Music Research Guide

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Try these databases first to find journal articles in this discipline.
  • Music Periodicals 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 Periodicals 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.

For more databases, use the subject filter on A-Z Databases

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 (DRAM)
    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 Music
    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.

Wozzeck : opera in three acts Frost Library; M1500.B45 W68

Poliuto Frost Library; M1500.D6 P65

Alcina Frost Library; M1500.H3 A63

Don Giovanni : an opera in 2 acts Frost Library; M1500.M6 D691

Kiss me, Kate : a musical play (Porter, Cole, 1891-1964, composer, lyricist.) Music Library; M1500.P66 K5 2014 x

La rondine : opera in three acts Frost Library; M1500.P97 R66

Dido and Aeneas (Purcell, Henry, 1659-1695.) Frost Library; M1500.P98 D53

Un ballo in maschera : melodramma in three acts Frost Library; M1500.V4 B3491

La traviata Frost Library; M1500.V4 T7199

Tristan und Isolde : a drama in three acts from the Bayreuth Festival Theatre Frost Library; M1500.W13 T89

Kiss me, Kate : a musical play (Porter, Cole, 1891-1964, composer.) Music Library; M1503.P846 K5 2014 x

Beautiful : the Carole King musical (King, Carole, 1942-, composer, lyricist.) Music Library; M1508.K56 B43 2014 x

Moana : music from the motion picture soundtrack Music Library; M1508.M57 M63 2016 x

Gurre-Lieder : for five soloists, narrator, choir and orchestra Frost Library; M1530.S365 G89

Songs with piano (Clarke, Rebecca, 1886-1979.) Music Library; M1620.C632 S6 2002

Canzonettas and songs : for voice with piano accompaniment (Haydn, Joseph, 1732-1809.) Music Library; M1620.H373 L3

Canciones para canto y piano (Rodrigo, Joaquín, composer.) Music Library; M1620.R616 C3 2013 x

Two songs for voice and piano (Clarke, Rebecca, 1886-1979.) Music Library; M1621.C61 S5 2004 x

Songs with violin (Clarke, Rebecca, 1886-1979.) Music Library; M1624.8.C57 I7 2001 x

Pinery boys : songs and songcatching in the lumberjack era Music Library; M1628 .P64 2017

The big book of soul. Music Library; M1630.18 .B544 2002 x

The great American songbook Music Library; M1630.18 .G723 2014 x

Ray : music from the motion picture soundtrack Music Library; M1630.18.C53 R393 2005

The Rupert Holmes songbook (Holmes, Rupert, composer.) Music Library; M1630.18.H65 R86 2017 x

Nobody but me : vocal Music Library; M1679.18.B83 N63 2017 x

Collected works (Porter, Walter, -1659, composer.) Music Library; M2 .R238 v.194 x

Clarinet concerto in C minor, op. 36 (Riotte, Philipp Jakob, 1776-1856, composer.) Music Library; M2 .R2381 v.104 x

Premier livre de pièces de clavecin (1759) (La Font, Pierre Nicolas, approximately 1725-approximately 1791, composer.) Music Library; M2 .R2381 v.105 x

Keyboard concerto in B-flat major, op. 2 (Junker, Carl Ludwig, 1748-1797, composer.) Music Library; M2 .R2381 v.107 x

Recueil de morceaux d'orgue Music Library; M2 .R23834 v.71 x

Il lamento di Olimpia et canzone : Venice, 1567 : three works for Isabella de' Medici (Rossetti, Stefano, active 1560-1583, composer.) Music Library; M2 .R2384 v.165

Selected orchestral arrangements Music Library; M2.3.U6 R4 v.79 x

The dream of Gerontius Frost Library; M2000.E4 D73

Gaudete : traditional, [mixed voices], SATTBB, a cappella Music Library; M2072.G38 K39 1986

The United Methodist hymnal Music Library; M2127 .U55 1989

Neues musikalisches Seelenparadies Neuen Testaments (1662) (Rist, Johann, 1607-1667, author.) Music Library; M2138.R62 N46 2017

Das Wohltemperierte Klavier. Teil I = The well-tempered clavier. Part I, [BWV 846-869] (Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750.) Music Library; M22.B11 W693 2007 x

The complete piano etudes (Glass, Philip, composer, writer of added commentary.) Music Library; M22.G53 E77 2014 x

Skladby inspirovane jazzem (Schulhoff, Ervín, 1894-1942, composer.) Music Library; M22.S385 .S56 2014 x

Sonáty č. 1-3 pro klavír = Sonatas nos. 1-3 for piano = Sonaten Nr. 1-3 für Klavier (Schulhoff, Ervín, 1894-1942, composer.) Music Library; M23.S386 S6 2014 x

Le tambour français : histoire et évolution (Froidure, Jean-Michel, 1953- author.) Frost Library; ML1035 .F76 2016

Marching to the drums : a history of military drums and drummers (Norris, John, 1954 April 10-) Frost Library; ML1035 .N67 2012

Dust of the Zulu : Ngoma aesthetics after Apartheid (Meintjes, Louise, 1960-, author.) Frost Library; ML1035.N46 M456 2017

The romantic overture and musical form from Rossini to Wagner (Vande Moortele, Steven.) Frost Library; ML1261 .V36 2017

A history of western music (Burkholder, J. Peter (James Peter) author.) Frost Library; ML160 .G872 2014

The opera orchestra in 18th- and 19th- century Europe Frost Library; ML1704 .O636 2008

Musical debate and political culture in France, 1700-1830 (Arnold, R. J. (Robert James), 1971-, author.) Frost Library; ML1727.33 .A76 2017

The women of quyi : liminal voices and androgynous bodies (Lawson, Francesca R. Sborgi, author.) Frost Library; ML1751.C58 T53 2017

Musical Maryland : a history of song and performance from the colonial period to the age of radio (Hildebrand, David, author.) Frost Library; ML200.7.M25 H55 2017

Music in Disney's animated features : Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Jungle Book (Bohn, James Matthew, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; ML2075 .B64 2017

Contemporary film music : investigating cinema narratives and composition Frost Library; ML2075 .C67 2017

The music and sound of experimental film Frost Library; ML2075 .M87555 2017

From 1989, or European music and the modernist unconscious (Brodsky, Seth, 1975-, author.) Frost Library; ML240.5 .B76 2017

Steelpan ambassadors : the US Navy Steel Band, 1957-1999 (Martin, Andrew R., author.) Frost Library; ML27.U47 U574 2017

Miracles & murders : an introductory anthology of Breton ballads (Constantine, Mary-Ann, author.) Frost Library; ML270.7.B8 C66 2017

English pastoral music : from Arcadia to Utopia, 1900-1955 (Saylor, Eric, author.) Frost Library; ML286.5 .S19 2017

Exploring Christian song Frost Library; ML3000 .E96 2017

The polyphonic mass in France, 1600-1780 : the evidence of the printed choirbooks (Montagnier, Jean-Paul.) Frost Library; ML3088 .M65 2017

Musicscapes : the multiple emotions of Indian music (Singh, Shobha Deepak, photographer.) Frost Library; ML338 .S56 2016 x

The music of Malaysia : the classical, folk and syncretic traditions (Matusky, Patricia Ann, author.) Frost Library; ML345.M28 M8913 2017

Melancholic modalities : affect, Islam, and Turkish classical musicians (Gill, Denise, author.) Frost Library; ML345.T8 G55 2017

Breaking down the walls of heartache : how music came out (Aston, Martin, author.) Frost Library; ML3470 .A88 2017

The Routledge research companion to popular music and gender Frost Library; ML3470 .R75 2017

Stars of 21st century dance pop and EDM : 33 DJs, producers and singers discuss their careers Frost Library; ML3470 .S753 2017

Talking guitar : conversations with musicians who shaped twentieth-century American music (Obrecht, Jas, compiler, interviewer.) Frost Library; ML3477 .T35 2017

Live from Aggieland : legendary performances in the Brazos Valley (Clark, Rob, 1973-, author.) Frost Library; ML3477.7.T35 C53 2017

The Broken Spoke : Austin's legendary honky-tonk (Miller, Donna Marie, 1956-, author.) Frost Library; ML3477.8.A97 M55 2017

Europe's stars of '80s dance pop : 32 international music legends discuss their careers Frost Library; ML3488 .E9 2017

The Oxford handbook of popular music in the Nordic countries Frost Library; ML3488 .O94 2017

Hong Kong cantopop : a concise history (Zhu, Yaowei, 1965-, author.) Frost Library; ML3502.C58 H669 2017

Beyond the crossroads : the devil & the blues tradition (Gussow, Adam, author.) Frost Library; ML3521 .G94 2017

The Oxford handbook of country music Frost Library; ML3524 .O98 2017

The mark of criminality : rhetoric, race, and gangsta rap in the war-on-crime era (McCann, Bryan J., author.) Frost Library; ML3531 .M3 2017

Hip hop versus rap : the politics of droppin' knowledge (Turner, Patrick, (Sociologist) author.) Frost Library; ML3531 .T87 2017

On becoming a rock musician (Bennett, H. Stith, 1946-, author.) Frost Library; ML3534 .B46 2017

Psychedelic popular music : a history through musical topic theory (Echard, William, 1968-, author.) Frost Library; ML3534 .E25 2017

Complicated fun : the birth of Minneapolis punk and indie rock, 1974-1984 : an oral history Frost Library; ML3534.3 .C66 2017

England's hidden reverse (Keenan, David, 1971-, author.) Frost Library; ML3534.6.G7 K42 2016

Roots, radicals and rockers : how skiffle changed the world (Bragg, Billy, author.) Frost Library; ML3536 .B73 2017

The transformation of black music : the rhythms, the songs, and the ships of the African diaspora (Floyd, Samuel A., Jr., 1937-2016, author.) Frost Library; ML3545 .F598 2017

Fiddler's dream : old-time, swing, and bluegrass fiddling in twentieth-century Missouri (Marshall, Howard W., author.) Frost Library; ML3551.7.M68 M37 2017

African American music : an introduction Frost Library; ML3556 .A34 2015

The music of black Americans : a history (Southern, Eileen.) Frost Library; ML3556 .S74 1997

Mixing music Frost Library; ML3790 .H492 2017

American epic : when music gave America her voice (MacMahon, Bernard, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; ML3790 .M15 2017

The economics of music (Tschmuck, Peter, author.) Frost Library; ML3790 .T73 2017

Current directions in ecomusicology : music, culture, nature Frost Library; ML3799.3 .C87 2016

Metaphysical graffiti : deep cuts in the philosophy of rock (Auxier, Randall E., 1961-, author.) Frost Library; ML3800 .A89 2017

Treatise on musical objects : essays across disciplines (Schaeffer, Pierre, 1910-1995, author.) Frost Library; ML3800.S252 T713 2017

Acoustics and psychoacoustics (Howard, David M. (David Martin), 1956-, author.) Frost Library; ML3805 .H77 2017

Rythme et geste (Paczynski, Stanislas Georges.) Frost Library; ML3813 .P24 1988

The Routledge companion to embodied music interaction Frost Library; ML3830 .R78 2017

Music at hand : instruments, bodies, and cognition (De Souza, Jonathan, 1982-, author.) Frost Library; ML3838 .D32 2017

Beethoven's skull (Rayborn, Tim, 1968-, author.) Frost Library; ML385 .R186 2017

A musicology for landscape (Buck, David N., author.) Frost Library; ML3877 .B83 2017

Varieties of musical irony : from Mozart to Mahler (Cherlin, Michael.) Frost Library; ML3877 .C56 2017

Plague and music in the Renaissance (Chiu, Remi, author.) Frost Library; ML3916 .C555 2017

The necessity of music : variations on a German theme (Applegate, Celia, author.) Frost Library; ML3917.G3 A648 2017

Beyond Bach : music and everyday life in the eighteenth century (Talle, Andrew, author.) Frost Library; ML3917.G3 T35 2017

Rock in a hard place : music and mayhem in the Middle East (Crowcroft, Orlando, author.) Frost Library; ML3917.M628 C76 2017