BH -- Music

Harenberg-Komponisten-Lexikon: 760 Komponisten und ihr Werk. Mit 1060 Meilensteinen der Musik sowie kommentierten CD-Tipps der Redaktion “Fono Forum” [Harenberg Encyclopedia of Composers: 760 Composers and Their Works. With 1,060 Milestones of Music Plus Annotated CD Tips from the Editors of Fono Forum]. Richard Braun [et al.]. Dortmund: Harenberg-Lexikon-Verlag, 2001. 1,080 p. ill. 25 cm. ISBN 3-611-00978-4: EUR 50.00 [02-1-100]

This lexicon of composers follows on the heels of the publication of several thematic guides by the same publishers (e.g., Harenberg-Opernführer, rev. ed. 2000, see RREA 7:180; Harenberg-Chormusikführer, 1999, see RREA 6:199), and purports to serve as a supplement to and link among them. For each of the composers, a biographical sketch is supplied, but the main emphasis is clearly on the works. Depending on the volume of a composer’s creative output, these can either be listed simply under the heading “compositions” or broken down into categories, such as stage works, orchestra works, chamber music, etc. The “milestones” mentioned in the title are 1,060 selected works of 240 composers with reviews and, usually, recommendations of CDs of each work. The index of personal names lists the composers as well as other persons mentioned in the articles. This volume belongs in any library with music holdings. [mr/hh]

Musik und Freimaurerei: Studien, Fakten, Biographien [Music and Freemasonry: Studies, Facts, Biographies]. Heinz Schuler. Wilhelmshaven: Noetzel, 2000. 344 p. 18 cm. (Taschenbücher zur Musikwissenschaft, 141). ISBN 3-7959-0788-8: EUR 25.00 [02-1-101]

There exists a close relationship between music and Freemasonry, which the author of the present volume has previously examined in his Mozart und die Freimaurerei (Wilhelmshaven, 1992). Mozart is again central to the first section of this book, with previously unpublished essays and lectures by the author. The more extensive second section consists of bio-bibliographies of Freemason composers and others who have written music for Freemasons or on Masonic themes, although with an emphasis on the German-speaking countries. The short biographies focus particularly on the subject’s connections to Freemasonry and naturally mention the lodge to which the composer belonged. The bibliographies make special mention of compositions for lodges, followed by sources and secondary literature. Indexes include (1) lodges in alphabetical order and (2) musical works referring to Freemasonry and lodges, by genre. This title is highly specialized. [sh/dfb]

Kürschners deutscher Musik-Kalender [Kürschner’s German Music Handbook]. Ed. Katrin Hofmann. 3d ed. München: Saur, 2002. xiii, 791 p. 21 cm. ISBN 3-598-24210-7: EUR 210.00 [02-1-102]

Begun in 1929 by Erich Hermann Mueller von Asow—author of the standard-setting Richard Strauß bibliography—as Deutsches Musiker-Lexikon [Lexicon of German Musicians], the second edition did not appear until 1954, under the current title and with the collaboration of Mueller von Asow’s wife, Hedwig. Like its predecessors, the third edition records the addresses, education and career, ensembles, distinctions, most important works/performances, dedications if applicable, additional information (such as ensembles formed, publications, etc.), and literature references for over 10,500 living, professional concert musicians in German-speaking countries. Also included is an index of musicians by profession or instrument, as well as appendices listing anniversaries, agents, festivals, conservatories, theaters, publishers, contests, and ensembles. Valuable for both current reference usefulness and future research use, one wishes it appeared on a more regular basis. [mr/dfb]

Autorenhandbuch Musik: Wissenschaftler und Autoren auf den Gebieten der Musikwissenschaft, Musikkritik und musikalischen Publizistik in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz; Kontaktadressen, Forschungsgebiete, Arbeitsfelder, Veröffentlichungen und sonstige Aktivitäten [Handbook of Music Writers: Scholars and Authors in the Areas of Musicology, Music Criticism, and Music Journalism in Germany, Austria and Switzerland; Contact Addresses, Areas of Research, Fields of Work, Publications, and Other Activities]. Berlin: Kuhn, 2001. Free access at http://www.vek.de/ahb.htm [02-1-103]

Since its beginning, the Autorenhandbuch Musik has been published simultaneously in both print and electronic editions, with the most recent being continuously updated online. A new print edition came out in March of 2003. The information is selfreported, with little editorial review, and inclusion in the directory is provided for a fee based on the length of the entry. These facts may account for some important omissions and for the unevenness of the articles in length and quality. Entries include name, title, address, area of work, publications, and other activities. Entries are organized alphabetically. The index of areas of specialization has been improved, but the comprehensive personal name index has been eliminated. Libraries can forego the print edition as long as the Internet version is available. [mr/dfb]

Enciclopedia interpreţilor din Moldova [Encyclopedia of Musical Interpreters in Moldova]. Serafim Buzilă. 2d ed. Chiinău: Editura ARC; Museum, 1999. 499 p. ill. 20 cm. ISBN 9-975-61-104-4 (ARC), ISBN 9-975-906-35-8 (Museum).

An RREO Original Review

Moldova’s rich ethnic and linguistic culture (see RREA 8:35 and 8:36) is matched by its rich musical tradition, hence this well-deserved, perhaps even monumental, reference work. Enciclopedia interpreţilor din Moldova (EIM) contains approximately 1,100 entries on musical interpreters—composers, conductors, directors, musicians, scholars, and singers of the classical and folk genres from Moldova. The book also includes both major figures from the Romanian province of Moldova, which borders the Republic of Moldova (together they comprise the contiguous historical territory of Moldova), as well as other major Romanian figures who have some, however tenuous, connection to the contemporary Republic of Moldova.

This second edition is a revision and expansion of the first, Interpreţi din Moldova: lexicon enciclopedic (1460–1960) (Chisinau, 1996). EIM begins with a biography, in Romanian and French, of the late author, Serafim Buzilă, himself a composer and a journalist, who died the year preceding publication of the second edition. There is no other prefatory matter—no author’s preface, no introduction, no note on the new edition. The only supplemental material is a nine-page list of major and frequently mentioned musical associations and institutions, with brief descriptions.

Arranged alphabetically in two-column format, entries average approximately 600 words, with some for major personalities being several thousand words in length. Included are birth and death dates and locations; profession; photograph or portrait (some entries); education, training, tutors, and pupils; brief biography of musical accomplishments; residencies; collaborators; radio performances; iconography (photographic and illustrative collections, sculptures, etc.); an international discography and filmography, with, in the case of dual careers, conducting and artistic performances separated; a bibliography of primary literature (written works, not musical); and an international bibliography of secondary literature, including performance reviews. Some professions have additional information. For example, for opera singers the roles they played are listed, and for conductors their locations in residence and other appearances. Biographical information is terse, factual, and objective.

In addition to being extremely comprehensive by including all significant artists, EIM is particularly valuable for its supplementary information, such as listings of Moldovan radio performances, and for the bibliographies and discographies which provide citations from obscure but valuable Central and East European sources. For instance, fans of the Chiinău-born Viennese soprano and actress Maria Cebotari will find citations to a Yugoslavian recording and over 60 articles and chapters published in Moldova, Romania, and Russia (and only approximately a dozen combined from France, Germany, Great Britain, and Italy). EIM also pays significant attention to folk musicians and singers, making it even more valuable for its geographic-specific focus and content.

Overall EIM is excellent, but there remain two inadequacies. First is the aforementioned lack of introductory and supplementary information. An introduction explaining methodology and a scholarly bibliography would have added to the value of the work. Similarly, geographical and chronological indexes, and an index for professions and types of artists, all would have been useful for both casual readers and researchers. For example, Romania and Moldova over the past century have produced dozens of internationally acclaimed opera singers, and the opera aficionado, for one, certainly would want an access point to this information (the city of Galaţi alone produced several world-class sopranos in the second half of the twentieth century).

The other significant problem is that the title of EIM does not correspond to its content. If the Moldova of the title is to be taken to imply the historical greater Moldova, then the author is justified in listing the sopranos Nelly Miricioiu and Horiana Brăniteanu, who were born respectively in Iai and Galaţi, Romania. More problematic are the many entries for artists from other regions of Romania whose only connection to Moldova may have been through performance. For example, the musician and composer George Enescu, who appropriately is treated by French and Romanian music encyclopedias, is included here because of his performances in Chiinău and other Moldovan cities between 1918 and 1938 (and this is a period when today’s Republic of Moldova was part of Romania). No other Moldovan connection can be made—not even one of his many students was Moldovan. On the other hand, EIM is much richer and more valuable as a reference book by embracing these extra individuals, and by detailing their performances in the Republic of Moldova.

Despite these flaws, EIM remains the most comprehensive and exhaustive biographical resource on Moldovan music, and an extremely valuable book to any library specializing in music or East European studies.

The title is available from the major East European jobber, East View Information Services, for $25.95.

210 österreichische Komponistinnen: vom 16. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart; Biographie, Werk und Bibliographie; ein Lexikon [210 Austrian Women Composers: From the 16th Century through the Present: Biography, Work, and Bibliography; An Encyclopedia]. Eva Marx and Gerlinde Haas. Salzburg [et al.]: Residenz-Verlag, 2001. 575 p. ill. 25 cm. ISBN 3-7017-1215-8: EUR 50.00 [02-1-104]

This encyclopedia seeks to provide the first comprehensive accounting of women composers from the 16th century onward who were born or died in Austria, or who spent the majority of their career there. The authors required that the work of older composers, for whom reliable information was more difficult to locate, be evidenced by at least one extant review, concert program, concert announcement, or recording. The encyclopedia consists of two alphabetically ordered sections. The first provides biographical essays for those individuals for whom there exists sufficient and reliable information. The second section provides available details for those individuals about whom little information exists. Entries in both sections present the name(s) of the individual at the head of each entry; their places of birth and death; genealogical and biographical material; a list of known compositions (including those known to be missing), organized by genre; a discography; and a list of sources and secondary literature. Because there is no index for the volume, one must be certain to consult the second section if an entry is not found in the first. This is one of the best encyclopedias on women composers to appear in the past several years. [sh/dfb]

Catalogue of Early Music Prints From the Collection of the Former Preußische Staatsbibliothek in Berlin, Kept at the Jagiellonian Library in Cracow = Katalog starodruków muzycznych ze sbiorów bylej Pruskiej Biblioteki Panstwowej w Berlinie, przechowywanych w Bibliotece Jagiellonskiej w Krakowie. Ed. Aleksandra Patalas. Kraków: Musica Iagellonica, 1999. xi, 489 p. 25 cm. ISBN 83-7099-090-8: DM 156.00 [02-1-106]

A portion of the collections of the former Prussian State Library, which were removed to Silesia during World War II, were brought afterwards to the Jagiellonian Library in Cracow, Poland. The present catalog records titles printed between 1501 and 1700 in this collection, filling a gap in the Répertoire Internationale des Sources Musicales project. The catalog comprises 2,591 entries in four sections: (1) a list of individual works and compilations attributed primarily to a single composer, arranged alphabetically by composer, with publications listed chronologically; (2) an alphabetical list of anonymous works; (3) a chronological listing of compilations, with references to those in section one; (4) a chronological listing of German song books, also with references to those listed in the first section. The composer index refers to the numbered entries. As a supplement to RISM, this catalog belongs in every music library. [mr/dfb]

Thematischer Katalog der Musikaliensammlung Großfahner/Eschenbergen in Thüringen [Thematic Catalog of the Großfahner-Eschenbergen Music Collection in Thuringia]. Hans Rudolf Jung. Kassel: Bärenreiter, 2001. 578 p. maps, music 24 cm. (Catalogus musicus, 17). ISBN 3-7618-1573-5: EUR 62.00 [02-1-107]

This catalog describes a collection of printed and manuscript music discovered in 1968 and consisting primarily of sacred music by Central-German composers dating from 1640 to 1750. Preceded by an essay on polyphonic music in the region during this period, the thematic catalog is organized into three sections, listing: (1) anonymous compositions; (2) works by individual composers, with short biographies and references to secondary literature; (3) copyists, with short biographies and references to works in sections one and two. Following the thematic catalog is a facsimile of a handwritten catalog prepared in 1727 by one of the main copyists, as well as a selected catalog of watermarks, a bibliography, and indexes of text incipits and signatures. This title is appropriate for research libraries. [mr/dfb]

Der Brockhaus, Musik: Personen, Epochen, Sachbegriffe [The Brockhaus Encyclopedia of Music: Persons, Epochs, Concepts]. Ed. Marianne Strzysch-Siebeck. 2d fully rev. ed. Mannheim; Leipzig: Brockhaus, 2001. 896 p. ill. 25 cm. ISBN 3-7653-0374-7: EUR 49.50 [02-1-108]

Preceded by publications of such significance as the Brockhaus-Riemann-Musiklexicon [Brockhaus-Riemann Music Encyclopedia] (Wiesbaden; Mainz, 1982), this encyclopedia is of minor significance for libraries. The present edition contains over 7,000 entries, as well as tables and summaries, sidebars on famous works and individuals, overviews of important periods and genres, and special articles on key concepts in music. This is primarily for home or school use by music enthusiasts; libraries can rely on other reference works. [mr/dfb]

Kompendium der musikalischen Sujets: ein Werkkatalog [Compendium of Musical Subjects: A Catalog of Works]. Alexander Reischert. 2 vols. Kassel [et al.]: Bärenreiter, 2001. 1,417 p. 25 cm. IBN 3-7618-1427-5: EUR 148.00 [02-1-109]

Some 17,000 vocal and instrumental works and more than 12,000 composers, literary authors, and painters can be found in this resource, which catalogs the use in classical music of subjects from history, religion, mythology, literature, and art. In recognition of the importance of this topic to cultural history, articles are written to interest a general audience, as well as musicians and specialists in musicology. With few exceptions, the subjects included have been used in at least three compositions. Adaptations of indexed works are not themselves indexed.

Subject entries are arranged alphabetically and include references to related subjects or preferred terms. Full entries also include an explanation of the subject and a chronological list of compositions with literary sources (if any). Data for compositions include author of text; dates of composition, first performance, and publication; and, in some cases, performance length and holding location of manuscript or first edition. Volume 2 contains an index of subjects arranged in the four broad categories of historical persons and events, literary characters and works, mythological references, and religious figures and motifs. There is also an index of composers, authors, artists, directors, and choreographers. A website at http://www.musiksujets.de offers updates.

No library can afford to be without this work. It offers broader coverage than the somewhat comparable Lexikon Programmusik (see RREA 7:177), which restricts itself to instrumental compositions. The two works complement each other and can be used together to great advantage. [mr/gw]

Samuel-Scheidt-Werke-Verzeichnis: SSWV [Catalog of the Works of Samuel >Scheidt]. Ed. Klaus-Peter Koch. Wiesbaden [et al.]: Breitkopf & Härtel, 2000. viii, 188 p. music. 28 cm. ISBN 3-7651-0332-2: EUR 46.00 [02-1-110]

This is a heavily revised and updated version of a work that first appeared in 1989. Noteworthy features of the new edition include the provision of incipits, the indexing of dubious works, and fuller information regarding dedications. Printed works are listed chronologically, and manuscript works are arranged by distribution of parts: a capella vocal works are followed by vocal/instrumental and instrumental compositions. There are also separate listings of works of doubtful authenticity and of lost works. Works are numbered in order of their appearance in the catalog, and newly discovered works also receive a reference number indicating where they would have been placed in the original catalog. Besides the usual catalog data, entries include information on dedications and 17th-century work reception, as well as summaries of research on the doubtful works. This title can be recommended for all libraries with music collections. [mr/gw]

Kommentiertes Verzeichnis der Werke und Werkausgaben Igor Strawinskys bis 1971 [Annotated Catalog of Works and Editions of Igor Stravinsky to 1971]. Helmut Kirchmeyer. Leipzig: Verlag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften; Stuttgart; Leipzig: Hirzel, 2002. 602 p. music, ill. 25 cm. (Abhandlungen der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig; Philologisch-Historische Klasse, 79). ISBN 3-7776-1156-5: EUR 84.00 [02-1-112]

In this catalog of Stravinsky’s compositions and editions of his works appearing up to the year of his death, the listings are organized chronologically and summarize significant documentary, biographical, and historical details related to the works. As in the best composer catalogs, the entries provide extensive information related to all aspects of the creation and dissemination of Stravinsky’s works. A single index distinguishes people, topics, and works through typographical variations. This work is of great significance, not least because of the complexities of Stravinsky’s opus, which in many instances underwent much revision. The author’s own Igor Strawinsky, Zeitgeschichte im Persönlichkeitsbild (Regensburg, 1958) introduced a currently standard numbering system for the composer’s works (K-Nummer, or K numbers). This work should not be missing from any library. A larger edition is expected, which will include complete histories of each work and its development, a complete discography to 1971, and detailed descriptions of the editions. Apparently the inclusion of incipits and a systematic index will remain desiderata. [mr/dfb]

Musik-Almanach: Daten und Fakten zum Musikleben in Deutschland [Music Almanach: Dates and Facts on Musical Life in Germany]. Ed. Andreas Eckhardt for the Deutsche Musikrat. A publication of the Deutsches Musikinformationszentrum. Kassel: Bärenreiter; Bosse. 21 cm. [02-2-367]

2003–04. 2002. xii, 1,403 p. ISSN 0930-8954, ISBN 3-7618-2484-X (Bärenreiter), ISBN 3-7649-2484-5 (Bosse): EUR 39.90, EUR 69.80 (book + CD-ROM)

The Musik-Almanach, which has appeared since 1986 in approximately three year intervals, presents an overview and a directory of German musical life, its organizations and institutions, as well as European-wide organizations and institutions. The book and CD-ROM contain over 10,000 entries with addresses and details accurate through the end of June, 2002 and updated information online at http://www.miz.org. It is hoped that, despite the financial insecurities of the Deutscher Musikrat [German Music Council], the continued existence of the Musik-Almanach as an indispensible resource for libraries can be secured. [mr/dfb]

Brahms-Bruckner. Christian Martin Schmidt and Wolfram Steinbeck. Kassel: Bärenreiter; Stuttgart; Weimar: Metzler, 2002. 207 p. ill. 21 cm. (MGG Prisma). ISBN 3-7618-1629-4 (Bärenreiter), ISBN 3-476-41045-1 (Metzler): EUR 14.90 [02-2-371]

Messe und Motette [Mass and Motet]. Ed. Laurenz Lütteken. Kassel: Bärenreiter; Stuttgart; Weimar: Metzler, 2002. 200 p. ill. music. 21 cm. (MGG Prisma). ISBN 3-7618-1627-8 (Bärenreiter), ISBN 3-476-41044-7 (Metzler): EUR 16.90 [02-2-372]

Streichinstrumente [String Instruments]. Ed. Christiana Nobach. Kassel: Bärenreiter; Stuttgart; Weimar: Metzler, 2002. 357 p. ill. musical ex. 21 cm. (MGG Prisma). ISBN 3-7618-1628-6 (Bärenreiter), ISBN 3-476-41043-9 (Metzler): EUR 19.90 [02-2-373]

These three volumes, which contain expanded and revised articles on specific topics from the encyclopedia Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart [Music in Past and Present], continue the MGG Prisma series that began in 2001. The volume on the composers Johannes Brahms and Anton Bruckner provides only slightly expanded versions of the MGG articles on the individuals and lacks both an introduction and indexes. The volume on the Mass and Motet includes the two main articles on these topics, as well as the articles from the sections on the Mass and the Requiem. Cumulative bibliographies conclude each chapter. This volume also lacks an index and contains some problematic editorial oversights. The volume on string instruments includes articles on their construction, the viola, viola d’amore, viola da gamba, violin, cello, violone (the predecessor to the double bass), and the double bass. Separate articles on the historical antecedents of the instruments are not included, but the instruments’ histories are discussed in each article. The volume includes a cumulative bibliography and an index of terms. [mr/dfb]

Oesterreichisches Musiklexikon: OEM [Austrian Encyclopedia of Music]. Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Philosophisch-Historische Klasse. Ed. Rudolf Flotzinger. Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. 25 cm. ISBN 3-7001-3041-4 (set): EUR 199.50 (subscription) [02-2-375]

Vol. 1. Abbado–Fux. 2002. xvii, 517 p. ill. music. ISBN 3-7001-3043-0: EUR 49.90

To be completed in five volumes (at the rate of one per year), this encyclopedia joins the Musikgeschichte Österreichs [History of Austrian Music] (3 vols., 2d ed., Wien, 1995) and the Lexikon zeitgenössischer Musik aus Österreich [Encyclopedia of Contemporary Austrian Music] (Wien, 1997) to form a first-rate body of reference sources on the music of Austria. Although it is concerned primarily with Austria in its present borders, it also addresses the musical history of the former Crown Lands (Hungary, Bohemia, etc.). Most of the entries are short articles on musicians (up to the present day). For non-Austrian musicians (e.g., Abbado, Chopin), the emphasis is on their relationship to Austria. In addition, there are articles on countries, localities, and subjects (emphasizing, again, the Austrian aspect of all topics), with numerous, comprehensive survey articles on subjects and, especially, countries (e.g., 10 columns on Germany). Bibliographic references (much abbreviated) conclude each entry. The black-and-white illustrations (mainly of people and title pages) are few and of poor quality. Unlike most other specialized encyclopedias, the Oesterreichisches Musiklexikon is being offered on the Internet from the outset, at http://www.musiklexikon.ac.at, and it is to be updated on an ongoing basis. [sh/sl]

Deutsche Nationalbibliographie. Musik. [German National Bibliography: Music]. Frankfurt am Main: Buchhändler-Vereinigung [02-2-377]

March 2002. 1 CD-ROM. ISBN 3-7657-2361-4: EUR 527.00 (3 editions per year)

OPAC des Deutschen Musikarchivs Berlin [OPAC of the German Music Archive in Berlin]. Die Deutsche Bibliothek. Berlin: Deutsches Musikarchiv at http://dma-opac.ddb.de [02-2-378]

DNB-Musik has appeared since 1993, and its evolving format now comprises five segments, each of which contains portions of the German national bibliography’s music subseries: (1) DMA 1984 (series M and T, 1984– ); (2) DMA 1976–1983 (series M and T, 1976–1983); (3) DMB (Bonn catalog); (4) DML (German music literature from series A, B, G, and H, 1982– ); and (5) DMH (historical recordings of the DMA). Together these works give a reasonable overview of German composition, sheet music, and recordings. It should be noted that both the holdings of the musical information center of the East German musicians’ association (MIZ) and all 210,000 items of sheet music from the German music copyright agency (GEMA) have been transferred to the Deutsches Musik-Archiv (DMA). All of the databases are updated continually with additions. Since July 2001, DNB-Musik has been delivered as two CD-ROMs.

The installation and use of the CD-ROMs can be quite problematic, not least because the last two segments are in DOS format. Windows versions of all segments would be highly desirable. The interface and search options vary among all five sections, with the DML offering a choice of German, English, or French as the command language. DMB and DMH have no uniform titles or authority headings, while the DMA segments employ standard DMA headings. The Bonn catalog was published separately as both a book and a CD-ROM in 1997. One hopes that all of the databases can be made available on the Internet.

In May 2002, following a long delay due to conversion incompatibilities, a pilot version of the DMA OPAC became available on the Internet. The decision to resolve the technical issues before going online shows courage and responsibility, and will, one hopes, set a precedent against the trend simply to be first on the Web. The OPAC offers the content of Series M and T of the DNB, beginning with 1984; it corresponds to the DMA 1984 segment of the CD-ROM, but has the advantage of daily updates. It currently lists over 260,000 recordings and 125,000 sheet music items. The numerous search options, including keyword and boolean searching, truncation, limited and expanded searches (including type of material), indexes, and search history, are explained in a comprehensive help file, as are the limitations of the pilot version. The ability to search the order numbers, which are not uniform, in uninterrupted order is especially noteworthy, as are numerous search options for persons and corporate bodies, behind which are the standardized data. [mr/mm]

Werner-Wolf-Glaser-Werkverzeichnis [Index to the Compositions of Werner Wolf Glaser]. Otfried Richter. Köln-Rheinkassel: Dohr, 2002. 368 p. music. 22 cm. ISBN 3-936655-00-6: EUR 99.80 [02-2-380]

This bibliography of approximately 580 compositions by Werner Wolf Glaser, a composer of German-Jewish descent who emigrated to Sweden, is organized into two large sections. The first is arranged according to the types of compositions and the instruments that are required to perform them. The much more substantial second section is arranged chronologically. The linking between the two sections could be improved, and an index of titles and first lines of text should be added. The work is relevant for music libraries, if they aren’t put off by the high price. [mr/ldl]

Thematisches Verzeichnis der geistlichen Werke von Carl Gottlieb Reissiger: (1798–1859) [Thematic Catalog of the Sacred Works of Carl Gottlieb Reissiger (1798–1859)]. Manfred Fensterer. Köln-Rheinkassel: Dohr, 2002. 188 p. music 24 cm. ISBN 3-925366-97-0: EUR 69.80 [02-2-381]

This thematic catalog, to be cited as RWV, is presented not as a union list, but as an initial attempt to inventory and categorize Reissiger’s sacred works. The catalog is arranged chronologically by genre, with separate chapters for fragments, ghosts and works lost to war, and Reissiger’s arrangements and transcriptions of works by others. An addendum lists works falsely attributed to Reissiger’s father in RISM or not included in the new RISM on CD-ROM. Entries provide the incipit, title, RWV number, and scoring, which is not always reliable. Indexes to names, incipits, and keyword are provided. The catalog draws on Reissiger’s own catalog (Mscr. Dresd. App. 204, Nr. 108 in the Sächsische Landesbibliothek, Staats-und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden [State Library of Saxony, State and University Library of Dresden]), and inventories included in the following works: Kurt Kreiser, Carl Gottlieb Reissiger: sein Leben nebst einigen Beiträgen zur Geschichte des Konzertwesens in Dresden [Carl Gottlieb Reissiger: His Life with Reflections on the History of the Concert World in Dresden] (Dresden, 1918; also Diss. Universität Leipzig, 1918); Claudia Heinze, “Der Dresdner Hofkapellmeister Carl Gottlieb Reissiger (1798–1859) als Messenkomponist” [The Dresden Court Conductor Carl Gottlieb Reissiger (1798–1859) as Composer of Masses] (Masters thesis, München Univ., 1995); William Neumann, Karl Gottlieb Reissiger: eine Biographie (Cassel, 1854). This resource is recommended for all music libraries. [mr/ab]

Kleines Lexikon der Polizeimusik [Concise Dictionary of Police Music]. Wolfgang Neusius. Buchloe: Obermayer, 2002. 240 p. ill. 21 cm. ISBN 3-927781-27-4: EUR 22.40 [02-1-114]

More than a dictionary, this work describes the history of the police orchestra in Germanic Europe. It has biographies of bandmasters, with lists of their original works and arrangements; histories of bands; discographies; and a few illustrations. The section on sound recordings includes information on CDs, with an index of labels and related addresses. Addresses of police bands, arranged alphabetically by country, complete the text. Libraries with holdings in brass band music should not do without this book. [mr/mrh]

Barockmusikführer: Instrumentalmusik 1550–1770 [Guide to Baroque Music: Instrumental Music, 1550–1770]. Ed. Ingeborg Allihn. Stuttgart; Weimar: Metzler; Kassel: Bärenreiter, 2001. xx, 551 p. 24 cm. ISBN 3-476-00979-3 (Metzler), ISBN 3-7618-2022-4 (Bärenreiter): EUR 44.90 [02-1-115]

Coming three years after her Kammermusikführer (see IFB 98-3/4-276), this work lists 125 European composers of the Baroque period born by 1730, with their instrumental works (excluding works for solo keyboard). The articles give some biographical information, a list of the relevant works, and references to further sources, including many dissertations. This book is addressed not only to those who are professionally involved with music; it will be useful in libraries as both a guide and a reference work. [mr/mrh]

Bibel im Kirchenlied: eine Konkordanz zum Evangelischen Gesangbuch [The Bible in Hymns: A Concordance to the Evangelical Hymnal]. Hans-Helmar Auel and Bernhard Giesecke. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2001. 156 p. 19 cm. (Dienst am Wort, 91). ISBN 3-525-595-4: EUR 14.90 [02-1-118]

This concordance is based on Helmut Krause’s Bibel und Kirchenlied: eine Konkordanz (Göttingen, 1988). It will be useful to everyone who prepares devotional services. Portions of the hymnal specific to certain regions are not included. Unfortunately, there is no table of contents or index, so one cannot quickly find a particular book of the Bible, a theme, or a topic, but the concordance will be relevant in libraries with theological and musical holdings. [mr/mrh]

Handbuch der Oper [Opera Handbook]. Rudolf Kloiber, Wulf Konold, and Robert Maschka. 9th rev. and expanded ed. München: Deutscher Taschenbuch-Verlag; Kassel: Bärenreiter-Verlag, 2002. 929 p. 24 cm. (dtv, 32526). ISBN 3-423-32526-7 (dtv), ISBN 3-7618-1605-7 (Bärenreiter): EUR 20.00 [02-2-385]

This handbook is the product of three generations. The first edition, written by conductor Rudolf Kloiber (1899–1973), appeared in 1952. A thoroughly revised edition by Wulf Konold, the director of the Nuremburg Opera, appeared most recently in 1994. Robert Maschka, music writer and critic, has now brought out a ninth edition. It includes 58 additional operas, primarily from the Baroque (14 from Händel alone) and from the 20th century, for a total of 325. The descriptions of the works are relatively lengthy (an average of 5.5 columns) and signed. They include introductory facts such as number of acts, librettist, cast, etc. The actual description of the opera follows, covering the plot, information on the musical style, the writing of the text, and historical information (reception). There is a very brief bibliography of further readings, as well as indexes to composers and their works, opera titles, and librettists and authors of the texts. In terms of its scope and thoroughness, the Handbuch der Oper occupies a middle ground between the rather brief and conventional Reclams Opernführer (see RREA 7:179) and the more extensive (500 articles) Harenberg-Opernführer (see RREA 7:180). [sh/vh]

Handbuch der Klavierliteratur: Klaviermusik zu zwei Händen [Handbook of Piano Literature: Piano Music for Two Hands]. Klaus Wolters. 5th completely rev. ed. Zürich; Mainz: Atlantis-Musikbuch-Verlag, 2001. 747 p. 22 cm. ISBN 3-254-00248-2: EUR 39.95 [02-1-120]

Forty-eight pages longer than the 4th edition (see RREA 1:412), the arrangement in this handbook remains substantially the same, except that the section on jazz and modern dance in chapter 10 has been removed and a section on “Jazz Schools” added to the first chapter, “Piano Schools.” Other chapters are “Instructions for Improvisation,” “Methodological and Historical Writings,” “Technical Exercises— Études,” and “Anthologies.” The remaining seven chapters cover the historical periods of piano music from the Renaissance to the 20th century. The attempt to classify piano literature into 15 degrees of difficulty and to judge pieces from a pedagogically aesthetic point of view is imprecise. See also Maurice Hinson’s Guide to the Pianist’s Repertoire, 3d ed. (Bloomington, Ind. 2000). [sh/mrh]

Lexikon deutscher Zulieferbetriebe für die Klavierindustrie [Lexicon of German Suppliers to the Piano Industry]. Hubert Henkel. Frankfurt am Main: Bochinsky, 2002. 316 p. 19 cm. (Fachbuchreihe Das Musikinstrument, 80). ISBN 3-923639-49-X: EUR 50.00 [02-1-121]

As an accompaniment to Henkel’s Lexikon deutscher Klavierbauer [Lexicon of German Piano Makers] (see RREA 6:297), this book describes German suppliers of piano parts and accessories. The product index reveals the complex inner structure of a piano, and the main part of the book describes the companies that carry all the parts therein. Most of the articles are brief but attempt to cover product types, history, patents, catalogs, etc. [sh/mrh]

Lexikon Musikautomaten: die Welt der selbstspielenden Musikinstrumente: deutsch/englisch [Encyclopedia of Mechanical Musical Instruments: The World of Self-Playing Musical Instruments: German/English]. Ed. Christoph Reuter, Bernd Enders, and Rolf Jacobi. Mainz: Schott, 2000. CD-ROM. ISBN 3-7957-6014-3: EUR 39.95 [02-1-122]

The Lexikon Musikautomaten CD-ROM offers information on mechanical instruments of all time periods and on compositions for such instruments. It is not organized in dictionary form, but thematically by chapters, with each chapter linked to an icon on the home page: spoken introduction, definitions, the instruments, androids, composers, theorists, mechanical principle and control mechanisms, bibliography, index (with lists of sound examples and video clips), museums and collections. The CD-ROM is enriched with “800 illustrations and animations, 60 video clips,” along with “116 sound examples” (although the button for accessing the captions for the pictures and video clips, mentioned in the help screens, was not available). An index containing “circa 2,000 terms” is present, along with a list of some 300 museums and collections, which includes times of opening and e-mail and Internet addresses, where such information was available. The CD-ROM is designed for those who like to browse or follow links. It is possible to use it as a reference work, for which purpose the index is extremely helpful. The work, which claims to be the “most comprehensive work available on the subject,” may be useful for music libraries. All the above quotes were taken from the CD-ROM’s container.

System requirements: PC 486/100 or higher (Pentium recommended) with 4-disk CD-ROM drive, 16 MB RAM, 640 x 480 graphics card with 256 colors, 16-bit sound card, video for Windows, Windows 95/98. [mr/crc]

Repertorium Orgelmusik: Komponisten, Werke, Editionen 1150–2000: 57 Länder: eine Auswahl = Bio-bibliographical index of organ music = Catalogue bio-bibliographique de musique d’orgue [: Composers, Works, Editions, 1150–2000; 57 Countries: A Selection]. Klaus Beckmann. 3d newly rev. and expanded ed. Mainz: Schott, 2001 [02-1-123]

Vol. 1. Orgel Solo [Organ Solo]. 1,062 p. ISBN 3-7957-0500-2: EUR 56.00 Vol. 2. Orgel/organ/orgue + Instrument(e/s). 220 p. ISBN 3-7957-0501-1: EUR 24.95

This edition is an enlargement of the second edition, which appeared in 1999. This edition takes in 57 countries, as compared to the 41 countries covered in the previous edition. The number of composers listed has also grown, from 8,700 to 10,450. In volume 1, the organization is alphabetical by name of country. Within each country, composers are listed chronologically by year of birth. A composer’s name is followed by very brief biographical information and a list of short titles. The organization of volume 2 differs slightly: here works are listed in progressive order of the number of instruments involved, starting with works for organ and one other instrument and moving on to larger ensembles. This organization is useful for the practicing musician, but has the disadvantage that a particular composer’s works are scattered through the volume instead of being listed in one location, so that it is always necessary to consult the index to locate all of a composer’s works. For future editions it would be desirable to add references from the composer entries in volume 1 to entries for that composer’s works in volume 2. [sh/crc]

Ricercare: Verzeichnis cantus-firmus-gebundener Orgelmusik [Ricercare: Directory of Cantus-Firmus-Based Organ Music]. Martin Bieri. Wiesbaden [et al.]: Breitkopf & Härtel, 2001. xx, 316 p. 30 cm. ISBN 3-7651-0367-5: EUR 42.00, ISBN 3-7651-0371-3 (book + CD-ROM): EUR 63.00 [02-1-124]

This, the first directory of its kind, identifies approximately 15,600 organ pieces from German- and English-speaking countries that are ricercares with a cantus firmus base, all related to religious services. One can look for a piece by the title, the first line of the text, the composer, the anthology that contains the title, and the incipit arranged alphabetically using solmization. The accompanying CD-ROM (which requires a Macintosh, a Power Macintosh, or compatible computer utilizing System 7) offers even more search possibilities, including some incipits using musical notation. This work should be in every library with theological and musical holdings. [mr/mrh]

Handbuch Orgelmusik: Komponisten, Werke, Interpretation [Handbook of Organ Music: Composers, Works, Interpretations]. Ed. Rudolf Faber and Philip Hartmann. Kassel: Bärenreiter; Stuttgart: Metzler, 2002. xv, 712 p. 25 cm. ISBN 3-7618-2003-8 (Bärenreiter), ISBN 3-476-01877-6 (Metzler): EUR 64.90 [02-1-125]

The Handbuch Orgelmusik, in contrast to the Repertorium Orgelmusik discussed in RREA 8:191 (which contained only sparse biographical data and lists of short titles), is a full-fledged guide to European and North American music for solo organ from the 15th century to the present. The guide does not claim to be comprehensive, rather it presents the most important composers of music for the organ along with a selection of their most important or most characteristic works. The chapters correspond to the “usual division of the history of organ music into three periods:” (1) organ music of the 15th through the18th centuries (p. 1–236); (2) organ music of the 19th and 20th centuries (p. 237–659); (3) new music for organ, from 1960 on (p. 661–706). Chapters 1 and 2 are organized alphabetically by countries and regions; chapter 3, on the other hand, is organized chronologically. Each country (in chapters 1 and 2) is introduced with an overview. The articles on individual composers do not aim for absolute consistency in their structure, but they include biographical information and a general overview of the composer’s works, followed by descriptions of individual works, including information on level of difficulty and playing times. The articles give information on editions of collected works and also list recommended editions of individual works. The articles are unsigned, but a list of contributors lists the 19 authors and indicates who wrote which article. The index lists each composer to whom an individual article is devoted; for articles over 10 pages in length, the index includes entries for the individual works mentioned. [mr/crc]

Bibliographie der Orgel [Bibliography of the Organ]. Marco Brandazza. Berlin: Pape, 2001. 1 CD-ROM. Also includes: Pape, Uwe. Orgelbauwerkstätten und Orgelbauer in Deutschland: das vollständige Verzeichnis aller in Deutschland tätigen Firmen [Organ Building Workshops and Organ Builders in Germany: The Complete Directory of All Active Firms in Germany], 2001; and Pape, Uwe. Fachwörterbuch für Organisten, Orgelbauer und Orgelfreunde: Deutsch -Englisch [Terminological Dictionary for Organists, Organ Builders, and Organ Lovers: German - English]. 4th ed. 2001. ISBN 3-921140-61-7: EUR 74.00 (Pape-Verlag, Prinz-Handjery-Str. 26a, D-14167 Berlin) [02-2-390]

Based on Rudolf Reuter’s 1973 work of the same title, the 2001 edition of the Bibliographie der Orgel lists ca. 28,000 titles on the organ and on organ building, with an emphasis on regional European writings. The main organization of entries is by author name and location of organs. Unfortunately, there is no information on page numbers of articles, nor is the numbering of pages given for monographs. This and other improvements should be included in a planned new electronic edition of the bibliography. The accompanying works, which are self-published here by their author, include a directory of organ builders in Germany since 1945 and a bilingual dictionary of organ terminology. In the case of the latter, Horst Leuchtmann’s Wörterbuch Musik [Dictionary of Music] provides its users significant enough coverage to make Pape’s work unnecessary. Despite the above criticisms, libraries with music collections willing to support CD-ROMs will acquire this for the Bibliographie alone. [mr/dfb]

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