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Vincent H. Duckles Award
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Voncent H. DucklesThe Vincent H. Duckles Award is the Music Library Association's annual prize for the best book-length bibliography or reference work in music. The prize, awarded since the 1976 publication year, was named in honor of Vincent Duckles in 1985.

Vincent H. Duckles (1913–1985) was Head of the Music Library and Professor in the Department of Music at the University of California, Berkeley. During his long and distinguished career he made major contributions to music libraries, librarianship, and scholarship. In his 33 year tenure at Berkeley he built the music library into one of the country's most important collections. He was active in the Music Library Association, serving on the board of directors as member-at-large and MLA President in 1961. He also chaired the Survey of Library Resources, Constitutional Revision, and Program committees. In recognition of his stature in the profession MLA awarded him its highest honor, the MLA Citation, in 1980. Vincent Duckles' most widely known work is Music Reference and Research Materials, which grew out of his famous music bibliography course at Berkeley. First published in 1967, it rapidly became and has remained the standard book in its field. The last edition to appear under his sole authorship was the third, in 1974; it is now in its fifth edition, under the editorship of Ida Reed (New York, Schirmer Books).

Vincent Duckles received his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1953. He was a specialist in seventeenth-century English song and the author of Thematic Catalog of a Manuscript Collection of Eighteenth-Century Italian Instrumental Music in the University of California, Berkeley, Music Library, published in 1963. Toward the close of his career he turned his attention to historiography of music and the history of musical scholarship. He was active in the local musical scene as a performer on the double bass, organ, and piano. He was a dedicated concert-goer, and had a large and admiring circle of students, colleagues, and friends.

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Past recipients

2014  David Lasocki and Richard Griscom, The Recorder: A Research and Information Guide, 3rd edition (Routledge Music Bibliographies, 2012).
2013Jerry McBride, Douglas Moore: a Bio-Bibliography (Middleton, Wis.: A-R Editions, 2011)
2012Christophe Grabowski and John Rink, Annotated Catalogue of Chopin's First Editions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)
2011No award given
2010Laurie J. Sampsel, Music Research: A Handbook (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2009)
2009David Williams and C. Matthew Balensuela, Music Theory from Boethius to Zarlino: A Bibliography and Guide (Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press, 2007)
2008Diccionario de la Zarzuela: España e Hispanoamérica. under the direction of Emilio Casares Rodicio. 2nd edition in 2 volumes, (Madrid: Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales, 2006)
2007Mary Lewis, Antonio Gardano, Venetian Music Printer, 1538–1569 (New York: Garland Press, 2005)
2006James R. Cowdery, Zdravko Blažekovic, Barry S. Brook, gen. eds., Speaking of Music: Music Conferences, 1835–1966 (Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale, 2004) RILM Retrospective Series, No. 4.
2005Joël-Marie Fauquet, Dictionnaire de la musique en France au XIXe siècle (Fayard, 2003)
2004Sabina Teller Ratner, Camille Saint-Saëns, 1835–1921: A Thematic Catalogue of His Complete Works (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002)
2003Horst Leuchtmann and Bernhold Schmid, Orlando di Lasso: seine Werke in zeitgenössischen Drucken, 1555–1687. Orlando di Lasso: Sämtliche Werke: Supplement (Kassel; New York: Bärenreiter, 2001)
2002Robert Shay and Robert Thompson, Purcell Manuscripts: The Principal Musical Sources (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)
2001David Fallows, A Catalogue of Polyphonic Songs, 1415–1480 (Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1999)
James B. Sinclair, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Music of Charles Ives (New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, 1999)
2000Glenda D. Goss, Jean Sibelius: A Guide to Research (New York, NY: Garland Publishomg, 1998)
1999Paul Bryan, Johann Wanhal, Viennese Symphonist: His Life and His Musical Environment (Stuyvesant, NY: Pendragon Press, 1997)
1998Michael Twyman, Early Lithographed Music: A Study Based on the H. Baron Collection (London: Farrand Press, 1996)
1997Lawrence Earp, Guillaume de Machaut: A Guide to Research (New York: Garland Publishing, 1995)
1996Donald Burrows and Martha J. Ronish, A Catalogue of Handel's Musical Autographs (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994)
1995Helen Myers, ed., Ethnomusicology: Historical and Regional Studies (New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1993)
1994Mary Kay Duggan, Italian Music Incunabula: Printers and Type (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992)
1993Richard Kitson, Dwight's Journal of Music (1852–1881) (Ann Arbor, Mich.: U.M.I., 1991)
1992Allen Perdue Britton, Irving Lowens, and Richard Crawford, American Sacred Music Imprints, 1698–1810: A Bibliography (Worcester: American Antiquarian Society, 1990)
1991Hans-Joachim Schulze and Christoph Wolff, Bach Compendium: Analytisch-bibliographisches Repertorium der Werke Johann Sebastian Bachs (Frankfurt, New York: C.F. Peters, 1985–89)
1990Anik Devries and Franois Lesure, Dictionnaire des éditeurs de musique francais, vol. II (Géneve: Editions Minkoff, 1988)
Thomas J. Mathiesen, Ancient Greek Music Theory: a Catalogue Raisonné of Manuscripts (RISM B/XI) (Munchen: G. Henle, 1988)
1989Arthur B. Wenk, Analyses of Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Music (Boston: Music Library Association, 1987)
1988H. Wiley Hitchcock and Stanley Sadie, ed., The New Grove Dictionary of American Music (London: Macmillan, 1986)
1987John Reed, The Schubert Song Companion (New York: Universe Books, 1985)
1986Donald L. Hixon, Thea Musgrave: A Bio-Bibliography (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1984)
1985Boston Area Music Libraries, The Boston Composers Project (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1983)
1984Carol J. Oja, ed., American Music Recordings: A Discography of 20th Century U.S. Composers (Brooklyn: Institute for Studies in American Music, 1982)
1983D. W. Krummel et al., Resources of American Music History: A Directory of Source Materials from Colonial Times to World War II (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1981)
1982Anna Harriet Heyer, comp., Historical Sets, Collected Editions, and Monuments of Music: A Guide to Their Contents, 3d ed. (Chicago: American Library Association, 1980)
1981No award given
1980Maurice Hinson, The Piano in Chamber Ensemble: An Annotated Guide (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1978)
1979Rita Benton, Ignace Pleyel: A Thematic Catalogue of His Compositions (New York: Pendragon Press, 1977)
1978E. Ruth Anderson, comp., Contemporary American Composers: A Biographical Dictionary (Boston: G.K. Hall, 1976)

 


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