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Research Guides

Guide to BIPOC musicians and related literature

This guide supports research on the musical traditions and scholarship of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) individuals and groups.


There are numerous web-based resources dedicated to helping you find composers and compositions from racialized and underrepresented groups, such as the Institute for Composer Diversity, The Composers Equity ProjectA Seat at the Piano, and the Composers of Color Resource Project. Once you have found a piece of music, look it up in the Music Library catalogue to gain access. If we do not have it, you can request it through inter-library loan or suggest a purchase.

Below is a very small selection of items to give you a general idea of the kinds of scores the music library has, organized by instrument/ensemble. 

Orchestral Music

Boulogne, Joseph. Violin Concerto in D, Op. 3 No. 1. Wellington: Artaria Editions, 2002.

Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel. Ballade in A Minor, Op. 33. Edited by Nancy M. Bradburd. Boca Raton, FL: E.F. Kalmus, 2001.

León, Tania. Horizons: For Orchestra. New York: Peermusic, 1999.

Price, Florence. Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3. Edited by Rae Linda Brown and Wayne Shirley. Middleton, Wis: A-R Editions, 2008.

Walker, George. Da Camera: For Piano Trio and String Orchestra with Harp, Celesta, Percussion & Optional String Ensemble, (2008). Maryland Heights, MO: Lauren Keiser Music, 2008.

Chamber Music

Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel. Piano Trio in E minor. Mallorca: Soundpost Publishing, 2005.

D'Rivera, Paquito. Aires Tropicales: For Woodwind Quintet. Englewood, NJ: Havana-New York Music, 1994.

Enriquez, Manuel. Cuarteto III. Munich: Edition Modern, 1978.

Frank, Gabriela Lena. Leyendas: an Andean Walkabout: For String Quartet. New York: G. Schirmer, 2005.

Gnattali, Radamés. Suite Retratos: Pour Deux Guitares. Paris: H. Lemoine, 1987.

Golijov, Osvaldo. Yiddishbbuk: Inscriptions for String Quartet. Boston, MA: Ytalianna Music, 2001.

Owens, Robert. Idomeneo-Quartett: für Oboe, Violine, Viola und Violoncello: Op. 93. Salzgitter: Ostinato-Musikverlag, 2006.

Yi, Chen. Not Alone & Happy Birthday to Prism: For Saxophone Quartet. Theodore Presser Company, 2017.

Keyboard Music

Dett, R. Nathaniel. In the Bottoms: For Solo PianoBoca Raton, Fla.: Masters Music Publications, 2000.

Joplin, Scott. Complete Piano Works. Edited by Vera Brodsky Lawrence. New York: New York Public Library, 2010.

Louie, Alexina. I Leap Through the Sky with Stars: For Solo Piano. Toronto: Gordon V. Thompson, 1994.

Nyaho, William H. Chapman, ed. Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Ruo, Huang. Tree Without Wind: For Solo Piano (2005). London: Ricordi, 2016.

Smith, Joseph, ed. Four Early 20th Century Piano Suites by Black ComposersNew York: G. Schirmer, 1997.

Still, William Grant. Bells: Two Pieces for Solo Piano. Flagstaff, Ariz: William Grant Still Music, 2011. 

Walker-Hill, Helen, ed. Black Women Composers: A Century of Piano Music (1893-1990). Bryn Mawr, PA: Hildegard, 1992.

Vocal Music: Solo and Choral

Andreo, Dante, ed. Hispanoamerica: Música de la Época Virreinal. Segovia: Federacíon Coral de Castilla y León, 1992.

Bonds, Margaret. Three Dream Portraits: Poems from The Dream Keeper. New York: Ricordi, 1959.

Garcia, José Maurício Nunes, Sigismund Ritter Von Neukomm, and Marcos Portugal. Real Capela do Rio de Janeiro, 1808-1821 : Obras Sacras. Edited by Ricardo Bernardes. Rio de Janeiro: Funarte, 2002.

Nicholas, John, trans. Billie Holiday: Original Keys for Singers: Vocal/PianoMilwaukee, WI: H. Leonard Corp, 2002.

Simmons, Margaret R., and Jeanine Wagner, eds. A New Anthology of Art Songs by African American Composers. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2004. 

Taylor, Vivian, ed. Art Songs and Spirituals by African-American Women Composers. Bryn Mawr, PA: Hildegard Publishing, 2005.

Wilson, Kathleen L., ed. The Art Song in Latin America: Selected Works by Twentieth-Century Composers. Stuyvesant, NY: Pendragon Press, 1998.

Percussion Music

Abe, Keiko. Michi: For Marimba. Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Music for Percussion, 1979.

Fung, Vivian. The Voices Inside My Head: For 3 Percussionists (2014)New York: Bill Holab, 2014.

Ho, Vincent. Nostalgia: VibraphoneWellington, N.Z., Promethean Editions, 2012.

Sierra, Roberto. Bongo-0: (Bongo-zero): For Bongos. Verona, NJ: Subito Music, 2004.


String Music

Davis, Anthony. Violin Sonata for Violin and Piano. New York: G. Schirmer, 1995.

Lavista, Mario. Quotations: Para Cello y PianoLa Habana: Musica de Nuestra America, 1980.

Singleton, Alvin. Helga: For Violin, Viola and Cello. New York: Schott, 2003.

Romero, Aldemaro. Suite for Cello and PianoMilano, Italien: A.A.A. Prologo srl, Cesano Boscone, 1976.


Wind Music

Cáceres, Germán. Cinco Deploraciones: Para Flauta Sola (1988). Havana, Cuba: Casa de las Américas, 2000.

Coltrane, John. The Music of John ColtraneMilwaukee, Wis: Hal Leonard, 1991.

Grigson, Lionel, ed. A Charlie Parker Study Album. London: Novello, 1989.

Lavalle, Armando. Sonata Para Piano y Oboe. México : Liga de Compositores de México, 1983.

Brass Music

Davis, Miles. StandardsMilwaukee, WI: H. Leonard, 2001.

Fung, Vivian. Indigenous Rites: Concerto for Baritone, Saxophone and Brass Band (2013). Brooklyn, NY: Bill Holab Music, 2015.

Marsalis, Wynton. Ballads. Transcribed by David Pugh, David Pearl, and Tom Toriello. Miami, FL: Warner Bros. Publications, 1997.