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Music: Musician Dates & Bios

A comprehensive resource guide for music research

Biography Databases

20th-21st Century Composers

  • A Bio-Bibliographical Dictionary of 'Twelve-Tone and Serial Composers.  (1970)
    ML 105 .C39
  • Contemporary American Composers:  A Biographical Dictionary. 2d ed. 
    REF ML 390 .A54 1982
  • Composers in America: Biographical Sketches of Contemporary Composers with a Record of their Works (1947)
    ML 390 .R38 1947
  • Contemporary Composers
    REF ML 390 .M677 1992
  • A Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Composers (1911-1971)
    REF ML 118 .T5
  • Directory of Music Faculties in Colleges and Universities, U.S. and Canada
    ML 13 .D57
  • Index to Biographies of Contemporary Composers
    ML 105 .B9 v.1-
  • Music Since 1900 (1994)
    REF ML 197 .S634 1994

Women Composers

  • Black Women Composers: A Genesis
    ML 390 .G83 1983
  • International Encyclopedia of Women Composers
    REF ML 105 .C7 1987
  • Women Composers: a Handbook
    REF ML 105 .S7
  • Women Composers, Condutors, and Musicians of the Twentieth Century
    ML 82 .L46
  • Women in Music: A Biobibliography.
    REF ML 105 .H6

Classical Performers

  • Concert and Opera Conductors
    ML 128 .B3 C68 1987
  • Concert and Opera Singers
    REF ML 128 .B3 C7 1985
  • Conductors' Gallery: Biographical Sketches of Well-Known Orchestral Conductors
    ML 402 .B76 1947
  • Conductors on Record
    REF ML 105 .H65
  • The Penguin Dictionary of Musical Performers
    REF ML 105 .J33 1990
  • Twentieth-Century Brass Soloists
    ML 399 .M4 1994

Composers You Should Know

Visit the LibGuide - many composers listed here by time period

General Information

American Composers and Musicians

  • Biographical Dictionary of Afro-American and African Musicians
    REF ML 105 .S67 1982
  • Biographical Dictionary of American Music
    REF ML 106. U3 C6
  • Contemporary American Composers: A Biographical Dictionary
    REF ML 390 .A54 1982
  • Dictionary of American Composers 
    REF ML 106 .U3 B87 1984
  • Directory of Music Faculties in Colleges and Universities, U.S. and Canada
    ML 13 .D57
  • Fifteen Black American Composers: A Biography of Their Works
    REF ML 106 .U3 T57
  • The New Grove Dictionary of American Music
    REF ML 101 .U6 N48 1986 v.1-4
  • Who's Who in American Music. Classical. 2nd ed. (1985)
    REF ML 106 .U3 W35

Gospel/Pop/Jazz Musicians

  • Afro-American Religious Music: A Bibliography and a Catalogue of Gospel Music
    REF ML 128 .S4 J3
  • Biography of Gospel Song and Hymn Writers
    ML 390 .H25 1971
  • The Complete Encyclopedia of Popular Music and Jazz, 1900-1950
    REF ML 102 .P66 K55 v.1-4
  • Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World
    REF ML 102 .P66 C66 2003
  • The Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music
    REF ML 102 .G6 E63 2005
  • Encyclopedia of Pop, Rock and Soul
    REF ML 102 .P66 S8 1989
  • Encyclopedia of World Pop Music, 1980-2001
    ML 102 .P66 J44 2003
  • The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th ed.
    REF ML 102 .P66 G84 2006 v.1-10
  • Encyclopedia of Rock
    REF ML 102 .R6 H37 1988
  • The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz
    MMC REF ML102.J3 N48 1994
    REF ML102.J3 N48 1988
  • The Oxford Companion to Jazz
    REF ML 3507 .J32 2000
  • The Rock Who's Who
    REF ML 102 .R6 H5 1996
  • The Virgin Directory of World Music
  • REF ML 3470 .S95 1992
  • Who's Who of Jazz: Storyville to Swing Street
    REF ML 106 .U3 C5 1985

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