The Library buys composers' songs in collections and enters them under "collective titles." e.g.
[Songs] = ALL of a composer's songs
[Songs. Selections] = SOME of a composer's songs
[Works] = ALL of a composer's works (includes his songs)
[Works. Selections] = SOME of a composer's works[Nozze di Figaro. Selections] = NOT everything, but you're NOT getting any "hints" either!
To find such collections in the Music Library, e.g. a Peters edition of Schubert songs for medium voice, use the " Keyword Search" on Western Libraries Catalogue and simply type "songs Schubert Peters medium."
A SUBJECT search is NOT the same as a KEYWORD search. Library of Congress Subject Headings are prescribed by LC, and assigned by cataloguers. You must use the same Subject Headings; once you find one desired item, check its Subject Headings. You can then CLICK on those Subject Headings to find similar works.
|SONGS (HIGH VOICE)
SONGS (MEDIUM VOICE)
SONGS (LOW VOICE)
|N.B. Most music will be found under the Subject Heading for a specific genre
Words or terms from Subject Headings may be used in KEYWORD searching, but NOT vice-versa.
For information on this topic, consult repertoire lists for voice and repertoire lists for the various orchestral instruments.
Much unusual and twentieth-century music for the voice may be found in the Solo Music Reference Collection housed in the Choral/Band/Orchestral Music Library. The general classification number for vocal music in the SMRC is MUS 4000
Nearly all of the Western Music Library's OLDER multi-composer collections were indexed in the SONG INDEX (housed in the Music Library's Seminar Room). Also included were popular songs, folk songs, operatic arias, art songs, and songs from musical theatre. Over many years, we have systematically added "contents notes" into the Western Libraries Shared Library Catalogue - which means that titles that were once-buried in song anthologies are now searchable by a KEYWORD search:
Use Western Libraries Catalogue KEYWORD search to find songs by title. (You MUST search by KEYWORD--if you use a regular title search, you are guaranteed to MISS the songs you seek!) Be sure to "enclose your title" in quotation marks - to keep your title phrase intact.
Click-on either of these Subject Headings to find repertoire lists for voice:
Do not overlook record jackets and CD booklets for translations of obscure texts. It is worth checking translations with the aid of a dictionary to ensure that emotional emphasisis placed on the correct note!
Some useful collections are found under the following Subject Heading:
Books concerning the diction of different languages and phonetics are shelved at MT 883. [Be sure to check the Reference Area, too!] Many of these books are practical, using well-known song texts as examples. We also have a copy of Karen Jensen's CD-ROM: Singer's guide to the IPA at the Circulation Desk.
For the convenience of singers, we have placed the most commonly-used foreign-language dictionaries together - on the Dictionary Table - rather than in the Reference stacks. These dictionaries remain as "REFERENCE" and non-circulating. As a courtesy, please return these titles to the Dictionary Table, after you have finished using them.
If you wish to borrow a dictionary, note the basic classification/call number from the Music Library's copy - and visit the D. B. Weldon Library. They have circulating copies of dictionaries - just be sure to choose a recent one, which contains IPA!
You may find it helpful to visit our "Resources by Subject" pages, particularly our Singers' Resources page.
New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians [Ref ML 100.G8 2001-on the Dictionary Table]
The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians [online] Updated regularly. UWO-ONLY -- GROVEMUSIC.com Provides access to the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd. ed.
Finding CDs, LP recordings and videos
Hints on the most efficient ways to find recordings in our library.
NEED a MEZZO CD? Or BARITONE, or ... ??
If you are taking the "Introductory Vocal" class, you will need to find CDs of singers whose voice-type matches yours (e.g. soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto, countertenor, tenor, baritone, or bass). Have a look at our handout SINGERS-on-CD - which offers names of singers, categorized by voice-type. Use KEYWORD to search for desired CDs, remembering to use COMPACT as one of your keywords