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Research guide to finding library and internet sources on film music studies
Last Updated: Jul 10, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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    The following are selected call number ranges where film music materials may be found. For more specific call numbers, consult Mirlyn.

    M 1527.2 film music scores
    ML 102 .M75 dictionaries of film music
    ML 410 .A-.Z biographies of individual composers
    ML 2075 film music history & criticism
    MT 64 .M65 film music instruction & study
    MT 737 film music instruction & study
    mulPN 1995.9 .M86 musical films

    Subject Headings

    The following are a few examples of subject headings related to film music which you may find useful when searching or browsing in Mirlyn. For a complete list, consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings located on top of the New Book Shelf.

    • motion picture music
    • motion picture music--bibliography
    • motion picture music--excerpts
    • motion picture music--history and criticism
    • motion pictures and music
    • musical films
    • musical films--history and criticism
    • musical films--united states--history and criticism
    • silent film music

    Internet Resources

    IMDB (Internet Movie Database)

    SoundtrackNet: The Art of Film and Television Music
    Provides news features, an extensive listing of film composers (including up-to-date filmographies), reviews of soundtracks, and information regarding the availability of soundtrack recordings.

    Film Score Monthly: The Online Magazine of Motion Picture and Television Music Appreciation
    Contains articles, answers to frequently-asked questions, and links to many other film and film music sites.

    Soundtrack Collector
    Provides industry news, links to other film music sites, and a soundtrack database that can be browsed by title or composer.

    Music from the Movies
    Provides news, reviews, composer information, and links to related sites.

    FilmTracks: Modern Soundtrack Reviews
    Provides reviews of contemporary film soundtracks.

    Silent Film Resources FAQ
    Provides links to silent film resources on the internet.

    An online discussion list devoted to film and television music. A searchable archive of the list is also available.


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    This guide was created by Morgan Rich, former Music Library Student and Circulation Supervisor.


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