For immediate release | July 23, 2021

Music Library Association’s updated, authoritative classical music collection resource

CHICAGO — The new fourth edition of “A Basic Music Library: Essential Scores and Sound Recordings,” relying on the authority of the Music Library Association and published by ALA Editions, includes thousands of records selected by experts in dozens of specialized and popular areas of music. Covering classical music, Volume 3 is organized into these categories:

  • Orchestral Music
  • Film Music
  • Band Music
  • Woodwinds
  • Brass
  • Strings
  • Percussion
  • Keyboard
  • Opera
  • Musical Theater
  • Solo Voice
  • Choral Music
  • Classical Music Anthologies

All three volumes in the new fourth edition, which cover Popular Music, World Music, and Classical Music, are now available individually or as a specially priced set.

The Music Library Association is the professional association for music libraries and librarianship in the United States. Founded in 1931, it has an international membership of librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades. Complementing the Association’s national and international activities are ten regional chapters.

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