Western Libraries

Music Theory and Composition

Finding Relevant Theory/Composition Dictionaries

Handbook of Instrumentation / by Andrew Stiller
MT70.S78 1985


Grove Music Online

Contains information on musical forms, genres, terms, treatises, sources, etc.  A great place to start your research, the bibliographies at the end of each article will direct you to additional resources.

Thesaurus of Orchestral Devices / by Gardner Read


A Dictionary of Musical Terms
ML108.S74 1974  


Harvard Dictionary of Music
ML100.A64 2003

"This reference work has been brought completely up to date in this new edition. Combining authoritative scholarship and lucid, lively prose, the Fourth Edition of The Harvard Dictionary of Music is the essential guide for musicians, students, and everyone who appreciates music."