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Film Music and Soundtrack Resources: Getting Started

Research guide to finding library and internet sources on film music studies


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

Call Number Description
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

Internet Resources

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 the catalog.

  • 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

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