A Selected Bibliography for Ago Certification Preparation

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A Selected Bibliography for Ago Certification Preparation


This list of recommended publications relating to preparation for AGO professional certification requirements is provided for the reader's information. In addition to these materials, prospective candidates will find other useful resources supplied by AGO Headquarters. Many of these books contain extensive bibliographies themselves. Several excellent works known to be out of print are indicated as such. In these cases, the Committee on Professional Certification feels these works are important enough to be included here; candidates with access to libraries and interlibrary loan may be able to obtain them, and used copies are often found in the marketplace.

I. GENERAL MUSICAL KNOWLEDGE (ChM, AAGO, FAGO)

A. Music History

Brown, Howard Meyer. Music in the Renaissance. Prentice-Hall, 1976.

Buelow, George J. A History of Baroque Music. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004.

Burkholder, J. Peter, Donald J. Grout, and Claude V. Palisca. A History of Western Music, 7th edition. New York: W. W. Norton, 2006.

Burkholder, J. Peter, and Claude V. Palisca, eds. Norton Anthology of Western Music, 5th edition. 2 vols. New York: W.W. Norton, 2006.

Crocker, Richard. A History of Musical Style. Dover, 1986.

Hoppin, Richard. Medieval Music. Norton, 1978.

Morgan, Robert P. Twentieth-Century Music: A History of Musical Style in Modern Europe and America. New York: W.W. Norton, 1991.

Palisca, Claude. Baroque Music. Prentice-Hall, 1991.

Plantinga, Leon. Romantic Music. Norton, 1984.

Ratner, Leonard. Classic Music - Expression, Form and Style. Schirmer, 1972.

Rosen, Charles. The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, expanded edition. New York: W.W. Norton, 1997.

Sadie, Stanley, and John Tyrrell, eds. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Watkins, Glenn. Soundings: Music in the Twentieth Century. New York: Schirmer Books, 1988.

Wold, Milo, Gary Martin, James Miller, and Edmund Cykler. An Outline History of Western Music, 9th edition. McGraw-Hill, 1997.

B. Organ History and Literature (AAGO, FAGO)

Arnold, Corliss. Organ Literature: A Comprehensive Survey, 3rd edition. 2 vols. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press Inc., 1995.

Douglass, Fenner. The Language of the Classical French Organ, revised and expanded edition. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.

Kratzenstein, Marilou. Survey of Organ Literature and Editions. Ames, Iowa: Iowa State University Press, 1980.

Thistlethwaite, Nicholas, and Geoffrey Webber, eds. The Cambridge Companion to the Organ. Cambridge, 1998.

Williams, Peter. A New History of the Organ. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1980.

Williams, Peter, and Barbara Owen. The Organ (The New Grove Musical Instruments Series, ed. Stanley Sadie). New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1988.

C. Choral Literature (ChM, AAGO, FAGO)

Long, Kenneth. Music of the English Church. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1972.

Robinson, Ray, ed. Choral Music: A Norton Historical Anthology. New York: W.W. Norton, 1978.

Ulrich, Homer. A Survey of Choral Music. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1973.

D. Historical Performance Practice (CAGO, ChM, AAGO, FAGO)

Brown, Howard, and Stanley Sadie, eds. Performance Practice. 2 vols. New York: Norton, 1990.

Faulkner, Quentin. J. S. Bach 's Keyboard Technique: A Historical Introduction. St. Louis: Concordia, 1984.

Ferguson, Howard. Keyboard Interpretation from the 14th to the 19th Century: An Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 1975, 1987.

Laukvik, Jon. Historical Performance Practice in Organ Playing. Tr. Brigitte and Michael Harris. Stuttgart: Cams Verlag, 1996.

Ritchie, George, and George Stauffer. Organ Technique - Modern tr Early. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

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