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MUS 364 - History of Western Music II: Home

Resources and Information for Researching Music History from the late 18th century to the end of the 19th century


Welcome to the LibGuide created specifically for the MUS 364 class on music from 1750 to 1900.

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Salon Concert

Composers You Should Know (listed by era)

Be sure to visit the "Composers You Should Know" LibGuide!

First Performances

Some considerations when writing about the first performance of a musical work:

  • Use Naxos CD booklets as a possible source of information
  • Oxford Music Online (Grove)'s main article for the composer may have information such as instrumentation and various arrangements of the piece of music, as well as narrative information about the premiere or the audience's reception of the piece
  • Use the ML410 section of the library to find books about the composer and their music
  • Newspapers printed the week of the premiere may also include reviews, which are primary sources
  • Don't forget to look at the context of society. What was going on in the world that could affect what listeners thought of the music? What aspects of art history, fashion history, political history, etc. might have shaped the composing or the setting of the music?


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Classical Performance

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