Additional Resources for Music Studies
I found the following books useful as a student during the OU Music Courses:
The AB Guide to Music Theory (Part II). Eric Taylor. The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (Publishing) Limited. London, 1996. £5.95 (ISBN 1-85472-447-9)
Music Theory in Practice (Grades 1 to 8). Peter Aston & Julian Webb. The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London, 1993. £3.95 to £6.95 (Grade 8: ISBN 1-85472-593-9)
Introducing Music. Otto Karolyi. Penguin, London, 1991. £6.99 (ISBN 0-14-013520-0)
Introducing Modern Music. Otto Karolyi. Penguin, London, 1995. £9.99 (ISBN 0-14-013114-0)
The Harvard Dictionary of Music. Willi Apel. Heinemann, London, 1964 (1997 edition is now available)
The Dynamics of Harmony. George Pratt. OUP, Oxford, 1997. £13.99 (ISBN 0-19-879020-1)
The Form of Music. William Cole. The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (published by OUP), London, 1986. £9.95 (No ISBN in the book!)
The Texture of Music. From Purcell to Brahms (The Student's Music Library). Ivor Keys. Dennis Dobson Books, London, 1961. £4.95 (No ISBN in the book!)
The Art of Beethoven. Peter Dimond. Penerbit Muzical, Maleysia, 1996 (a comprehensive book on Beethoven and his music written by an OU tutor), £22.00
Nineteenth-Century Romanticism in Music. Rey M Longyear. Prentice-Hall, New Jersey. 1973 (ISBN 0-13-622647-7) (out of print, may be available in public libraries)
The History of Classical Music. Richard Fawkes. Naxos Audio Book (4 CDs), 1997. £14.99 (ISBN 962634140-8)
BBC Music Magazine's Music Course. A 24 part course being published in the magazine from Jan 1998 to Dec 1999 (back issues are available). An audio CD (£9.95) accompanies the course and provides the musical examples (available from BBC Music Magazine; tel. 01483 26-8888)
Also recommendable for those into multimedia:
The Hutchinson's Encyclopaedia of Music (CD-ROM). Helicon Publishing Ltd., 1996. About £35.00
Beethoven's 5th: A multimedia Experience (CD-ROM). Tring Int Plc, 1994. About £10.00 (ISBN 1-85817-073-7) (full analysis of the Fifth Symphony together with a complete performance + Beethoven's biography + Orchestra and instruments). Very useful and good value for money.
Microsoft Composers Collection (Beethoven - Ninth Symphony, Mozart - Dissonant Qurtet, Schubert - Trout Quartet) (CD-ROM), 1991. Varies between £40.00 and £90.00.
Museums and exhibitions:
Musical instruments section (40A, Level B) in V&A museum, London. All keyboard, string and wind instruments (even baryton) mentioned in the course books can be seen.
And my disappointments:
The Oxford Companion to Music
The Virtual School of Music (CD-ROM)