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Historically Informed Performance

Find and evaluate primary sources to enrich your musical understanding and performances!

Searching the Library for Narrative Accounts

Combine any of the following with the name of a composer:

Correspondence (example: Composer and correspondence)

Diaries (example: Diaries and opera)

Interviews (examples: Interviews and Composers)

Personal Narratives (example: Personal narratives and music)

Sources (example: Music and Sources)


Online Sources for Historic Narratives & Performance Reviews

RIPM: Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals - International index to 18th, 19th, and 20th century periodical literature dealing with music.

JSTOR - In Advanced Search, limit item type to "reviews."

Historical New York TimesSelect "review" from document type to limit your search to reviews only.

English Short Title Catalog -  Over 460,000 items published between 1473 and 1800  published mainly in the British Isles and North America