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Music: Reviews

Sources of Music Reviews


OneSearch, which searches most of the library's major databases at one time, is your best source for music reviews. 

  1. Go to Advanced Search.
  2. Search for the Composer / Performer / Name of work / Type of work, etc. as a key word.
  3. Add "reviews or opinion or criticism" as a subject search.

This will find all kinds of reviews. If you wish to limit to a particular type of review, add the appropriate term.

Examples by Composer:

  • Mozart and reviews
  • Mozart and sound recordings and reviews
  • Mozart and book reviews
  • Mozart and music and reviews
  • Mozart and piano music and reviews
  • Mozart and orchestral music and reviews
  • Mozart and opera and reviews

Examples by Composition:

  • Cosi fan tutte and reviews
  • Cosi fan tutte and sound recordings and reviews
  • Cossi fan tutte and video recording and reiviews
  • Cosi fan tutte and opera and reviews
  • Cosi fan tutte and theater and reviews
  • Cosi fan tutte and concert and reviews

Examples by Performer

  • Maria Callas - reviews
  • Arthur Rubinstein - review

Examples by Types of Performer

  • Singers and reviews
  • Opera singers and reviews
  • Folk singers and reviews
  • Pianists and reviews

Examples by Types of Reviews

  • Book review
  • Theater reviews
  • Motion picture reviews
  • Film review
  • Entertainment review
  • Sound recording reviews
  • Music review
  • Television review
  • Video reviews
  • Concert reviews

Due to the large number of possibilities, it is better to look first for reviews and then limit as needed.

Since OneSearch searches many databases - each with their own controlled vocabulary - substituting various terms may retrieve  results missed in the first search.

Alternative terms to "reviews" include:

  1. Opinion
  2. Criticism and Interpretation
  3. Influence
  4. Research
  5. Works
  6. Etc.

Once you have identified a review, you can

  1. Read it online if available in Full Text
  2. Read it in house if available in paper or microfiche
  3. Order it through Interlibrary Loan

Music Review Databases - Composers, Performers, Performances, Recordings, etc.

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