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Rock N Roll: A Guide for the Rock & Popular Music Program

This guide provides helpful resources for students enrolled in the new "Rock and Popular Music" program, also known as the B.A. in Music with a focus on Popular Music.

What are primary sources?

The primary sources of a musical work can include the following:

Autograph / Holograph (the composer's own manuscript)

Copies (handwritten by a relative, student, colleague, or professional copyist; or, in the case of medieval works, by monastic scribes)

First edition (typically published in consultation with the composer)

Early editions (printed during the composer's lifetime)

Early editions (edited by a relative, student, or other person close to the composer, after the composer's death)

Scholarly editions (edited by a scholar or performer known for their knowledge / interpretation of the composer)

Collected editions (the composer's complete works, published in a scholarly edition that shows the variant readings (differences) in the above sources)

Learn more about primary sources and how to interpret them here.

Indentifying Sources

To determine which primary sources survive for a specific work, consult the following research tools (click on each to see tips on how to use it):

Primary Sources Online

Find Sources in the CSU Special Collections

See the library's Special Collections to discover primary source materials, including the papers of the following local composers: