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    Main Subject: Performing Arts: Dance, Music, Theatre, Motion Pictures




(Performing Arts)

Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers & Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800. Vol. 01, Abaco to Belfille
Title: A biographical dictionary of actors, actresses, musicians, dancers, managers & other stage personnel in London, 1660-1800. Vol. 1, Abaco to Belfille [computer file] / by Philip H. Highfill, Jr., Kalman A. Burnim, and Edward A. Langhans. Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [1973]-c1993.

Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers & Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800. Vol. 02, Belfort to Byzand
Title: A biographical dictionary of actors, actresses, musicians, dancers, managers & other stage personnel in London, 1660-1800. Vol.2, Belfort to Byzand [computer file] / by Philip H. Highfill, Jr., Kalman A. Burnim, and Edward A. Langhans. Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [1973]-c1993.

Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers & Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800. Vol. 03, Cabanel to Cory
Title: A biographical dictionary of actors, actresses, musicians, dancers, managers & other stage personnel in London, 1660-1800. Vol. 3, Cabanel to Cory [electronic resource] / by Philip H. Highfill, Jr., Kalman A. Burnim, and Edward A. Langhans. Publisher: Carbondale, Ill. : Southern Illinois University Press, c1975.

Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers & Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800. Vol. 04 Corye to Dynion
Title: A , [computer file] / by Philip H. Highfill, Jr., Kalman A. Burnim, and Edward A. Langhans. Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 1975.

Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers & Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800. Vol. 05 Eagen to Garrett
Title: A biographical dictionary of actors, actresses, musicians, dancers, managers & other stage personnel in London, 1660-1800. Vol. 5 Eagen to Garrett, [computer file] / by Philip H. Highfill, Jr., Kalman A. Burnim, and Edward A. Langhans. Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 1978.

Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers & Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800. Vol. 06 Garrick to Gyngell
Title: A biographical dictionary of actors, actresses, musicians, dancers, managers & other stage personnel in London, 1660-1800. Vol. 6 Garrick to Gyngell, [computer file] / by Philip H. Highfill, Jr., Kalman A. Burnim, and Edward A. Langhans. Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 1978.

Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers & Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800. Vol. 07 Habgood to Haubert
Title: A biographical dictionary of actors, actresses, musicians, dancers, managers & other stage personnel in London, 1660-1800. Vol. 7 Habgood to Haubert, [computer file] / by Philip H. Highfill, Jr., Kalman A. Burnim, and Edward A. Langhans. Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 1982.

Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers & Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800. Vol. 08, Hough to Keyse,
Title: A biographical dictionary of actors, actresses, musicians, dancers, managers & other stage personnel in London, 1660-1800. Vol. 8, Hough to Keyse, [computer file] / by Philip H. Highfill, Jr., Kalman A. Burnim, and Edward A. Langhans. Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [1973]-c1993.

Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers & Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800. Vol. 10, M’Intosh to Nash
Title: A biographical dictionary of actors, actresses, musicians, dancers, managers & other stage personnel in London, 1660-1800. Vol. 10, M’Intosh to Nash [computer file] / by Philip H. Highfill, Jr., Kalman A. Burnim, and Edward A. Langhans. Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [1973]-c1993.

Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers & Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800. Vol. 12, Pinner to Rizzo
Title: A biographical dictionary of actors, actresses, musicians, dancers, managers & other stage personnel in London, 1660-1800. Vol. 12, Pinner to Rizzo [computer file] / by Philip H. Highfill, Jr., Kalman A. Burnim, and Edward A. Langhans. Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [1973]-c1993.

Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers & Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800. Vol. 13, Roach to Siddons
Title: A biographical dictionary of actors, actresses, musicians, dancers, managers & other stage personnel in London, 1660-1800. Vol. 13, Roach to Siddons [computer file] / by Philip H. Highfill, Jr., Kalman A. Burnim, and Edward A. Langhans. Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [1973]-c1993.

Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers & Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800. Vol. 14, Siddons to Thyme
Title: A biographical dictionary of actors, actresses, musicians, dancers, managers & other stage personnel in London, 1660-1800. Vol. 14, Siddons to Thyme [computer file] / by Philip H. Highfill, Jr., Kalman A. Burnim, and Edward A. Langhans. Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [1973]-c1993.

Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers & Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800. Vol. 15, Tibbett to M.West,
Title: A biographical dictionary of actors, actresses, musicians, dancers, managers & other stage personnel in London, 1660-1800. Vol. 15, Tibbett to M.West, [computer file] / by Philip H. Highfill, Jr., Kalman A. Burnim, and Edward A. Langhans. Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [1973]-c1993.

Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers & Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800. Vol. 16, W.West to Zwingman
Title: A biographical dictionary of actors, actresses, musicians, dancers, managers & other stage personnel in London, 1660-1800. Vol. 16, W.West to Zwingman, [computer file] / by Philip H. Highfill, Jr., Kalman A. Burnim, and Edward A. Langhans. Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [1973]-c1993.

Harlem Renaissance: an Annotated Reference Guide for Student Research
The Harlem Renaissance [computer file] : an annotated reference guide for student research / Marie E. Rodgers. Publisher:Englewood, Colo. : Libraries Unlimited, 1998. Description: xvii, 139 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Subject(s): Harlem Renaissance --Bibliography. African American arts --New York (State) --New York --Bibliography.

International Dictionary of Broadcasting and Film
Title: International dictionary of broadcasting and film [electronic resource] / Desi K. Bognár. Edition: 2nd ed. Publisher: Boston : Focal Press, 2000. Broadcasting --Dictionaries. Motion pictures --Dictionaries. Cinematography --Dictionaries. Video recordings --Dictionaries.

Notable Playwrights
Title: Notable playwrights [electronic resource] / edited by Carl Rollyson. Publisher: Pasadena, Calif. : Salem Press, c2005. v. 1. Kōbō Abe - Susan Glaspell -- v. 2. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Edmund Rostand -- v. 3. Goerge Ryga - Paul Zindel

Oxford Illustrated History of Opera
Title: The Oxford illustrated history of opera [electronic resource] / edited by Roger Parker. Publisher: Oxford [England] : Oxford University Press, 1994. Description: xv, 541 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.

Oxford Music Online
Includes Oxford Dictionary of Music, Grove Music Online, and Oxford Companion to Music. The access-point for new and forthcoming Oxford music reference subscriptions and products, Oxford Music Online is a single gateway that offers users the ability, for the first time ever, to access and cross-search Grove and Oxford reference content in one location.

Tenors, Tantrums and Trills: an Opera Dictionary from Aida to Zzzz
Title: Tenors, tantrums and trills [computer file] : an opera dictionary from Aida to Zzzz / David W. Barber; illustrations by Dave Donald. Publisher: Toronto : Sound and Vision, c1996.

Violence and the Media: a Reference Handbook
Violence and the media [electronic resource] : a reference handbook / David E. Newton. Violence in mass media Handbooks, manuals, etc. ABC-CLIO, c1996. P96.V5 N48 1996eb

Women Composers and Songwriters: a Concise Biographical Dictionary
Title: Women composers and songwriters [computer file] : a concise biographical dictionary / Gene Claghorn. Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, c1996.

Motion Pictures

Cinema Studies: the Key Concepts
Title: Cinema studies [electronic resource] : the key concepts / Susan Hayward. Edition: 2nd ed. Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2000.

Emergence of Cinema: the American Screen to 1907
The emergence of cinema [electronic resource] : the American screen to 1907 / Charles Musser. Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Charles Scribner’s Sons, c1990. Silent films --United States --History and criticism. Motion pictures --United States --History. Motion picture industry --United States --History.

Evening’s Entertainment: the Age of the Silent Feature Picture, 1915-1928
An evening’s entertainment: the age of the silent feature picture, 1915-1928 / Richard Koszarski. Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Charles Scribner’s Sons, c1990. Silent films --United States --History and criticism. Motion pictures --United States --History. Motion picture industry --United States --History.

International Dictionary of Broadcasting and Film
Title: International dictionary of broadcasting and film [electronic resource] / Desi K. Bognár. Edition: 2nd ed. Publisher: Boston : Focal Press, 2000. Broadcasting --Dictionaries. Motion pictures --Dictionaries. Cinematography --Dictionaries. Video recordings --Dictionaries.

Transformation of Cinema, 1907-1915
Transformation of cinema, 1907-1915 / Eileen Bowser. Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Charles Scribner’s Sons, c1990. Silent films --United States --History and criticism. Motion pictures --United States --History. Motion picture industry --United States --History.

Music

Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Opera, Jazz
This site "comprises the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell (London, 2001),the New Grove Dictionary of Opera, edited by Stanley Sadie (London, 1992), and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, second edition, edited by Barry Kernfeld (London, 2002). Articles that have been updated since their appearance in print are date-stamped in the upper right corner of the screen." Updated quarterly. NOTE: Up to 5 users at a time. Try again later if you cannot connect.

Music in Every Classroom: a Resource Guide for Integrating Music Across the Curriculum, Grades K-8
Music in every classroom [computer file] : a resource guide for integrating music across the curriculum, grades K-8 / James Douglas Sporborg. Publisher:Englewood, Colo. : Libraries Unlimited, c1998. Description: xiii, 127 p. ; 24 cm. Subject(s): School music --Instruction and study --Bibliography.

NPR Classical Music Companion: Terms and Concepts from A to Z
Title: The NPR classical music companion [electronic resource] : terms and concepts from A to Z / Miles Hoffman. Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1997.

Oxford Illustrated History of Opera
Title: The Oxford illustrated history of opera [electronic resource] / edited by Roger Parker. Publisher: Oxford [England] : Oxford University Press, 1994. Description: xv, 541 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.

Oxford Music Online
Includes Oxford Dictionary of Music, Grove Music Online, and Oxford Companion to Music. The access-point for new and forthcoming Oxford music reference subscriptions and products, Oxford Music Online is a single gateway that offers users the ability, for the first time ever, to access and cross-search Grove and Oxford reference content in one location.

Theatre

Novel Approach to Theatre
A novel approach to theatre [computer file] : from Adams to Zola / Linda Sarver and Tom Markus ; illustrations by Linda Sarver. Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1997. Contains over 600 descriptions of novels that have theatrical settings or in which the inhabitants work in the theatre.