Review by Choice Review
An enthusiastic Choice reviewer of the basic volume of this list (Oct '77) concluded, "Let us beg for supplements in the future." Horn, who has been music librarian at the University of Exeter, has obliged by adding about 2,100 titles to the record, 1,316 issued before 1981, and just over 1,000 with annotations that are highly perceptive and enjoyably readable. (The 1977 edition numbered 1,690 titles.) Moreover, several particularly important works among the 302 unannotated titles in the 1977 volume are now annotated (e.g., William Austin on Stephen Foster and Bill Malone on country music). Although several other titles might be argued to deserve this upgrading (like Gleason-Marrocco, A.10; Sonneck, A.16; Mencken, A.42; and Slonimsky, A.84), Horn's instinct is sound and reflects mostly a changing literature in an expanding field. As in the 1977 work, the coverage continues to favor popular music over art music. Richard Jackson, the distinguished American music specialist at the New York Public Library, is now listed as cocompiler, but the attitudes and styles of the two seem quite inseparable. The classified arrangement, slightly expanded from the first edition but still compatible, sags a bit as annotated listings are followed by unannotated entries, but it still serves the diverse readership very well. The book belongs in all academic libraries, and in the reference collections at most. Once again; more supplements! -D. W. Krummel, University of Illinois
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