Music Research Guide

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Try these databases first to find journal articles in this discipline.
  • International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text (1874 to present)
    Provides indexing and abstracts for more that 425 international music periodicals, plus full text for around 140 journals.
  • Music Index Online (1974 to present)
    Featuring digitized content from 1970 to the present, the Music Index contains cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts of articles about music, musicians and the music industry for more than 480 periodicals. It also provides selective coverage for more than 200 periodicals.
  • Arts & Humanities Full Text
    Full-text publications that focus on art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre and cultural studies.
  • International Index to Performing Arts Full Text (1864 to present)
    Covers a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry - including dance, drama, theater, opera, film, television and more.
  • Jazz Discography - TJD Online (1896-2008)
    Comprehensive discography of all categories of recorded jazz compiled from existing general and individual jazz discographies as well as international jazz periodicals.
  • RIPM: Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (1800-1950)
    RIPM was established to provide access to eighteenth-, nineteenth- and twentieth-century periodical literature dealing with music.
  • Folk Music Index
    Index to recorded and print resources.
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (1967 to present)
    Covers literature on music from all over the world.
Use these encyclopedias and reference works to get started on a topic.
  • Oxford Music Online
    Oxford Music online is the access point for Grove Music Online and Oxford Dictionary of Music, Oxford Companion to Music, and the Encyclopedia of Popular Music.
  • Classical Music Reference Library
    Classical Music Reference Library brings together more than 40,000 pages of essential reference materials, spanning the entire history of Western classical music, in a unified online database. Included are the authoritative reference titles Baker's Dictionary of Music, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, and Baker's Student Encyclopedia of Music.
  • African American Music Reference
    Essays and images for study of all forms of black music: blues, spirituals, jazz, rap, and more.
  • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
    Comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world's peoples.
  • Oxford History of Western Music
    An account of the evolution of western music by Richard Taruskin.
  • LiederNet Archive
    The LiederNet Archive is the world's largest reference archive of texts and translations of art songs and choral works. 133,778 vocal pieces have been cataloged. 24,579 translations are available.
Also see the Primary Sources research guide.
Find images and streaming audio and video in these collections (also see the Images Research Guide).
  • Classical Music Library
    Classical music recordings (14,000+ albums) including vocal, choral, chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental music and opera.
  • Naxos Music Library
    Streaming music; listen to songs or the complete CD. Most extensive collection of classical music available, but also includes jazz, world music, spoken word, and more. Adobe Flash Player 10 is required for streaming.
  • Naxos Music Library Jazz
    Over 100,000 tracks of top jazz music from 260 labels including Fantasy, Blue Note, ACT, Effendi, Atlantic and Elektra.
  • Smithsonian Global Sound
    In partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions.
  • Database of Recorded American Music
    Scholarly resource of recordings including New World, Composers Recordings (CRI), Albany Records, Mode, Frog Peak and BMOP.
  • Met Opera on Demand (1936 to present)
    More than 450 extraordinary Met performances, video and audio streaming.
  • American Song
    Nearly 7,000 albums of music from America's past, including civil rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, wars, and more.
  • Contemporary World Music
    Contemporary World Music delivers the sounds of all regions from every continent. The database will contain important genres such as reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres such as traditional music - Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more.
  • Naxos Video Library
    Streaming video library of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries.
  • Kanopy Streaming Video
    Over 10,000 videos covering a wide variety of subject areas from producers such as the BBC, Criterion, PBS, and Kino Lorber.
Start with these recommended freely available resources in this discipline.
  • Harvard Library Online Resources for Music Scholars
    The following guide provides a basis for beginning electronic research on a wide variety of topics in music, including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, composition, and performance practice. It collects links to archival collections, online scores and sound recordings; article indexes, discographies and bibliographies; scholarly societies; musical reference works; and a miscellany of useful websites.
  • Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies
    Maintained at San José State University. Includes Beethoven Gateway.
  • New Music USA
    New Music USA was formed by the merger of the American Music Center and Meet The Composer. We provide over $1 million each year in grant support for the creation and performance of new work and community building throughout the country. We amplify the voice of the new music community through NewMusicBox, profiling the people and ideas that energize and challenge music makers today. We stream a wide-ranging catalog of new music around the clock on Counterstream Radio and provide an online home for composers to feature their own music.
  • OperaGlass
    Information on many operas including libretti, source texts, performance histories, synopses, discographies and role creators.
  • Operabase
    Information on opera performances, artists, managers, companies, statistics and obituaries.
  • Ethnomusicology Musical Instrument Collection
    The University of Washington Ethnomusicology Division houses over 400 musical instruments from around the world. Each year since the founding of the Ethnomusicology program in 1962, one or more international artists have been invited to the campus to share their musical traditions through teaching and performance. The musical instrument collection has grown over the years as the result of these residencies, and its make-up reflects the instrumental traditions of the artists who have been our guests. Additional donations have expanded the collection to its present size. The digitized images in the musical instrument database are intended for educational and instructional use. If you cite or download images, please acknowledge the University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives. Downloading of audio or video examples is prohibited.
  • Library of Congress American Memory
    Performing Arts sites.
  • American Folklife Center
    The collections in the Center's Archive of Folk Culture include folk cultural material from all fifty states.
  • New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives
    Current material available in the Digital Archives includes: 1,781 scores marked by Leonard Bernstein, Andre Kostelanetz, and others, 15,896 music parts marked by Philharmonic musicians, 3,235 printed programs, 1943—70, 4,069 business and planning folders, and 16,339 photographs and images.
  • Metropolitan Opera Archives Metopera Database
    Performance archive.
  • Virtual Instrument Museum
    Online museum (established fall 2003) of the World Music Musical Instrument Collection of the Music Department of Wesleyan University.
  • Monterey Jazz Festival Collection
    Each fall since 1958, the seaside city of Monterey, California, has been the site of performances by the world's finest jazz and blues performers. The festival's archive - preserved by the Stanford University Archive of Recorded Sound - contains recordings of live festival performances throughout the history of this enduring American cultural institution.

Concerto for clarinet and orchestra : clarinet and piano (Corigliano, John, 1938-) Music Library; M1025.C67 C64 1993 x

Il Farnace : dramma per musica RV 711-G Frost Library; M1500.V58 F36

Das Land des Lächelns : romantische Operette in drei Akten nach Viktor Léon (Lehár, Franz, 1870-1948.) Music Library; M1503.L518 L36 1957 x

The singer's musical theatre anthology Music Library; M1507 .S63 2000 x

The singer's musical theatre anthology Music Library; M1507 .S632 2000 x

Album of duets (Lehár, Franz, 1870-1948.) Music Library; M1507.L437 A4 1983

The Kerrigan-Lowdermilk songbook (Lowdermilk, Brian, composer.) Music Library; M1507.L88 K47 2015 x

Hamilton : an American musical (Miranda, Lin-Manuel, 1980-, composer, lyricist, arranger of music.) Music Library; M1508.M57 H3 2016 x

Six chansons : für gemischten Chor a cappella (Hindemith, Paul, 1895-1963.) Music Library; M1579.H56 C5 1971

The complete art songs of Franz Lehár = Sämtliche Kunstlieder. (Lehár, Franz, 1870-1948.) Music Library; M1620.L515 C6 2002 x

Four songs for voice and piano (Quilter, Roger, 1877-1953.) Music Library; M1620.Q5 F6 1999 x

18 songs for voice and piano : includes three previously unpublished songs (Quilter, Roger, 1877-1953.) Music Library; M1620.Q5 N67 2003 x

18 songs for voice and piano : includes three previously unpublished songs (Quilter, Roger, 1877-1953.) Music Library; M1620.Q5 N67 2004 x

55 songs : high voice (Quilter, Roger, 1877-1953.) Music Library; M1620.Q5 W3 2003 high x

55 songs (Quilter, Roger, 1877-1953.) Music Library; M1620.Q5 W3 2003 low x

Six songs for high voice and piano : (original keys), op. 25 (Quilter, Roger, 1877-1953, composer.) Music Library; M1621 .Q56 op.25 1998 x

Six songs for low voice and piano : opus 25 (Quilter, Roger, 1877-1953, composer.) Music Library; M1621 .Q56 op.25 1998b x

Two songs for low voice and piano : (original keys) : op. 26 (Quilter, Roger, 1877-1953.) Music Library; M1621 .Q56 op.26 1998 x

Great songs-- of country music Music Library; M1630.18 .G728 2002 x

David Bowie anthology. (Bowie, David.) Music Library; M1630.18.B68 D38 1985 x

A musical collection from Cirque du Soleil. Music Library; M1630.18.C537 M87 2007 x

Cancionero : songs of laughter and faith in New Mexico (Robb, J. D. (John Donald), 1892-1989, composer, writer of introduction.) Music Library; M1668.4 .R63 2015 x

Amherst College songs Archives and Special Collections; M1948.A51 B4 1932

Junior laurel Songs (Armitage, M. Teresa (Marie Teresa)) Archives and Special Collections; M1994.A76 J95 1917

When little boys sing (Carpenter, John Alden, 1876-1951.) Archives and Special Collections; M1997.C29 W5 1904 x

German settings of Ossianic texts, 1770-1815 Music Library; M2 .R2381 v.100 x

Two operas from the series Die zween Anton. Part 2, Die verdeckten Sachen : Vienna, 1789 (Schack, Benedikt, 1758-1826, composer.) Music Library; M2 .R2381 v.98 x

Messe für gemischten Chor a capella (1963) (Hindemith, Paul, 1895-1963.) Music Library; M2011.H662 M58 2000z x

Apparebit repentina dies (Hindemith, Paul, 1895-1963.) Music Library; M2023.H6 A6 1948 x

Trio, op. 8, für Klavier, Violine und Violoncello (Brahms, Johannes, 1833-1897.) Music Library; M312 .B8 op.8 1926 x

Primavera porteña : for violin, violoncello, and piano (Piazzolla, Astor.) Music Library; M314.P53 C827 2000z x

The British Museum citole : new perspectives Frost Library; ML1015.C57 B75 2015

Italian guitar music of the seventeenth century : battuto and pizzicato (Eisenhardt, Lex, 1952-, author.) Frost Library; ML1015.G9 E38 2015

The contemporary guitar (Schneider, John, author.) Frost Library; ML1015.G9 S36 2015

Historical dictionary of the Broadway musical (Everett, William A., 1962-, author.) Frost Library; ML102.M88 E94 2016

The Jews-harp in Britain and Ireland (Wright, Michael (Jew's harp player) author.) Frost Library; ML1087 .W75 2015

Eroticism in early modern music Frost Library; ML1603 .E76 2015

Reconstructing Damon : music, wisdom teaching, and politics in Perikles' Athens (Wallace, Robert W., 1950-, author.) Frost Library; ML167 .W35 2015

The business of opera Frost Library; ML1700 .B98 2015

An invitation to the opera (DiGaetani, John Louis, 1943-, author.) Frost Library; ML1700 .D53 2016

The secret life of the American musical : how Broadway shows are built (Viertel, Jack (Theatrical producer), author.) Frost Library; ML1711 .V37 2016

Foreign opera at the London playhouses : from Mozart to Bellini (Fuhrmann, Christina, author.) Frost Library; ML1731.8.L7 F84 2015

Music theater and popular nationalism in Spain, 1880-1930 (Young, Clinton D., author.) Frost Library; ML1747 .Y68 2016

Listen again : a new history of music (Wulstan, David, author.) Frost Library; ML193 .W87 2015

Listening to Rosita : the business of Tejana music and culture, 1930-1955 (Villarreal, Mary Ann, 1971-, author.) Frost Library; ML200.7.T35 V55 2015

La Habana tiene su son (Oropesa, Ricardo R., 1955- author.) Archives and Special Collections; ML207.C8 O76 2012

Today's sounds for yesterday's films : making music for silent cinema (Donnelly, K. J. (Kevin J.) editor, contributor.) Frost Library; ML2075 .D665 2016

Beyond Britten : the composer and the community Frost Library; ML285.5 .B49 2015

Nietzsche's orphans : music, metaphysics, and the twilight of the Russian Empire (Mitchell, Rebecca, 1976-, author.) Frost Library; ML300.5 .M58 2015

Congregational music-making and community in a mediated age Frost Library; ML3001 .C69 2015

Spirit song : Afro-Brazilian religious music and boundaries (Gidal, Marc, 1972-, author.) Frost Library; ML3197 .G52 2016

Sufi soul [videorecording] : the mystic music of Islam Frost Library; ML3197 .S946

Queerness in pop music : aesthetics, gender norms, and temporality (Hawkins, Stan, author.) Frost Library; ML3470 .H39 2016

The American song book (Furia, Philip, 1943-, author.) Frost Library; ML3477 .F86 2016

The music of multicultural America : performance, identity, and community in the United States Frost Library; ML3477 .M85 2016

Weird, yet strange : notes from an Austin music artist (Garrett, Danny, 1945-) Frost Library; ML3477.8.A97 G37 2015

San Francisco and the long 60s (Hill, Sarah, 1966-, author.) Frost Library; ML3477.8.S26 H77 2016

Negro soy yo : hip hop and raced citizenship in neoliberal Cuba (Perry, Marc D., 1967-, author.) Frost Library; ML3486.C82 P47 2016

Made in Latin America : studies in popular music Frost Library; ML3487.A1 M33 2016

Greek rebetiko from a psychocultural perspective : same songs changing minds (Koglin, Daniel.) Frost Library; ML3499.G8 K64 2016

The revolution will not be televised : protest music after Fukushima (Manabe, Noriko, 1960-, author.) Frost Library; ML3501 .M36 2015

The cultural politics of jazz collectives : this is our music Frost Library; ML3506 .C85 2015

Jazz sells : music, marketing, and meaning (Laver, Mark, author.) Frost Library; ML3506 .L38 2015

An autobiography of Black jazz (Travis, Dempsey J. (Dempsey Jerome), 1920-2009.) Archives and Special Collections; ML3508 .T7 1983

Jazz diasporas : race, music, and migration in post-World War II Paris (Braggs, Rashida K., 1976-, author.) Frost Library; ML3509.F78 P36 2016

Waiting for Buddy Guy : Chicago blues at the crossroads (Harper, Alan (Editor), author.) Frost Library; ML3521 .H377 2016

New Orleans rhythm and blues after Katrina : music, magic and myth (Urban, Michael, 1947-, author.) Frost Library; ML3521 .U58 2016

Country comes to town : the music industry and the transformation of Nashville (Hill, Jeremy, 1975- author.) Frost Library; ML3524 .H56 2016

Reggae from Yaad : traditional and emerging themes in Jamaican popular music Frost Library; ML3532 .R44 2015

Global glam and popular music : style and spectacle from the 1970s to the 2000s Frost Library; ML3534 .G573 2016

Floating tomb : black metal theory (Masciandaro, Nicola, 1969-, author.) Frost Library; ML3534 .M42 2015

Small town talk (Hoskyns, Barney, author.) Frost Library; ML3534.3 .H672 2016

Everybody's heard about the bird : the true story of 1960s rock 'n' roll in Minnesota (Shefchik, Rick, author.) Frost Library; ML3534.3 .S53 2015

Hear my sad story (Polenberg, Richard, author.) Frost Library; ML3551 .P65 2015

Mississippi fiddle tunes and songs from the 1930s (Bolick, Harry.) Frost Library; ML3551.7.M6 B65 2015

Cry for luck (Keeling, Richard.) Archives and Special Collections; ML3557 .K43 1992

Rumba clave blen blen blen Frost Library; ML3565 .R85

Bulgarian harmony : in village, wedding, and choral music of the last century (Kirilov, Kalin, 1975-, author.) Frost Library; ML3602 .K57 2015

Music city : American festivals and placemaking in Austin, Nashville, and Newport (Wynn, Jonathan R., author.) Frost Library; ML37.U5 W96 2015

Iranian music and popular entertainment from Motrebi to Losanjelesi and beyond (Breyley, G. J. (Gay Jennifer) author.) Frost Library; ML3756 .B74 2016

The Yoruba god of drumming : transatlantic perspectives on the wood that talks Frost Library; ML3760 .Y67 2015

Making aboriginal men and music in Central Australia (Ottosson, Åse, author.) Frost Library; ML3770 .O76 2016

The Cambridge companion to Jewish music Frost Library; ML3776 .C35 2015

Singing on the river : Sichuan boatmen and their work songs, 1880s - 1930s (Chabrowski, Igor Iwo, author.) Frost Library; ML3780 .C43 2015

The sea in the British musical imagination Frost Library; ML3780 .S54 2015

Record label marketing : how music companies brand and market artists in the digital era (Macy, Amy, author.) Frost Library; ML3790 .H985 2016

Music and capitalism : a history of the present (Taylor, Timothy Dean, author.) Frost Library; ML3790 .T393 2016

Popkiss : the life and afterlife of Sarah Records (White, Michael (Michael Stuart), 1970-, author.) Frost Library; ML3792.S27 W55 2016

Computational music analysis Frost Library; ML3800 .C66 2016

The thought of music (Kramer, Lawrence, 1946-, author.) Frost Library; ML3800 .K73 2016

Interstitial soundings : philosophical reflections on improvisation, practice, and self-making (Nielsen, Cynthia R.) Frost Library; ML3800 .N54 2015

Phantom limbs : on musical bodies (Szendy, Peter, author.) Frost Library; ML3800 .S96813 2016

Low end theory : bass, bodies and the materiality of sonic experience (Jasen, Paul C., author.) Frost Library; ML3805 .J37 2016

Sensing sound : singing & listening as vibrational practice (Eidsheim, Nina Sun, 1975-, author.) Frost Library; ML3807 .E43 2015

The Oxford handbook of music psychology Frost Library; ML3830 .O9 2016

Ubiquitous musics : the everyday sounds that we don't always notice Frost Library; ML3830 .U23 2013

Every song ever : twenty ways to listen in an age of musical plenty (Ratliff, Ben, author.) Frost Library; ML3838 .R29 2016

Reification and the aesthetics of music (Lewis, Jonathan, 1984-, author.) Frost Library; ML3845 .L49 2016

The melody of time : music and temporality in the Romantic era (Taylor, Benedict, 1981-, author.) Frost Library; ML3845 .T37 2016

The Smith tapes : lost interviews with rock stars & icons 1969-1972 (Smith, Howard, 1936-2014, interviewer.) Frost Library; ML385 .S5924 2015