Use this search box for information about composers and titles.
Determining the correct title of a musical composition can be tricky. Below are some general guidelines. You can get additional help from the "Style Guide" tab above or by asking Dr. Fairtile.
Etude in E Major, op. 10, no. 3
Sonata No. 13 in B-flat Major, K. 333
Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, op. 27, no. 2 ("Moonlight")
Lieder ohne Worte Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
Children's Corner (although Debussy was French, he titled this work in English)
Every composer's name should be given in its proper form, correctly spelled, and with birth and death dates. If a composer appears more than once on your program, use only his/her last name (with no dates) after the first appearance.
Resources to help you find composers' names and dates:
Oxford Music Online: Includes Grove Music Online, the Oxford Dictionary of Music, and the Oxford Companion to Music
Composer websites: all nationalities and eras
Biographical dictionaries and encyclopedias: the Music Library has a number of reference books with data about thousands of composers
U.S. Copyright Catalog: sometimes this is the only place to find a composer's dates
SOME POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS
Use the letter "b" followed by a period and space (the abbreviation for "born") and
his or her birth year: (b. 1957)
Go with the source that is the most reliable (library reference book or database
over a website, unless it's clearly "official"). When in doubt, check with Dr. Fairtile
If you cannot identify the arranger (or it has none), just use "Traditional" for the
composer. If you know the arranger's name, use this format:
arr. Moses Hogan