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Lieder and art song resource guide: Indexes and bibliographies

This guide is intended to assist in locating scores and materials about art songs and Lieder.
Last Updated: Apr 11, 2022 11:24 AM


Relevant books can be found both in the reference section and in the general collection. Books listed below can be found by physically looking for the books on the shelf under the appropriate call number. Similar books will be located nearby on the shelf. To locate similar books by subject through the online catalog, under advanced search, select Subject Keywords from the drop down menu and enter “songs, indexes” “songs, bibliography” (no quotes) with Music Library selected as location. If you are in the library and need assistance, please ask at the desk and any of the librarians can assist you. Some places to start:

  • Bradley, Carol June. Index to Poetry in Music: A Guide to the Poetry Set as Solo Songs by 125 Major Song Composers. New York: Routledge, 2003. 
    Reference ML 128 .S3 B69 2003
    You can search for any of the following: the first line of the song, the title of the song, the title of the whole work if the song is part of a larger work or song cycle, and the name of the composer. If you know any one of those items, you can find the remaining information.
  • Goleeke, Thomas. Literature for Voice: An Index of Songs in Collections and Source Book for Teachers of Singing. Metuchen, NJ: The Scarecrow Press, 1984.
    Reference ML 128 .S3 G64
    This index of songs titles lists which book of collected songs includes a given song. Tiles are given in their original language and in English. Many of the books are in the UB library. For every song, the key and vocal range are given. If there are arrangements for low/medium/high voice, the key and vocal range are given for each.
  • Emmons, Shirlee and Wilbur Watkins Lewis. Researching the Song: A Lexicon. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. 
    Reference ML 102 .S6 E46 2006
    Alphabetical listing and explanations of mythological, historical, geographical, and literary references contained in western art song. Entries are referenced to specific art songs of the German, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, South American, Greek, Finnish, Scandinavia, and both American and British repertoires. Also includes brief biographies of poets, lists of composers who set each poet's work, and specific poems.