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MULI 322 Symphonic Literature Course Guide  

A research guide for students enrolled in Symphonic Literature
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Important Library Call Numbers for Symphonic Literature

  • MT 125 - Analyses/appreciation of symphonic works of multiple composers
  • MT 130 - Analysis/appreciation of symphonic works of specific composers
  • ML 410 - Books discussing the life/works of specfic composers (organized by composer)
  • ML 1255 - History of the symphony

Helpful Books about Symphonic Literature

These books are currently on reserve at both libraries:

  • The Orchestra from Beethoven to Berlioz  – Adam von Ahn Carse
  • Music in the Romantic Era – Alfred Einstein
  • The Nineteenth Century Symphony – edited by D. Kern Holoman
  • The Cambridge Companion to the Orchestra – edited by Colin Lawson

  • Berlioz's Orchestration Treatise - Hugh MacDonald

  • The Orchestra, origins and transformations - edited by Joan Peyser

  • Performing Beethoven - edited by Robin Stowell

  • Symphonic Music - Homer Ulrich

  • Soundings - Glenn Watkins



Additional Resources

A Dictionary of Musical Themes – Barlow and Morgenstern (1975 or 1948) (CIM Reference ML128.In7Ba249_1975)

Symphony Themes - Burrows and Redmond (1942) (CIM Reference ML128.Or1Bu946)

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians - edited by Stanley Sadie (2001) (CIM Reference – also available online)

Guides to Orchestration

Conductors and musicians often need to know the exact orchestration of a given piece as they prepare for a concert.  The following resources not only list the orchestration but often include information regarding duration, alternate versions, publication & rental information and basic information on the composer/arranger.

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