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Preparing for a Recital

Choosing music and writing program notes using library resources.

Finding Sources to Write your Program

Writing good quality program notes can be very difficult, because information about pieces (particularly more modern ones) tends to be hard to find in one place.

There are many sources that you can use to find accurate information about the works you choose to perform on a recital or concert. You just have to know where to look!

Sample sources could include:

Google and Wikipedia A recording of the piece
Music Dictionaries Journal articles
Grove Music Online (now Oxford) CD liner notes
Other music encyclopedias Classical Music Library
Composer Websites Naxos Music Library
Blogs A score of the piece Textbooks DRAM
Repertoire Guides (e.g. Daniels) Composer Bibliographies
Chronologies Correspondence
Diaries RIPM Online Archive