Definition of discography in English:



  • 1A descriptive catalogue of musical recordings, particularly those of a particular performer or composer:

    ‘the factual reliability is commendable—he clearly had a good discography to hand’
    • ‘These expanded capabilities can capture all of the credits that are typically printed in the liner notes of an audio CD, as well as data found in comprehensive musical biographies or discographies.’
    • ‘He has performed throughout the United States and Europe, his discography ranging from Bach on historical organs to 20th century fare.’
    • ‘I also found solace and beauty in the ethereally light Divertimento in B flat, a work which was not previously available in the Toscanini discography.’
    • ‘There is also a text biography and a complete discography included to complete the bonus features.’
    • ‘The crucial distinction between a discography and a library or manufacturer's catalogue is the critical selection and organization of its information for a distinct purpose.’
    • ‘There are discographies, band biographies, a photo gallery, hidden studio tracks, and DVD-ROM links.’
    • ‘Theirs is quickly becoming one of the most daunting discographies in contemporary music.’
    • ‘He has bequeathed to the world a rich discography of 10 full opera recordings, a Verdi ‘Requiem’, and many fine recital discs.’
    • ‘The book also has a selected list of composers, selected bibliography, discography and an index.’
    • ‘In addition, the book includes a complete list of works, a discography and a bibliography.’
    • ‘Appendices contain a discography and details of concert halls around the world.’
    • ‘You can read more at the link below, including a catalogue of works, a discography and a library of programme notes.’
    • ‘His Tchaikovsky discography runs several pages, from the last four symphonies to items like ‘Hamlet’.’
    • ‘I wanted to put an index and a discography in the hardback edition of the book.’
    • ‘I am very happy with his interpretations, and the disc is a welcome addition to the very extensive Scarlatti discography.’
    • ‘Checking the discography, however, I don't find them in our collection.’
    • ‘The concluding portion of this article provides a lengthy discography that presents recordings that focus on tearful situations and crying themes over the past six decades.’
    • ‘It is a nice but not critical addition to the Khachaturian discography.’
    • ‘Paradoxically, this is not a major addition to the Bruckner discography, but it is a major addition to the Boulez discography.’
    • ‘It's also a big site, with artist biographies, discographies, tour details, full catalogue details with cover art and sound clips and an online radio show.’
    1. 1.1 All of a performer's or composer's recordings considered as a body of work:
      ‘his discography is overwhelmingly classical’
      • ‘Essentially, this recording adds little to the Schumann discography, and other reviews I have read seem to be of like opinion.’
      • ‘The Wonder edition includes an informative biography and a discography of his recordings.’
      • ‘This pairing of the two violin sonatas is also extremely important for the composer's discography and also includes a number of short rare pieces that add to the enticement of the disc as a whole.’
      • ‘His discography has included Scriabin, Shostakovich, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Milhaud, and Rodrigo.’
    2. 1.2[mass noun] The study of musical recordings and compilation of descriptive catalogues:
      ‘jazz fans direct their intellectual energy to discography’


1930s: from disc + -graphy, on the pattern of biography.