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Music (SUBJECT GUIDE): Musician Dates & Bios

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Biography Databases

20th-21st Century Composers

Women Composers

Composers You Should Know

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General Information

American Composers and Musicians

  • American Composers: A Biographical Dictionary
    REF ML390 .E815 1982
  • Biographical Dictionary of Afro-American and African Musicians
    REF ML 105 .S67 1982
  • Composers in America: Biographical Sketches of Living Composers with a Record of their Works, 1912-1937
    ML 106 .U3 R3
  • Contemporary American Composers: A Biographical Dictionary (1976)
    REF ML 390 .A54
  • Dictionary of American Classical Composers (2005)
    Online Book
  • Directory of Music Faculties in Colleges and Universities, U.S. and Canada (2016-17)
    REF ML 13 .D57
  • Mavericks and Other Traditions in American Music
    ML 390 .B862 2004
  • Musical Landscapes in Color: Conversations with Black American Composers
    ML390 .B235 2003
  • Who's Who in American Music. Classical. (1983)
    REF ML 106 .U3 W46

Classical Performers

  • The American Opera Singer: The Lives and Adventures of America's Great Singers in Opera and Concert, from 1825 to the Present
    ML400 .D33 1997
  • And So I Sing: African-American Divas of Opera and Concert
    ML400 .S88 1990
  • A Concise Biographical Dictionary of Singers: From the Beginning of Recorded Sound to the Present
    ML400 .K9813 1969 (also REF)
  • Conductors in Conversation: Fifteen Contemporary Conductors Discuss their Lives and Profession
    ML402 .W23 1991
  • The Great Conductors (1967)
    ML402.S387 G7
  • The Great Singers, From the Dawn of Opera to our Own Time (1966)
    ML400 .P65
  • Musicians with a Mission: Keeping the Classical Tradition Alive
    ML385 .P55 2002
  • Saxophone Soloists and their Music, 1844-1985: An Annotated Bibliography
    ML128.S247 G4 1986