. BMS online participates actively on ViFaMusik,[3] the central gateway for music and musicology in Germany.


BMS was established in 1936 by the State Institute for Music Research in Berlin with the aim to list literature on music from all over the world. It was published in print from 1936 through 1988.[4] Currently it is available as BMS online in a cumulative online database, which is updated in real-time.


Established in 1936, the BMS resumed the bibliographic surveys printed in the Jahrbücher der Musikbibliothek Peters. The first BMS editor was Kurt Taut, who was succeeded by Georg Karstädt. Originally printed by Friedrich Hofmeister in Leipzig (Leipzig: Hofmeister, 1936-1941 [volumes 1.1936 to 4.1939]), after a span of four years BMS was stopped due to wartime limitations. The commencement of this bibliographic enterprise after World War II is owed to the musicologist and librarian Wolfgang Schmieder.[5] On behalf of the reconstituted State Institute for Music Research the first volume for 1950/51 appeared in 1954. Since that time the Bibliography of Music Literature has been a regular publication of the Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung. The last volume in print format was published in 2001 and covered the year 1988 (Frankfurt am Main: Hofmeister, 1954-1968 [volumes 1.1950/51 to 6.1960], Mainz: Schott, 1969-2001 [volumes 1961 to 1988]). Since 2006, there has been the Bibliography of Music Literature as BMS online.

See also[edit]


  • Kurt Taut (Ed.) Bibliographie des Musikschrifttums
  • Wolfgang Schmieder (Ed.) Bibliographie des Musikschrifttums
  • Jacquelin Barber Toy, A Bibliography of English- and German-Language Music Periodicals Indexed Before 1949, in series of K.S.U. master's degree research documents, Sources of Music Periodical Indexing. N.B.: "A research report submitted to the Kent State University School of Library Science in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Library Science, August 1969"
  • Silvia C. E. Mai, Anforderung an eine Datenbank im SIM - Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung, Berlin 2004 [A preliminary study for the online database: BMS online]
  • Carsten Schmidt, “Die Bibliographie des Musikschrifttums (BMS) ist online”, Forum Musikbibliothek - Beiträge und Informationen aus der musikbibliothekarischen Praxis 28/1 (2007) 10-13
  • Oliver Schwab-Felisch/ Fred Mengering/ David van der Kemp, “Zur wissenschaftlichen Musikliteratur in den USA und in Deutschland. Eine empirisch-statistische Studie auf der Basis des Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM)”, Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie - ZGMTH 2/3 (2005) 53-99
  • Christine Siegert, “Musikwissenschaft digital - Probleme und Chancen einer Virtuellen Fachbibliothek Musik”, Die Musikforschung 64/4 (2011) 383-386


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