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Books and journals


Most of the print resources for Music will be found in the Arts and Social Sciences Library. Use Library Search to access eBooks or to find the exact location of a print item in the Library, and to search for other materials.

You can also use Library Search to search for journal articles using specific topic words or the journal titles. Alternatively you can browse journal titles on our find an e-journal page.

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Special Collections

Rare books and other materials are kept in our Special Collections, in the Arts and Social Sciences Library. Music is a significant collection strength and features manuscripts of composers, performers, musicologists and musical societies.


Theatre Collection

The University of Bristol Theatre Collection has a library of theatre related books, periodicals and original archival material, including resources on musical theatre.


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If an article is important for your research, you can make an inter-library loan request for it.

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Featured books

Musical Performance

This book unravels the complexities of playing music and reveals aspects of learning, playing and responding to music relevant to performances of all levels. A survey of performance through the ages leads to a presentation of basic historical, analytical and psychological concepts.

African American Music

American Music: An Introduction, Second Edition is a collection of seventeen essays surveying major African American musical genres, both sacred and secular, from slavery to the present. With contributions by leading scholars in the field, the work brings together analyses of African American music based on ethnographic fieldwork, which privileges the voices of the music-makers themselves, woven into a richly textured mosaic of history and culture. 

Early Musical Borrowing

This collection of essays examines the common compositional practice of borrowing or imitation in fifteenth-and sixteenth-century music.