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Identifying and Locating Musical Sources

A Guide to RISM and other Resources

The Grove and Harvard dictionaries

Both the New Grove and Harvard Dictionary have introductory articles on "Sources" which should be consulted. The article in the New Grove is exceptionally thorough.

Here are just a few things you'll find:

  • "Sources, MS"
    I. Introduction, vol. 23, p.792
    II. Western plainchant, vol. 23, p.817
    III. Secular monophony, vol. 23, p.846
    IV. Organum and discant, vol. 23, p.868
    V. Early motet, vol. 23, p.874
    VI. English polyphony 1270-1400, vol. 23, p.877
    VII. French polyphony 1300-1420, vol. 23, p.882
    VIII. Italian polyphony c1325-c1420, vol. 23, p.888
    IX. Renaissance polyphony, vol. 23, p.892
  • "Sources of instrumental ensemble music to 1630", vol. 24, p.1
  • "Sources of keyboard music to 1660", vol. 24, p.19
  • "Sources of lute music", vol. 24, p.39

Grove is also available through Research Port as part of Oxford Music Online (access limited to UM students/faculty/staff, and to patrons in the libraries).