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Music: Composers/Performers

Search tips for books

Subject headings, and names used as headings, are always spelled the same way, but names may spelled differently in book and article titles


1)  Always use truncation
     Just enter the last name, then add the ? after it to search for any possible endings

     (i.e.: Beethoven?) 
   will yield results with possessives, such as
     Beethoven's Life

2) Try alternate spellings of composer names

     (i.e.: Tchaikovsky OR Tchaikowsky OR Chaikovsky etc.) 

3) Remember:  using a name as a subject will bring up works about someone; using a name as an author will bring up work only by them

Music biography reference books, General (print)

Music biography sites