Choral Musician Library
The church musicians library is crucial to successful ministry. Those who have taken courses in college and graduate school will have books that go into depth on various topics. For the working church musician, the following are suggested essentials. These reference works give brief and trustworthy articles on relevant topics, providing essential information with time efficiency, for the rigors of ministry afford little time for research. The ease and speed with which these can be accessed, combined with shelving within easy reach, will inspire frequent use and a corresponding enrichment of ministry. These particular sources are known to be trustworthy by the editor, but some others would qualify as well. Some of these are available in software versions and some are available on line. A relationship with an academic library will afford access to valuable restricted databases and to major encyclopedias, such as Britannica. Bookmark this page and use it for looking up information such as composer's dates to share with your choir and congregation in newsletters and bulletins.
Great Books On Line
Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Anthologies - look up poetry, literature, quotations and general reference - excellent.
Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary
In addition to definitions, the dictionary is handy for pronunciation, poetic devices and style.
Merriam Webster Thesaurus
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thesaurusThe Encyclopedia Britannica
Noble source of general information. Provides brief articles on persons including musicians -- events and ideas. Look up dates of major composers.
Software Encyclopedias, such as Microsofts Encarta, also provide quick and reliable information.It is still quicker to pull a book off a nearby shelf and look up "Praetorious" than to put a CD in the bay, load it and look it up; however, you can cut and paste from the CD, whereas, you must type in material from a book.
The Latin Library
Translations of Classic Latin texts
The Perseus Digital Library
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
The Harvard Dictionary of Music
Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music
These cover musical terms, composers and performers.
Companion to your denominations hymnal.
Provides information about each text and tune in your hymnal, and history on your faiths hymnic history.
Translations and Annotations of Choral Repertoire: Ron Jeffers.
Fine source of translations for standard foreign language anthems.
Orchestration: Walter Piston
Source of ranges of instruments for descants and other writing. This information is also available, though sometimes hard to find, in dictionaries on music
The Hymn Tune Index
The Cyber Hymnal
Source for hymn texts, tunes and biographies
The Hymn Site
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Oxford Dictionary of the Bible
These are freely available, thanks to their sponsors.
The Catholic Encyclopedia
Good for liturgical terms and religious history.
Wikipedia has become a strong and fast theological reference
Revised Common Lectionary
Tridentine Mass - Latin/English
Thesaurus Precum Latinarum
Much of the Latin liturgy in Latin/English
Translation used by your denomination.
The King James Version
Revised Standard Version
New Revised Standard Version
many anthem texts use these.
The Latin Vulgate
The Heilige Schrift
La BibleThe principal languages used for anthems in Western churches are English, Latin, German and some French, though there is increasing use of African and Eastern languages as well. Bibles in these translations are helpful for comparing texts of anthems in these languages to their biblical sources. Its also the "translations for dummies" means of finding an English translation, by comparing the scripture from one translation to another. Be careful that the chapter and verse numbers are the same; for example, the Latin Vulgate psalm numbering phases out of and in sync with modern protestant bibles.
Your denominations music and liturgy organization and magazine.
Very good for professional concerns such as salaries.
The Hymn Society
The Hymn Society is the most important source of information on historic and contemporary hymns.
Major research libraries have links to online resources.
The Dictionary of American Hymnology
Ongoing project of the Hymn Society source for hymnals and hymns.
The Canterbury Dictionay of Hymnology
New York Times
Great for news, music reviews and discoveries in science and other fields.
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