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International Dictionary of Black Composers

International Dictionary of Black Composers

Winner of the following awards:

Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin, Editors' Choice: Reference

Columbia University Libraries, Reference Departments, Selected Reference Books of 1999/200

Choice Award, Outstanding Academic Titles for the year 1999

Dartmouth Medal Honorable Mention, Reference & Users Services Association, American Library Association

The American Library Association Reference and User Services Association hereby certifies that International Dictionary of Black Composers has been accorded HONORABLE MENTION recognition in the Association's July 10, 2000 award of its Dartmouth Medal, as bestowed “to honor achievement in creating reference works outstanding in both quality and significance.”

Library Journal, Best Reference Source

New York Public Library, Twenty Best Reference Books for the year 1999

RUSA Award, Outstanding Reference Sources for Small and Medium-sized Libraries for the year 2000

"No other work seems to have the depth and breadth of coverage or possesses the same imprimatur and stamp of authority as IDBC does. . . . While this reviewer would ordinarily refrain from recommending the purchase of any book by all libraries, regardless of type, clientele, or size, I unhesitatingly and enthusiastically recommend IDBC to all those which can afford it. It is that important." Robert O. Johnson

"This exceptional work provides information on composers of African heritage from around the world during the last 300 years. . . . This is a truly outstanding source that libraries will not want to do without." American Libraries

Published in April 1999 by Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, the 2-volume International Dictionary of Black Composers (IDBC) provides information about a cross-section of 186 composers of African heritage who reside in locations around the world, including North and South America, Europe, Africa, and the islands adjacent to and between any of these continents, including, for example, the islands of the Caribbean. The IDBC contains biographical sketches, works-lists bibliographies with discographical information, lists of publications by and about the composers, and critical essays about the composers and some of their most important works, giving users both facts and interpretive perspectives from scholars in the field. The IDBC embraces not only composers of music for the concert hall but also composers of popular and vernacular musical forms and styles.


Dorothy Auchter, "Outstanding Reference Sources 2000: The Annual Recommendation of Distinguished Reference Works Selected by Reference Librarians," American Libraries 31, no. 5 (May 2000): 65.

Béhague, Gerard, Revista Latin de Música American/Latino Music Americana Review 21, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2000): 250-253.

Chamber Music (April 2000): 64.

Robert O. Johnson, Reference & User Services Quarterly 39, no. 2 (Winter 1999): 195.

Herbert G. McCann, Bacon's (September 13, 1999).

Reference Books Bulletin, October 1, 1999.

Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune (August 28, 1999): sect. 7, p. 10.

Sample entries are available through the links provided below:

Crouch, Andraé
Gonzaga, Chiquinha
Kay, Ulysses Simpson
McDaniel, William Foster
Sancho, Ignatius