Music Research Guide

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Try these databases first to find journal articles in this discipline.
  • Music database (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 Database
    Full-text publications that focus on art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre and cultural studies.
  • Performing arts database (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
    Kanopy offers a broad selection of thousands of streaming films, documentaries, and theatrical releases covering a wide variety of subject areas, with additional new releases launched monthly. If close-captioning is not included, it can be requested. Interactive transcripts are included. Note that US feature films are not typically part of the Kanopy offerings.
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.

Paris symphonies : nos. 82-87 in full score (Haydn, Joseph, 1732-1809, composer.) Music Library; M1001 .H4 H.I, 82-87 2016

Klavierkonzert c-Moll KV 491 = Piano concerto in C minor, K. 491 (Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791, composer.) Music Library; M1011 .M93 K.491 H4 2015 x

Violinkonzert Nr. 5 a-Moll, Opus 37 = Violin concerto no. 5 in A minor, op. 37 (Vieuxtemps, Henri, 1820-1881, composer.) Music Library; M1013 .V672 op.37 2016 x

Klarinettenkonzert B-Dur, Opus 11 = Clarinet concerto in Bb major, op. 11 (Crusell, Bernhard Henrik, 1775-1838, composer.) Music Library; M1025 .C957 op.11 2015 x

Klarinettenkonzert f-Moll, Opus 5 = Clarinet concerto in F minor, op. 5 (Crusell, Bernhard Henrik, 1775-1838, composer.) Music Library; M1025 .C957 op.5 2015 x

Klarinettenkonzert Nr. 1, c-Moll, Opus 26 = Clarinet concerto no. 1 in C minor, op. 26 (Spohr, Louis, 1784-1859, composer.) Music Library; M1025 .S75 no.1 2015 x

Flötenkonzert d-moll = Flute concerto in d minor (Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel, 1714-1788, composer.) Music Library; M1121 .B118 H.484.1 2015 x

Matthew Bourne's Swan lake Frost Library; M1520.T33 L498

Acis und Galatea : Pastoral (Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759.) Music Library; M1523.H155 A36

Chants d'Auvergne (Canteloube, Joseph, 1879-1957.) Music Library; M1612.C3 C45 x

Neun deutsche Arien (Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759, composer.) Music Library; M1613.3.H2 D3 2015 x

Zwölf Gedichte, opus 35 (Schumann, Robert, 1810-1856, composer.) Music Library; M1621.4 .S41 op.35 2015 x

Leipzig church music from the Sherard collection Music Library; M2 .C64362 v.20 x

Il trionfo della Poesia, e della Musica (Marcello, Benedetto, 1686-1739, composer.) Music Library; M2 .R238 v.191 x

Six string quartets, op. 16 (Förster, Emanuel Aloys, 1748-1823, composer.) Music Library; M2 .R2381 v.101 x

Six keyboard concertos, op. 3 (Schroeter, Johann Samuel, approximately 1752-1788, composer.) Music Library; M2 .R2381 v.92 x

Legenden : opus 59 : für Klavier zu vier Händen = Legends : op. 59 : for piano four-hands (Dvořák, Antonín, 1841-1904, composer.) Music Library; M204 .D98 op.59 2015 xx

Bilder aus Osten (Schumann, Robert, 1810-1856, composer.) Music Library; M204.S39 B5 2015 xx

Peer-Gynt-Suiten (Grieg, Edvard, 1843-1907, arranger of music, composer.) Music Library; M209.G84 P4 2016 xx

Concerto for piano and wind instruments (Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971, composer.) Music Library; M215.S92 C66 2000z x

Inventionen und Sinfonien = Inventions and Sinfonias (Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750, composer.) Music Library; M22 .B11 BWV 772-801 H4 2015 x

Nocturnes (Chopin, Frédéric, 1810-1849, composer.) Music Library; M22.C545 N7 2014 x

Klaviersonate A-dur, KV 331 (Alla Turca) = Piano sonata in A major, K. 331 (Alla Turca) (Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791, composer.) Music Library; M23 .M939 K.331 2015 x

Romance sans paroles (Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847, composer.) Music Library; M233 .M45 op.109 2015 x

Sevilla (Albéniz, Isaac, 1860-1909, composer.) Music Library; M24.A32 S842 2016 x

Goyescas : los majos enamorados (Granados, Enrique, 1867-1916, composer.) Music Library; M24.G736 G69 2015 x

Fantasiestücke : opus 2 : für Oboe und Klavier = Fantasy pieces : op. 2 : for oboe and piano (Nielsen, Carl, 1865-1931, composer.) Music Library; M246 .N66 op.2 2015 x

Zwei Rhapsodien Opus 79 = Two rhapsodies op. 79 (Brahms, Johannes, 1833-1897, composer.) Music Library; M25 .B7 op.79 2015 x

Berceuse Des-dur, opus 57 = Berceuse in D♭ major, op. 57 (Chopin, Frédéric, 1810-1849, composer.) Music Library; M25 .C4 op.57 H4 2015 x

Étude-Tableau C-dur, Opus 33 Nr. 2 = Étude-tableau in C major, op. 33 no. 2 (Rachmaninoff, Sergei, 1873-1943, composer.) Music Library; M25 .R3 op.33 no.2 2016 x

Allegro barbaro (Bartók, Béla, 1881-1945, composer.) Music Library; M25.B378 A55 2016 x

Alborada del gracioso (Ravel, Maurice, 1875-1937, composer.) Music Library; M25.R35 M53 2015 x

Pavane pour une infante défunte (Ravel, Maurice, 1875-1937, composer.) Music Library; M25.R35 P3 2015 x

Tarantella und Albumblatt (Reger, Max, 1873-1916, composer.) Music Library; M250.R33 T37 2015 x

Rêverie : Opus 24, für Horn und Klavier = Rêverie : for horn and piano, op. 24 (Glazunov, Aleksandr Konstantinovich, 1865-1936, composer.) Music Library; M257.G55 M42 2015 x

Marsch der Blaukehlchen (Janáček, Leoš, 1854-1928, composer.) Music Library; M271.P45 J36 M37 2016 x

[Opere] (Vivaldi, Antonio, 1678-1741.) Music Library; M3 .V69 1982

Klaviertrio Nr. 3 f-Moll, Opus 65 = Piano trio no. 3 in F minor op. 65 (Dvořák, Antonín, 1841-1904, composer.) Music Library; M312 .D98 op.65 2015 x

Valse oubliée Nr. 1 = Valse oubliée no. 1 (Liszt, Franz, 1811-1886, composer.) Music Library; M32.L5 V2 2016 x

Walzer, opus 39 = Waltzes, op. 39 (Brahms, Johannes, 1833-1897, arranger of music, composer.) Music Library; M38 .B72 op.39 2015 x

Klavierquartett a-Moll = Piano quartet in A minor (Mahler, Gustav, 1860-1911, composer.) Music Library; M412 .M22 A min. 2015 x

Streichquartett, opus 3 = String quartet, op. 3 (Berg, Alban, 1885-1935, composer.) Music Library; M452 .B485 op.3 2015 x

Streichquartett F-Dur Opus 96 (Dvořák, Antonín, 1841-1904, composer.) Music Library; M452 .D98 B.179 2015 x

Banjo : an illustrated history (Carlin, Bob, author.) Frost Library; ML1015.B3 C37 2016 xx

The Cambridge companion to percussion Frost Library; ML1030 .C26 2016

Conversations with the world's leading orchestra and opera librarians Frost Library; ML111 .C636 2016

Expanding the horizon of electroacoustic music analysis Frost Library; ML1380 .E96 2016

Musik und Text in der Mehrstimmigkeit des 14. und 15. Jahrhunderts Frost Library; ML170 .M895 1984

Coherence in new music : experience, aesthetics, analysis (Hutchinson, Mark Aled, 1986- author.) Frost Library; ML197 .H97 2016

Opening Carnegie Hall : the creation and first performances of America's premier concert stage (Binkowski, Carol J., author.) Frost Library; ML200.8.N52 B56 2016

Film music in 'minor' national cinemas Frost Library; ML2075 .F454 2016

Music in Vienna 1700, 1800, 1900 (Wyn Jones, David, author.) Frost Library; ML246.8.V5 W96 2016

Classics for the masses : shaping Soviet musical identity under Lenin and Stalin (Fairclough, Pauline, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; ML300 .F35 2016

Divine legacy : Dagars & Dhrupad (Quraishi, Humra, author.) Frost Library; ML338 .Q73 2015

Consort suites and dance music by town musicians in German-speaking Europe, 1648-1700 (Robertson, Michael, 1949-, author.) Frost Library; ML3420.2 .R62 2016

Ballet music ; an introduction. (Searle, Humphrey.) Frost Library; ML3460 .S4 1973

The Cambridge companion to the singer-songwriter Frost Library; ML3470 .C364 2016

Your favorite band is killing me : what pop music rivalries reveal about the meaning of life (Hyden, Steven, 1977-, author.) Frost Library; ML3470 .H93 2016

Mazal tov, amigos! : Jews and popular music in the Americas Frost Library; ML3475 .M39 2016

Words of our mouth, meditations of our heart (Bilby, Kenneth M., 1953-) Frost Library; ML3486.J3 B45 2016

The lost paradise : Andalusi music in urban North Africa (Glasser, Jonathan, author.) Frost Library; ML350 .G63 2016

Shōwa no ryūkō kashu Frost Library; ML3501 .S5 1978

Shōwa ryūkōkashi Frost Library; ML3501 .S52 1979

How to listen to jazz (Gioia, Ted, author.) Frost Library; ML3506 .G55 2016

Jazz worlds, world jazz Frost Library; ML3506 .J49 2016

Murray talks music : Albert Murray on jazz and blues (Murray, Albert, interviewee.) Frost Library; ML3506 .M87 2016

Jazz on my mind : liner notes, anecdotes and conversations from the 1940s to the 2000s (Wong, Herb, author.) Frost Library; ML3506 .W66 2016

Blowin' up : rap dreams in South Central (Lee, Jooyoung, 1980-, author.) Frost Library; ML3531 .L44 2016

The ultimate guide to great reggae (Garnice, Michael, 1959-, author.) Frost Library; ML3532 .G37 2016

All by myself : essays on the single-artist rock album Frost Library; ML3534 .A446 2016

Oy oy oy gevalt! : Jews and punk (Croland, Michael, author.) Frost Library; ML3534 .C76 2016

Global metal music and culture : current directions in metal studies Frost Library; ML3534 .G575 2016

1966 : the year the decade exploded (Savage, Jon.) Frost Library; ML3534 .S275 2015

Music everywhere : the rock and roll roots of a southern town (Jourard, Marty, author.) Frost Library; ML3534.3 .J68 2016

Under the big black sun : a personal history of LA punk Frost Library; ML3534.3 .U53 2016

Heartbeat, warble, and the electric powwow : American Indian music (Harris, Craig, 1953 December 20-, author.) Frost Library; ML3557 .H38 2016

Tropical renditions : making musical scenes in Filipino America (Balance, Christine Bacareza, 1976-, author.) Frost Library; ML3560.P4 B353 2016

Chocolate surrealism : music, movement, memory, and history in the circum-Caribbean (Njoroge, Njoroge, author.) Frost Library; ML3565 .N56 2016

Call to the dance (Wilkinson, Desi.) Frost Library; ML3620.7.B75 W55 2015

Sounding the dance, moving the music : choreomusicology in maritime Southeast Asia Frost Library; ML3740 .S6 2017

Qupai in Chinese music : melodic models in form and practice Frost Library; ML3746 .Q4 2016

The African imagination in music (Agawu, V. Kofi (Victor Kofi) author.) Frost Library; ML3760 .A42 2016

Music in the air : the selected writings of Ralph J. Gleason (Gleason, Ralph J., author.) Frost Library; ML3785.G554 M98 2016

Instrumentalists and Renaissance culture, 1420-1600 : players of function and fantasy (Coelho, Victor, author.) Frost Library; ML3795 .C635 2016

Music and mourning Frost Library; ML3830 .M815 2016

The Oxford handbook of sound and image in Western art Frost Library; ML3849 .O92 2016

The contemporary literature-music relationship (Smith, Hazel, 1950-, author.) Frost Library; ML3849 .S68 2016

Lives of the poets (with guitars) : thirteen outsiders who changed modern music (Robertson, Ray, 1966-, author.) Frost Library; ML385 .R66 2016

Sonic rupture : a practice-led approach to urban soundscape design (Lacey, Jordan, author.) Frost Library; ML3877 .L32 2016

Into the maelstrom : music, improvisation and the dream of freedom : before 1970 (Toop, David, author.) Frost Library; ML3877 .T62 2016

A new English music (Rayborn, Tim, 1968-, author.) Frost Library; ML390 .R206 2016

Composing for the state : music in twentieth-century dictatorships Frost Library; ML3916 .C647 2016

Sounds of the underground (Graham, Stephen (Musicologist) author.) Frost Library; ML3916 .G72 2016

The idea of art music in a commercial world, 1800-1930 Frost Library; ML3916 .I34 2016

Communities of musical practice (Kenny, Ailbhe.) Frost Library; ML3916 .K46 2016

The singer-songwriter in Europe : paradigms, politics and place Frost Library; ML3917.E85 S56 2016

Tonic to the nation : making English music in the Festival of Britain (Lew, Nathaniel Geoffrey, author.) Frost Library; ML3917.G7 L49 2016

Music commodities, markets, and values : music as merchandise (Beaster-Jones, Jayson, author.) Frost Library; ML3917.I4 B37 2016

Digital tradition : arrangement and labor in Istanbul's recording studio culture (Bates, Eliot, author.) Frost Library; ML3917.T9 B38 2016

Virginians will dance or die! : the importance of music in pre-revolutionary Williamsburg (LeHuray, Joshua R., author.) Frost Library; ML3917.U6 L44 2016