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Occasionally, class projects evolve into useful reference works serving needs much broader than the immediate pedagogical ones; this work is an example of such an evolution. Begun as a seminar project for a class in music bibliography and research, this index provides ``access to and information about the contents of most of the currently-available historical anthologies of musical examples.'' The guide describes 3,532 items in 33 anthologies. The volumes analyzed were limited to those collections arranged historically and including complete movements or compositions. Accessibility in most college or university libraries was also a criterion. The entries are listed alphabetically by composer; each composer's works are alphabetized by title, generally cited in the original languages. In addition to expected locator information (e.g., source, date, page numbers), a key to editorial practices in the examples is given: presence of text translation, musica ficta, partial signatures, figured bass, and other details. At the end of the guide is a genre index, in which each entry is assigned an appropriate genre. In addition to obvious uses (locating a particular example or particular composer), it is thus possible to locate, e.g., monophonic chansons or 18th-century dance suites. Type, paper, layout, and design are all high in quality. Recommended for graduate collections.-E.A. Settle, California State University, Dominguez Hills
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