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Music Research Guide: Voice

A guide to the music resources at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln

Selected repertoire lists for the voice

From studio to stage : repertoire for the voice / Barbara Doscher ; edited and annotated by John Nix

Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2002

MUSIC Ref ML128.V7 D67 2002


New vocal repertory : an introduction / Jane Manning 

Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1994, c1986

MUSIC ML128.V7 M3 1994


New vocal repertory 2 / Jane Manning

Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1998

Music ML128.V7 M3 1998


Vocal chamber music : a performer's guide / Barbara Winchester and Kay Dunlap.  2nd ed.

New York : Routledge, c2008

Online  (1st ed. is under call number Music Ref ML128.V7 D86 1985)


Singer's repertoire / Berton Coffin.  5 vols.  2nd ed.

New York : Scarecrow Press, 1960-62

Music Ref ML128.V7 C67 1960


Women composers : a checklist of works for the solo voice / Miriam Stewart-Green

Boston, Mass. : G.K. Hall, [1980]

MUSIC Ref ML156.4.V7 S83

Selected translations and transcriptions

A number of books edited by Nico Castel and Beaumont Glass include word for word translations and International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions:

French opera libretti, 3 vols., REF ML48.F74 1999

Italian belcanto opera libretti, 3 vols. REF ML48.I83 2000

Four Strauss opera libretti, REF ML49.S76O62 2002

The complete Verdi libretti, 4 vols., REF ML49.V45C372 1994

The complete Puccini libretti, 2 vols., REF ML49.P75C37 1993

Handel opera libretti, 2 vols., REF ML49.H13O62 2005

The libretti of Mozart’s completed operas, 2 vols., REF ML49.M83C37 1997

Schubert's complete song texts, 2 vols., REF ML54.7.S39G515 1996

Schumann's complete song texts, REF ML54.7.S4G55 2002

Richard Strauss' complete song texts, REF ML54.7.S86S62 2004

Hugo Wolf's complete song texts, REF ML54.7.W648G55 2000


A website that includes Lieder texts and translations is

A website that includes IPA transcriptions is IPA Source:

Other books with song text translations include:

The Fischer-Dieskau book of Lieder : the texts of over 750 songs in German / chosen and edited by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau ; with English translations by George Bird and Richard Stokes.  London : V. Gollancz, 1976.  REF PT1160.E6F5 1976x

Schubert : the complete song texts : texts of the Lieder and Italian songs, with English translations / by Richard Wigmore.  London : Gollancz, 1988.  ML54.7.S39W5 1988

Lieder line by line, and word for word / Lois Phillips.  Rev. ed.  Oxford : Clarendon Press, ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.  ML54.7.P55L5 1996

The singer’s Schumann / edited, with introductions and translations by Thilo Reinhard.  NY : Pelion Press, 1989.  ML54.7.S4R413 1989

Word-by-word translations of songs and arias / by Berton Coffin, Werner Singer, Pierre Delattre.  2 vols.  NY : Scarecrow, 1966-1972.  ML54.7.W65

Periodicals for the voice


Classical singer, v. 25, 2012-  ML3795.N43

Journal of voice : official journal of the Voice Foundation, v. 1 (1987)-   QP306.J68 through 2002 and Online

Journal of singing : the official journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc., v. 52:1 (1995)-  ML27.U5N2652 and Online


Cambridge opera journal, v. 1 (1989)-  ML1699.C35 and Online

Opera news, v. 2 (1938)-  ML1.O48 and Online

Opera journal, v. 1 (1968)-v.37 (2004)  ML1.O647x

The opera quarterly, v. 1 (1983)-  ML1699.O65 and Online


Choral journal, v. 2 (1961)-  ML28.U5 C46x

 The Voice of Chorus America, v. 15 (1991) - 31 (2008)  ML1499.V653

 American choral review, v. 4 (1961) - 50 (2008) ML1.A45


Some Library of Congress call numbers for the voice

M - Scores

M1495-5000--Vocal music

     M1497-1998--Secular vocal music


     M1999-2199--Sacred vocal music

ML - Music Literature

ML128.V7--Vocal music: Bibliography

ML1400-3275--Books about vocal music

MT - Instruction and Study

MT820-915--Singing and vocal technique

Some Library of Congress subject headings for music for voice

Vocal music


Choral music


...and there are lots more.  Use your imagination to search subject headings in the Classic Catalog and terms in Encore to find scores and recordings.

Library of Congress subject headings about the voice

Vocal music--Bibliography

Vocal music--Discography

Vocal music--History and criticism


   ... and lots more.  Use your imagination to search subject headings in the Classic Catalog and to search terms in Encore.     

Subject Guide: Music

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