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MUS 6716 Introduction to Graduate Research: Special Music Searches

Thematic Catalogs

A thematic catalogue is an index to a group of musical compositions that incorporates citations of their opening notes (incipits), or principal melodic features (themes), or both. These citations may be given in various forms, such as conventional notes, neumes, tablatures, syllables, numbers, letters or computer codes. (from Oxford Music Online, retrieved from https://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/grovemusic/view/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.001.0001/omo-9781561592630-e-0000027785?rskey=JGjcwU)

You can search for Thematic Catalogs using several methods:

  • Click on the Tab for Library Catalog at the top of the blue box in the center of the library's home page (https://library.fau.edu). 
    • Search for all thematic catalogs in the Library catalog by typing in [thematic catalog OR thematic index] and hitting Search (without the punctuation)
    • Search by an individual composer's name and the words [thematic catalog OR thematic index] i.e., Mozart thematic catalog OR thematic index
  • Conduct a similar search using Google; Bing; Edge; Duck Duck Go; or other web browsers. Different web browsers may give you different results. 
    • Look at the title of the catalog. Check to see if FAU Libraries has the thematic catalog available.
    • If FAU Libraries does not have the thematic catalog available, check to see if it is freely available online, or request it through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Look in our database, Oxford Music Online, and search for the composer. In the composer's information, check in the section for "Works" to see if a thematic catalog is listed for the composer.
    • Check the FAU Libraries Catalog to see if we have the thematic catalog available.
    • If FAU Libraries does not have the thematic catalog available, check to see if it is freely available online, or request it through Interlibrary Loan.

Dissertations and Theses

Search for dissertations and theses by topic, title, keyword(s), author, institution, year of publication, etc. Each of these databases has its own specific search engine, so all search options may not be available in every database.

Conference Papers and Festschriften

Festschriften (plural of festschrift) are writings by different authors that are collected and presented as a tribute or memorial to a scholar. Not all festschriften are available translated into English.

  Ways to find Festschriften:

  • Using OneSearch (default search engine in the blue box on FAU Library's home page), search for the composer's name and the word [festschrift]. 
  • Some of these may appear as information within an article and may not be the actual festschrift. 
  • If FAU Libraries does not have access to the festschrift, you may request it via Interlibrary Loan.