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Textbooks and Anthologies

Western Music in Context: A Norton History Series divide each period in a single handy book. Each anthology includes scores and analytical commentary. Use this when you want to have one specific period and its contents are cultural and social perspectives.

Fassler, Margot. 2014.

Music in the Medieval West.

Call no.: Music 780.902 F249 m98 and its anthology 


Heller, Wendy. 2014. 

Music in the baroque.

Call no.: Music 780.9032 H47 and its anthology



Freedman, Richard. 2013. 

Music in the Renaissance.

Call no.: Music 780.9031 F85 and its anthology




Oxford History of Western Music: college edition, a single thick one, is based on the six-volume work by Richard Taruskin.

  • Places musical works within their larger cultural, social and political contexts
  • Includes chapter summaries, key terms, study questions and a glossary
Textbook    Anthologies CDs  


Taruskin, Richard, and Christopher Howard Gibbs. 2013. The Oxford history of Western music. New York: Oxford University Press.

Call no.: Music 780.9 T19 o9 G





Rothenberg, David J., Robert R. Holzer, Klára Móricz, and David E. Schneider. 2013. Oxford anthology of Western music. New York: Oxford University Press.

Call no.: Music 780.9 O98 R  v.1-3 anthology

Volume 1: The Earliest Notations to the early eighteenth Century

Volume 2: The Mid-Eighteenth Century to the Late Nineteenth Century

Volume 3: The Twentieth Century


Taruskin, Richard. 2013. The Oxford recorded anthology of western music. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Call no.: Music 780.9 O98 r3  v.1-3 CD

Volume 1: The Earliest Notations to the Early Eighteenth Century 2 CDs

Volume 2: The Mid-Eighteenth Century to the Late Nineteenth Century 3 CDs

Volume 3: The twentieth century 2 CDs


"Taking a critical perspective that challenges the received wisdom of the field, Richard Taruskin sets the details of music, the chronological sweep of figures, works, and musical ideas, within the larger context of world affairs and cultural history."

Taruskin, Richard. 

The Oxford History of Western Music. 

New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.


Call number: MuR 780.9 T19 o9 v.1-6     


Volume 1

The earliest notations to the sixteenth century


Volume 2

The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries




Suggested Music Textbooks


Cattin, Giulio, and F. Alberto Gallo.

Music of the Middle Ages.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984.

Music 780.902 C36 m9

Christensen, Thomas Street. 

The Cambridge History of Western Music Theory.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

 Music 781.09 C1  

Everist, Mark. 

The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Music.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.


Fenlon, Iain.

Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Music.

Cambridge: Cambridge University press, 1985.


Fiero, Gloria K. 

The Humanistic Tradition, vol. 1.

Boston: McGraw Hill, 2015.

Music 909.09821 F46 v.1-2  

Hoppin, Richard H.

Medieval Music.

New York: W.W. Norton, 1978.

Music 780.902 H7

McKinnon, James W.

Antiquity and the Middle Ages: From Ancient Greece to the 15th Century.

Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1991.

HKALL:  Available@HKBU Library

Palisca, Claude, and Donald J. Grout.

Norton Anthology of Western Music.

New York: Norton, 2014. 

7th ed.

Music 780.82 N88 P v.1-3

Strunk, W. Oliver, et al.

Source Readings in Music History.

New York: Norton, 1998.

Music 780.9 S92 N8 v.1-7 

Featured books

Early Music  

Butt, John.

Playing with History: The Historical Approach to Musical Performance.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Music 781.43 B98 p7

Haskell, Harry.

The Early Music Revival: A History.

Courier Corporation, 1988.

Music 780.903 H3

Kelly, Thomas Forrest.

Early Music: A Very Short Introduction.

New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Music 780.9 K29

Kenyon, Nicholas, ed.

Authenticity and Early Music: A Symposium.

Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Music 781.63 A93

Leech-Wilkinson, Daniel., Mervyn. 

The Modern Invention of Medieval Music: Scholarship, Ideology, Performance.

Cambridge; New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Music 780.902 L48 m6

Sherman, Bernard D.

“ Inside Early Music: Conversations with Performers.”

New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Music 781.43 S55 i5

Ancient Greece and Rome  

Barker, Andrew.

Greek Musical Writings.

Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1984.

X 781.738 G79  v.1  

Bundrick, Sheramy D. 

Music and Image in Classical Athens.

New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Music 704.9497809385 B94

Comotti, Giovanni.

Music in Greek and Roman culture.

Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989.


Halliwell, Stephen.

The Aesthetics of Mimesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Problems.

Princeton, N.J. ; Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2002.

111.85 H191 a 

Heller-Roazen, Daniel.

The Fifth Hammer: Pythagoras and the Disharmony of the World.

New York: Zone Books : Cambridge, Mass. : Distributed by the MIT Press, 2011.

Music 781.2501 H47

Mathiesen, Thomas J.

Apollo’s Lyre: Greek Music and Music Theory in Antiquity and the Middle Ages.

Lincoln, Neb.: University of Nebraska Press, 1999.


Murray, Penelope, and Peter Wilson.

Music and the Muses: The Culture of ‘Mousikē’ in the Classical Athenian City. 

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.


Nightingale, Andrea Wilson.

Spectacles of Truth in Classical Greek Philosophy: Theoria in Its Cultural Context.

Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

184 N6

Pollitt, J. J.

Art and Experience in Classical Greece.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1972.

Music 709.38 P77  

 Middle Ages

Bent, Margaret, and Andrew Wathey.

Fauvel Studies: Allegory, Chronicle, Music, and Image in Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, MS Français 146.

Oxford; New York: Clarendon Press, 1998.

Music 841.091 F27

Boynton, Susan, and Diane J Reilly (eds). 

Resounding Images: Medieval Intersections of Art, Music, and Sound. 

Turnhout [Belgium]: Brepols, 2015.


Busse Berger, Anna Maria.

Medieval Music and the Art of Memory.

Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008.

Music 780.902 B49 m4

Butterfield, Ardis.

Poetry and Music in Medieval France: From Jean Renart to Guillaume de Machaut.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

842.091 B9

Carruthers, Mary J. 

The Book of Memory: A Study of Memory in Medieval Culture

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Music 153.12 C31 

Dillon, Emma.

Medieval Music-Making and the Roman de Fauvel.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Music 780.9440902 D579 m4

Dillon, Emma.

The Sense of Sound: Musical Meaning in France, 1260-1330.

New York: Oxford University Press, 2012

Music 780.94409022 D57

Gaunt, Simon. 

Troubadours and Irony.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

841.091 G27

Gaunt, Simon, and Sarah Kay. 

The Troubadours: An Introduction.

Cambridge: Cambridge Universty Press, 2003. 

849.449091 T85

 Page, Christopher.

The Owl and the Nightingale: Musical Life and Ideas in France, 1100-1300.

Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990.

X 780.9440902 P13 o9

Panofsky, Erwin. 

Gothic Architecture and Scholasticism..

New York: Meridian Books, 1957.

723.55 P19  

Peraino, Judith A. 

Giving Voice to Love: Song and Self-Expression from the Troubadours to Guillaume de Machaut.

New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 


Pesce, Dolores.

Hearing the Motet: Essays on the Motet of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2009. 

Music 782.260902 H43

Treitler, Leo.

With Voice and Pen: Coming to Know Medieval Song and How It Was Made.

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Music 782.420902 T78 w8


Camiz, Franca Trinchieri, and Katherine A McIver.

Art and Music in the Early Modern Period: Essays in Honor of Franca Trinchieri Camiz.

Aldershot, Hants, England; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2003.

709.61 A78 M

Charalampous, Charis.

Rethinking the Mind-Body Relationship in Early Modern Literature, Philosophy and Medicine: The Renaissance of the Body.

New York : Routledge, 2016.

820.93561 C469 r43

D'Accone, Frank A.

The Civic Muse: Music and Musicians in Siena during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.

Music 780.945580902 D117 c

Gersh, Stephen, Bert Roest, and Oriental Centre for Classical Medieval, and Renaissance Studies, eds.

Medieval and Renaissance Humanism: Rhetoric, Representation, and Reform.

Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2003.


Finucci, Valeria.

The Prince’s Body: Vincenzo Gonzaga and Renaissance Medicine.

Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2015.

Haar, James, and Paul E Corneilson.

The Science and Art of Renaissance Music.

Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1998.

Music 780.9031 H11 s4

Judd, Cristle Collins.

Reading Renaissance Music Theory: Hearing with the Eyes.

Cambridge, UK; New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Music 781.09031 J91 r

Kirkman, Andrew.

The cultural life of the early polyphonic mass: medieval context to modern revival.

New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Music 782.3231284 K59

Lockwood, Lewis.

Music in Renaissance Ferrara, 1400-1505: The Creation of a Musical Center in the Fifteenth Century.

Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1984.

Available@ HKALL

Lowinsky, Edward E, and Bonnie J Blackburn.

Music in the Culture of the Renaissance and Other Essays.

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989.

Music 780.9031 L91 v.1-2

Meyer-Baer, Kathi.

Music of the Spheres and the Dance of Death: Studies in Musical Iconology.

Princeton : Princeton University Press, 1970.

X 780.1 M61

Palisca, Claude V, Nancy Kovaleff Baker, and Barbara Russano Hanning.

Musical Humanism and Its Legacy: Essays in Honor of Claude V. Palisca.

Stuyvesant, NY: Pendragon Press, 1992.


Pirrotta, Nino.

Music and Culture in Italy from the Middle Ages to the Baroque: A Collection of Essays.

Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1984.


Prins, Jacomien.

Echoes of an Invisible World: Marsilio Ficino and Francesco Patrizi on Cosmic Order and Music Theory.

Leiden: Brill, 2015.


Tomlinson, Gary.

Music in Renaissance Magic: Toward a Historiography of Others.

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993.

Music 780.013309031 T65 m9

Vendrix, Philippe.

Music and the Renaissance: Renaissance, Reformation and counter-Reformation.

Farnham, England: Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2011.

Music 780.9031 M98 V


Early Music History is devoted to the study of music from the early Middle Ages to the end of the seventeenth century. It gives preference to studies pursuing interdisciplinary approaches and to those developing new methodological ideas. The scope is broad and includes manuscript studies, textual criticism, iconography, studies of the relationship between words and music, and the relationship between music and society.

Year coverage: 2001 –


Early Music is a stimulating and richly illustrated journal and is unrivaled in its field. Founded in 1973, it remains the journal for anyone interested in early music and how it is being interpreted today. Contributions from scholars and performers on international standing explore every aspect of earlier musical repertoires, present vital new evidence for our understanding of the music of the past, and tackle controversial issues of performance practice.

Year coverage: 1973 –



         Early music today 

Dictionaries & Databases

New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians 



Online access  Music Collection, 1/F Main Library Old Wing (Library Use Only)


Grove Music Online comprises New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians (2001), New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992) and New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (2002), which provide scholarly articles and biographies. These are considered the most authoritative reference materials for its full-text scholarly writings and bibliographies.


 New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians (2001)

 29 volumes

 Call number: MuR 780.3 G88

 Location: Reference Collection



 New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992)

 4 volumes

 Call number: MuR 782.103 N53

 Location: Reference Collection 


MGG Online, an online platform enables full functionality on mobile & tablet devices and provides automatic translations from German into over 100 languages via Google Translate integration. It also provides cross references linking related content throughout MCC Online. 

Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG) is an authoritative encyclopedia of music, written in German. It offers in-depth articles on every aspect of music as well as many related areas such as literature, philosophy, and visual arts.

Call number: MuR 780.3 B6 

29 volumes

Location: Reference Collection



Music Databases


Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (RIPM)        

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature Online (RILM)

Year Coverage 



Subject Coverage 

  • Opera
  • Musical Instruments
  • Composers and musicians 
  • Historical musicology
  • Ethnomuicology
  • Popular music and jazz
  • Theory, analysis and composition
  • Sound sources
  • Performance practice and notation
  • Pedagogy
  • Reference and research materials
  • Music and other arts


  • Music publications before 1967, i.e. reviews, magazines and journals
  • Languages include English and Europeans
  • Features citations, abstracts, scholarly articles, Festschriften, conference proceedings, and reviews.
  • Languages include English, European and others


  • You can also search a specific journal. Type a journal title in the box of Publication. All results related to the journal will be displayed in result pages.


Theses & Dissertations

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I (since 1861) is the most comprehensive source of its kind. It offers abstracts, citations and 24-page previews of dissertations and theses.

Digital Dissertation Consortium (since 2001) provides abstracts, citations and full-text dissertations.


Do you know you need to cite sources in writing your academic papers? Otherwise, your readers would begin to doubt that you would have plagiarized. Academic honesty and academic excellence go hand in hand. You may watch the following videos to learn what constitutes plagiarism, how to cite sources using practical tools and how to check for originality with Turnitin. The videos are produced jointly by the HKU TELI and HKU Libraries.

What is Plagiarism?

Why Cite?

When to Cite

How to Cite Properly

Citation Styles 

Citation Tools

How to Check Plagiarism

What is Plagiarism? (a handbook)

Turnitin checks your work for potential plagiarism.

How to cite your sources

When you cite resources properly, readers can follow your thoughts and your meticulous research work is shown as well. There are some citation styles and you may wish to seek your professor’s preference before getting started. Once you have chosen a style, it is important to be consistent. 



   The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.

   Call number: MuR 808.0270973 C53

   For online version, the Quick Guide features two basic documentation systems: 1. notes & bibliography 2. author-date.


Other citation styles, e.g. APA, MLA

How to Cite Film, Video and Online Media (from UC Berkeley)

How to Cite Miscellaneous Sources: Music or Sound Recording (from the Yale Writing Center)