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Music Research

Art Song: A Starting Guide

Part I: Where to Find Art Song Materials in the UNLV Music Library
  • Biographies of composers: ML410 (Lied Library)
  • Collections of songs: M1619-1620
  • Duets, trios, etc. for solo voices: M1528-1529.5
  • History & criticism: ML2800-2881 (Lied Library)
  • Interpretation, phrasing, expressions, etc.: MT892
  • Performance practice (historical): ML457 (Lied Library)
  • Separate works: M1621
  • Song cycles: M1621.4
  • Song texts and translations: Music Ref. and Lied Book Stacks: ML54.6
  • Songs with accompaniment of one instrument (other than piano): M1623-1624.8
  • Songs with accompaniment of piano and one other instrument: M1621.3
Part II: Representative Subject Headings for Art Song
Part III: Useful Sources

Coffin, Berton. Singer's Repertoire. New York: Scarecrow Press, 1960.
Music Ref. ML128.V7 C67 1960

Davis, Richard. A Beginning Singer's Guide. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 1998.
Lied Book Stacks MT820 .D27 1998

Emmons, Shirlee. The Art of the Song Recital. New York: Schirmer Books, 1979.
Lied Book Stacks MT892 .E54 2002

Emmons, Shirlee. Power Performance for Singers: Transcending the Barriers. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
Lied Book Stacks MT892 .E55 1998

Espina, Noni. Repertoire for the Solo Voice: A Fully Annotated Guide to Works for the Solo Voice Published in Modern Editions and Covering Material from the 13th Century to the Present. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1977.
Music Ref. ML128.S3 E8

Kagen, Sergius. Music for the Voice; A Descriptive List of Concert and Teaching Material. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1968.
Music Ref. ML128.V7 K3 1997

Kimball, Carol. Song: A Guide To Style And Literature. Redmond, Wash.: Pst. Inc., 1996.
Music Ref. MT120.K55 S6 1996

Manning, Jane. New Vocal Repertory: An Introduction. New York: Taplinger Pub. Co., 1986.
Lied Book Stacks ML2807 .M36x 1987

Meister, Barbara. An Introduction to the Art Song. New York: Taplinger Pub. Co., 1980.
Lied Book Stacks ML2800 .M44 1980


The Performer Prepares. Dallas, TX.: Pst. Inc., 1992.
Music Media MT820 .P47 - Videocassette (VHS)

Part IV: Translation Sources

For other sources of translations, search the UNLV Libraries catalog for recordings of the song which may have translations contained in the liner notes. If you are having trouble locating a translation, please ask for assistance at the Service Counter.

Coffin, Berton, Werner Singer and Pierre Delattre. Word-by-Word Translations of Songs and Arias. New York, Scarecrow Press, 1966-72.
Music Ref. ML54.6 W65

Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich. The Fischer-Dieskau Book of Lieder: The Original Texts of Over Seven Hundred and Fifty Songs. New York: Knopf, 1977, 1976.
Lied Book Stacks PT1160.E6 F5 1977

LeVan, Timothy. Masters of the French Art Song: Translations of the Complete Songs of Chausson, Debussy, Duparc, Fauré & Ravel. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1991.
Lied Book Stacks ML54.6 .M33 1991

LeVan, Timothy. Masters of the Italian Art Song: Word-by-Word and Poetic Translations of the Complete Songs for Voice and Piano. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1990.
Lied Book Stacks ML54.6 .M34 1990

Miller, Philip Lieson. The Ring of Words: An Anthology of Song Texts. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, [1963].
Lied Book Stacks ML54.6 .M55R 1963

Paquin, Marie-Thérèse. Dix Cycles de Lieder=Ten Cycles of Lieder: Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Schubert, Schumann. Montréal: Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal, 1977.
Lied Book Stacks ML54.6 .D59

Phillips, Lois. Lieder Line by Line, and Word for Word. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.
Music Ref. ML54.6.P55 L5 1996

Part V: Periodicals

Journal of Singing.
Formerly titled: The NATS Journal, The NATS Bulletin, Bulletin.
Lied Periodicals ML27.U5 N2652

Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation.
Lied Periodicals QP306 .J68

Voice: The Journal of the British Voice Association.
Lied Periodicals QP306 .V65