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Popular Music

Library resources on rock, jazz, hip hop, videogame music, and other popular genres

Music for Stage and Screen

Music has long been a component of stage drama and, since the twentieth century, its usage has expanded into screen genres like film, television, and videogames. In each of these cases, music participates in something larger; sometimes it is the dominant partner while at other times it is subservient to the stage action or visual imagery. Music's role in videogames, especially, has attracted scholarly attention in recent years for the ways it reacts to player choices. Find resources on music for stage and screen below. For even more on musical theatre specifically, see the independent Musical Theatre Research Guide.

Recommended Books

The recommended books below include print reference sources and books on different topics within music for stage and screen. Many books on musical theatre can be found in ML 2054, while music for film is shelved in ML 2075 and music for television nearby in ML 2080. Books on videogame music and the related field of study, ludomusicology, meanwhile, are shelved in ML 3540.7. Recommended books are sorted by their call numbers for ease of browsing. Hover over the info icon to see a description.

Interlibrary Loan

Users are encouraged to search for items beyond University Libraries' catalog via RILM Abstracts of Music Literature and WorldCat. Materials not available in print or online may be requested through Interlibrary Loan. Please allow up to seven days for electronic delivery and up to fourteen days for delivery of physical items.