Resources

A Bibliography and List of Resources and People

A partial list of sources for this list:

Books

The Woodwind Quintet by Miroslav Hosek (1979, Grunwald: Bernhard Bruchle
Edition) was the pioneering list for quintets, but now is a bit dated. His research
on unpublished works was unparalleled — at least until the Internet became viable. This is the mother of all quintet lists. (Thanks to Tom Phillips who loaned me his copy for a couple of years.)

Woodwind Music Guide, Vol 1, Ensemble Music in Print by Himie Voxman and Lyle Merriman. Printed by The Instrumentalist Co., 1982.

Wind Chamber Music, [First volume] for Winds with Piano and Woodwind Quintets by Barbera Secrist-Schmides. Published by The Scarecrow Press in 1996. It is far from comprehensive but, like this list, includes many comments about the works. She seems particularly interested in the appropriateness of works for educational purposes. I’ve taken the liberty of quoting her comments a few times, but see her guide for more info.

The Literature of Chamber Music by Arthur Cohn. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Hinshaw Music, Inc., 1997. This 4-volume work is a treasure trove of listings of all kinds of chamber music with the author’s commentary – some of it very useful. For many works, I’ve included a (very) short quotation from Cohn where appropriate. For others, I simply refer them to the source.

Contemporary Composers, edited by Brian Morton and Pamela Collins. Chicago and London: St. James Press, 1992. Excellent resource on composers active circa 1990. Includes extensive lists of works.

ASCAP Biographical Dictionary, Fourth Edition. New York and London: Jacques Cattell Press, R. R. Bowker Co., 1980.

Contemporary American Composers, 2nd Edition, compiled by E. Ruth Anderson. Boston: G. K. Hall & Co., 1982

The International Cyclopedia of Music and Musicians. Oscar Thompson, Editor in Chief. 9th Edition, Robert Sabin, Editor. New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1964. (Other editions of the work may also have been used.)

Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 7th and 8th editions. Revised by Nicolas Slonimsky. New York: Schirmer Books, Division of MacMillan, Inc.

International Dictionary of Black Composers. Samuel A Floyd, Jr., Editor. Chicago, London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishing, 1999.

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Stanley Sadie, Editor.
London: Macmillan Publishers, Ltd., 1980.

Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 5th Edition, Edited by Eric Blom. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1959. Also the 3rd Edition, edited by H. C. Colles, New York: Macmillan, 1938. The mother of all English language music encyclopedias.

The Grove Dictionary of American Music, H. Wiley Hitchcock & Stanley Sadie, Editors. London: MacMillan Press, Ltd., 1986

A Dictionary of Modern Music and Musicians. Arthur Eaglefield-Hull, General
Editor. London and Toronto: J. M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., 1924.

The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers, Julie Anne Sadie and Rhian
Samuel, Editors. New York, London: W. W. Norton & Co., 1995.

Women Composers, The Lost Tradition Found, by Diane Peacock Jezic. New York: The Feminist Press (City University of New York), 1988.

International Encyclopedia of Women Composers. Aaron I. Cohen, Editor. New York and London: R. R. Bowker Co., 1981

Composers of the Americas (Compositores de America), Washington, DC: Panamerican Union, Vols. 1-18 (1955-1972)

Online sources:

  • The OCLC WorldCat database provided a mountain of info going back over 150 years. When I began using this resource, it was available only by subscription to libraries. Now, you can access it free.
  • U.S. Library of Congress online is an amazing resource for all kinds of research. To find just quintets, search “WIND QUINTETS (BASSOON, CLARINET, FLUTE, HORN, OBOE)” (which also works on most libraries that use the LOC cataloging system). The U. S. Library of Congress classification should be M557.
  • Indiana University Music Library now includes a web-based interface to the library catalog for the entire state university system as well as a massive list of links to musical resources on the web. Go Hoosiers!
  • University of Rochester Libraries – Voyager online catalog, is also a good resource for the music collection of the University of Rochester, which includes the Eastman School of Music.
  • CATNYP — The Catalog of the New York Public Library includes listings for their fine arts divisions.
  • ASCAP: ACE catalog, the catalog of works by members of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
  • American Composers Alliance website.
  • American Music Center website.
  • Washington University in St. Louis keeps a Musicians Necrology list which list death dates for composers and other musicians who have recently died. Although this is used mostly by music librarians, others might find the information useful.
  • The Clarinet Web Page, maintained by Mark Charette.
  • A Bass Clarinet Repertoire database was kept at new-music.org, but it appears now to be defunct.
  • The Center for the Promotion of Contemporary Composers (CPCC) also appears now to be defunct.
  • The Houston Composers Alliance website also appears to have moved or be defunct.
  • Dr. Christine Potter and Carla Rees have compiled an impressive catalog of works using Alto flute and Bass flute (even more esoteric than this list). See the Alto and Bass Flute Repertoire site.
  • The World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) had a catalog of Nordic Instrumental Music compiled by Mark Lammers, including several quintets. The current WASBE site no longer appears to carry that particular list, but has many other lists of wind music.
  • As in every other area of knowledge, Wikipedia has an ever-growing list of articles and links to useful sites. In just the past few years this has become a useful site for composer information, but it is still an area where many contributions could be made. Composers may be found across all the languages supported by Wikipedia.

The International Association of Music Information Centers keeps a list of member libraries on their website. Many of them are listed below as well as some commercial sites.

  • The Australian Music Centre has an excellent online catalog.
  • The Centre Belge de Documentation Musical or Belgisch Centrum voor Muziekdocumentatie(CeBeDeM) is also a great resource.
  • Centro de Documentacao de Musica Contemporanea/Brasil offers lots of info on Brazilian composers. Some knowledge of Portuguese would help.
  • The Canadian Composer Search databaseis on the Canadian Music Centre / Centre de Musique Canadienne website.
  • The Croatian Music Information Centre has grown a lot since I last used it, so some exploration might be worthwhile.
  • The Czech Music Information Center includes the Czech Musicbase online catalog.
  • The Danish Music Information Centre website appears to have been replaced, but the Danish Centre for Music Publication was established in 2009 and its catalog is available online.
  • The Estonian Music Information Centre (Eesti Muusika Infokeskus) has a list of Estonian Composers as well as a searchable Database of Manuscripts.
  • The Finnish Music Information Centre now has a Composers & Repertoire database to search sheet music, composers and concerts.
  • Centre de Documentation de la Musique Contemporaine (in France) offers an online catalog which may take a bit of experimentation if you don’t know French.
  • The German Music Information Centre has no searchable music database, but it has links to many German Public Music Libraries online.
  • The British Music Information Centre now appears to be defunct. The British Music Collection allows you to do search British music, but it is less useful than the original.
  • The Hungarian Music Information Centre has been replaced online by the Budapest Music Center, which has a searchable online database for Hungarian composers.
  • Iceland Music Information Centre now has an online music shop with searchable database for Icelandic composers.
  • Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland has a searchable list of Irish composers.
  • The Israel Music Institute offers a site in Hebrew and English. Click on Search to find music.
  • AMIC, the Archivi della Musica Italiana Contemporanea appears to have been replaced by the Banca Dati Compositori Italiani or Italian Composers Data Base.
  • The Lithuanian Music Information and Publishing Centre now has its database of Lithuanian composers.
  • DoNeMus, the Netherlands music foundation and publisher, has a searchable database for Dutch composers.
  • Stichting Repertoire Informatiecentrum Muziek (Netherlands) has possibly been replaced by the Netherlands’ Repertoire Informatie Centrum, a useful database, although all in Dutch.
  • The Centre for New Zealand Music (SOUNZ) allows you to browse, do an advanced search, and purchase works by New Zealand composers.
  • The Norsk Musikkinformasjon (Norwegian Music Information Service) no longer exists, but has been replaced by the online catalog NB Noter for Contemporary Norwegian sheet music, which is quite useful.
  • The Scottish Music Information Centre has a searchable catalog ranging through the history of Scottish music. Some newer works can be purchased from the composer and downloaded, too. The lack of an advanced search page reduces its usability, though.
  • Music Centre Slovakia has a bright, shiny new site, with a music search page.
  • The Swedish Music Information Center has been replaced by Svensk Musik where you can find contemporary Swedish classical music and works published by Edition Suecia.
  • Music Information Center Austria is still around, and thank goodness. The Music Austria Database, however, has a few odd features. Perversely, all woodwind quintets (and other woodwind ensembles) are categorized under “brass-music,” as are some, but not all, brass ensembles. It does give complete contact info for many of the living composers listed.
  • The Canadian International Music Score Library Project, allows you to download many public domain and Creative Commons works from its extensive database. For music researchers, this site is a wonderful resource and growing steadily. Differences in national copyright laws mean some pieces may be public domain in some countries, but not others (such as the United States).
  • The BRAHMS database of the IRCAM Centre Pompidou is a wonderful source for chamber works of the late 20th and 21st Centuries, especially for unpublished works. Some sections are now available in English, but most of the search results are probably still in French.
  • The New Music USA Online Library has a database with info, sound samples and PDFs of work by some of their youngest composers. You can search the database without registering or signing in.
  • COPAC* is a relatively new resource (at least new to me) that allows you to simultaneously search 90 major UK and Irish libraries, including music libraries.
  • Lin Foulk has an extensive list of Works with Horn by Female Composers, including a page of Wind Quintets by women composers, featuring several unpublished works. Most of these have been incorporated into this list (with just a few corrections).
  • Leroy Osmon compiled an interesting list of chamber music for seven or more wind and brass instruments, including a number of double woodwind quintets. Tim Reynish edited the list and placed it on his website.
  • Sheet Music Plus has turned into a useful online resource for self-publishing composers and small music printing houses. Of particular use are score previews, a great aid for those shopping for new works. Many of the works can be downloaded to be printed by the purchaser, saving time if not paper, toner or ink. They also have sound files of many works, but their synthesized renderings leave much to be desired. Many of their original works and arrangements have student ensembles in mind, from beginning ensembles through high school and amateur groups. Other works should be interesting to pro ensembles, too. With no alphabetical sorting, though, it can take a lot of time to go through their catalog. That’s where this list can help. There is a growing number of other commercial sites also offering expanded services, too.

I have also checked thousands of other websites of individual composers and lists of many publishers with online catalogs.

People

Many of these contacts go back many, many years:

Mariana Berta of Montevideo, Uruguay, was kind enough to share her sizeable database of wind chamber music with me which offered a good cross-check and also gave me a number of new listings.

Nikolaus Spoerel helped expand the list of double quintets (decets or dectets).

Thanks go to others who made suggestions and corrections or simply added info about quintets to the doublereed list, including:

  • Ralph Marson
  • Nancy Billman, hornist of the Dorian Wind Quintet
  • Tania Basham, oboist, Sylvan Ensemble, Olympia, WA
  • Dr. Alexander Levine provided info from his collection of quintets.
  • Eduardo Adrian Rodriguez, a member of La Plata University Woodwind Quintet
  • in Argentina, provided info on many Argentine and Latin American quintets not listed elsewhere.

Also: Moritz Willers, Monica Buckland Hofstetter, composer Ed Bland, composer Herman Gersten, Nikolaus Spoerel, Bruce Gbur, Henry Skolnick, James R. Roe, Jeffrey Apana, C.R.B. Wright, James Mosher, Tony de Jong, Isaac Bull, composer Walter Ross, Marsha Schweitzer, Chris Weait, Jon Halvor Lund, Rasmus Sandberg, Gunter Noens from Belgium, Gerald Corey, David Gibson. Gordon Shecket, Nick Fitter, composer Michael Curtis, composer Amit Gal, Richard Spittel, composer Alan (or Avohom) Leichtling, Davyd Breeskin of Annandale, Virginia, Geoffrey Emerson, Marcin Stawiszy–ski, and others on the Double Reed List.

Quality Control

When comparing all of the above references with other resources, one finds that they all have errors in them, some of them rather significant. This list will, of necessity, include some of those mistakes as well as create some new ones. Where I know there is an inconsistency in different listings, I often note it.

Diacritical Marks

This list was first compiled on an early Macintosh computer. Early versions were distributed via email. To make it available to PC users (back in the 1980s) it was entirely written with ASCII text, which did not then have German umlauts, French grave and acute accents, and most other diacritical marks. Recently, the list was rewritten in HTML, and I attempted to restore these markings using lots of escape codes. Please contact me if you find errors.

Non-Latin titles have, by necessity, been transcribed into Western alphabets.

Andrew Brandt
Wharton, New Jersey USA
25 January 2016

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