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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.
  • Musical America.com
    Covers performing arts industry news.
  • 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 8,000 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.
  • 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.

Aladdin : Broadway's new musical comedy ; [piano (Menken, Alan, composer.) Music Library; M1508.M43 A42 2014 x

Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown : a new musical (Yazbek, David, 1960-) Music Library; M1508.Y39 W664 2012 x

Le pas d'acier 1925 [videorecording] Frost Library; M1520.P7 S73

Guitar makers : the endurance of artisanal values in North America (Dudley, Kathryn Marie, author.) Frost Library; ML1015.G9 D93 2014

A conductor's guide to choral-orchestral works, classical period (Green, Jonathan D., 1964-) Frost Library; ML128.C48 G703 2002

In Character : Opera Portraiture (Martin, John F., author.) Frost Library; ML1700 .M378 2014 x

Popular musical theatre in London and Berlin, 1890-1939 Frost Library; ML1731.8.L7 P67 2014

Not Russian enough? : nationalism and cosmopolitanism in nineteenth-century Russian opera (Helmers, Rutger, 1980- author.) Frost Library; ML1737.4 .H45 2014

Beating time & measuring music in the early modern era (Grant, Roger Mathew, author.) Frost Library; ML174 .G73 2014

Hawaiian music in motion : mariners, missionaries, and minstrels (Carr, J. Revell (James Revell), 1939-, author.) Frost Library; ML200.7.H4 C37 2014

Studying musical theatre : theory and practice (Taylor, Millie, author.) Frost Library; ML2054 .T393 2014

Anxiety muted : American film music in a suburban age Frost Library; ML2075 .A595 2015

Epic sound : music in postwar Hollywood biblical films (Meyer, Stephen C., 1963-, author.) Frost Library; ML2075 .M48 2015

El Sistema : orchestrating Venezuela's youth (Baker, Geoffrey, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; ML26 .F864 2014

The advancement of music in enlightenment England (Eggington, Tim.) Frost Library; ML286.3 .E44 2014

Senza vestimenta : the literary tradition of trecento song (Jennings, Lauren McGuire.) Frost Library; ML290.2 .J46 2014

The lure and legacy of music at Versailles : Louis XIV and the Aix school (Heyer, John Hajdu, author.) Frost Library; ML2927.8.A39 H39 2014

Holy treasure and sacred song : relic cults and their liturgies in medieval Tuscany (Brand, Benjamin David, 1977-, author.) Frost Library; ML3033.7.T87 B73 2014

Sacred and secular musics : a postcolonial approach (Kalra, Virinder S.) Frost Library; ML3197 .K33 2014

Jewish contiguities and the soundtrack of Israeli history (Shelleg, Assaf, author.) Frost Library; ML345.I8 S54 2014

Popular music matters : essays in honour of Simon Frith Frost Library; ML3470 .P6824 2014

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! : the story of pop music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé (Stanley, Bob, 1964-, author.) Frost Library; ML3470 .S73 2014

From soul to hip hop Frost Library; ML3479 .F765 2014

Between nostalgia and apocalypse : popular music and the staging of Brazil (Sharp, Daniel B.) Frost Library; ML3487.B77 P47 2014

Swingtime in Deutschland (Wuthe, Stephan, 1966-) Frost Library; ML3490 .W88 2012

K-pop : popular music, cultural amnesia, and economic innovation in South Korea (Lie, John, author.) Frost Library; ML3502.K6 L54 2015

Cairo pop : youth music in contemporary Egypt (Gilman, Daniel J., 1978- author.) Frost Library; ML3503.E3 G55 2014

Staging the blues : from tent shows to tourism (McGinley, Paige A.) Frost Library; ML3521 .M33 2014

British invasion : the crosscurrents of musical influence (Philo, Simon, 1966- author.) Frost Library; ML3534.3 .P55 2015

We wanna boogie : the rockabilly roots of Sonny Burgess and the Pacers (Schwartz, Marvin, 1948-) Frost Library; ML3535 .S39 2014

Cuban women and salsa : to the beat of their own drum (Poey, Delia, author.) Frost Library; ML3535.5 .P64 2014

Der Klang der Familie : Berlin, techno and the fall of the wall (Denk, Felix, 1975- interviewer.) Frost Library; ML3540 .D3613 2014

Jazz cosmopolitanism in Accra, Ghana [videorecording] Frost Library; ML355.G4 J399

Los bailes y el teatro de los negros en el folklore de Cuba (Ortiz, Fernando, 1881-1969.) Frost Library; ML3565 .O693 1981

Sámi musical performance and the politics of indigeneity in Northern Europe (Hilder, Thomas R., 1982- author.) Frost Library; ML3730.L36 H55 2015

Greeted with smiles : Bukharian Jewish music and musicians in New York (Rapport, Evan, author.) Frost Library; ML3776 .R26 2014

iTake-over : the recording industry in the digital era (Arditi, David, 1982- author.) Frost Library; ML3790 .A76 2015

Beyond 2.0 : the future of music (Collins, Steve (Stephen David), author.) Frost Library; ML3790 .C665 2014

Analyzing music in advertising : television commercials and consumer choice (Graakjær, Nicolai, author.) Frost Library; ML3790 .G676 2015

Uncompromising expression : Blue note, the finest in jazz since 1939 (Havers, Richard, author.) Frost Library; ML3792.B58 H38 2014

Decomposition : a music manifesto (Durkin, Andrew.) Frost Library; ML3800 .D93 2014

Musical revolutions in German culture : musicking against the grain, 1800-1980 (Hall, Mirko M., author.) Frost Library; ML3845 .H23 2014

Looking and listening : conversations between modern art and music (Leach, Brenda Lynne, author.) Frost Library; ML3849 .L42 2015

The amplification of souls (Aubry, Gilles, composer, recordist.) Frost Library; ML3877 .A83 2014

Music and coexistence : a journey across the world in search of musicians making a difference (Hanna, Osseily, 1978- author.) Frost Library; ML3916 .H37 2015

Youth and rock in the Soviet bloc Frost Library; ML3917.E852 Y68 2015

When music migrates : crossing British and European racial faultlines, 1945-2010 (Stratton, Jon, author.) Frost Library; ML3917.G7 S77 2014

Soundscapes from the Americas Frost Library; ML3917.L27 S68 2014

Fandom, image and authenticity : Joy Devotion and the Second Lives of Kurt Cobain and Ian Curtis (Otter Bickerdike, Jennifer.) Frost Library; ML3918.R63 B53 2014

Rancid aphrodisiac : subjectivity, desire, and rock 'n' roll (Vallee, Mickey, 1976-, author.) Frost Library; ML3918.R63 V37 2015

Songs of the factory : pop music, culture, and resistance (Korczynski, Marek, author.) Frost Library; ML3922 .K67 2014

Oboe unbound : contemporary techniques (Van Cleve, Libby, author.) Music Library; MT360 .V35 2014

Conducting for a new era (Roxburgh, Edwin, author.) Music Library; MT85 .R69 2014

Novoe sobranie sochineniĭ (Shostakovich, Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich, 1906-1975.) Music Library; $hM3 .S537 2000