Academic journal article Canadian University Music Review

Music in Canada: A Research and Information Guide

Academic journal article Canadian University Music Review

Music in Canada: A Research and Information Guide

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Carl Morey. Music in Canada: A Research and Information Guide. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1997. Music Research and Information Guides, vol. 20; Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, vol. 1823. xiii, 283 pp. ISBN 0-8153-1603-8 (hardcover).

Originally conceived as a much larger work by the late George Proctor, this volume by Carl Morey, Professor of Music at the University of Toronto and the holder of the Jean A. Chalmers Chair in Canadian Music, fills a void in Canadian music bibliography. It is comprehensive, current and well organized. Each of the thirteen sections (Reference; Catalogues and Directories; History and Criticism; Musicians-Biographies and Individual Studies; Native Music; Folk and Ethnic Music; Popular Music and Jazz; Education; Media; Commerce; Periodicals; Archives and Collections) is prefaced by a concise introduction; larger sections are divided logically, with the entries organized alphabetically by author.

Did we need another bibliography of Canadian music? Most definitely. Although there has been a proliferation of bibliographies written about Canadian music, many of them have become dated; others have a narrow focus (e.g., Canadian repertoire for the free base accordion). Morey has given us a wideranging overview, replete with succinct and useful annotations. Could we have wished for more? Certainly we might have wished for a larger section devoted to popular music and jazz. …

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