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Music : MUS 545/685: Music of the Classical Era

Includes research guides on jazz studies, music education, piano pedagogy, world music, instrumental and vocal resources, and much more!

Modern Scholarship and Criticism

Performance Guides

General Histories

Primary Source Materials

Most serious research uses a mix of primary and secondary sources:

Primary sources are original documents or first-hand accounts: letters, diaries, original manuscripts, reviews from newspapers of the time, etc. Primary sources are identified by their content, regardless of whether they are available in original format, in microfilm/microfiche, in digital format, or in published format.

    • Advantage: they may give us an unvarnished view of people and developments, and in the case of music manuscripts or facsimiles, allow us to see how early versions of a work may have been performed.

Secondary sources comment on and interpret primary sources: biography, analysis, interpretation, history

    • Advantage: They can provide perspective, taking into account differing viewpoints and later scholarship.

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