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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.
  • 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.

Fire and blood : for violin and orchestra (2003) (Daugherty, Michael, 1954-) Music Library; M1012.D38 F5 2009 x

Move : live in Tokyo Frost Library; M1366.H57 M68

A composer's notes : Philip Glass and the making of an opera Frost Library; M1500.G475 A559

Saint François d'Assise [videorecording] : opera in three acts and eight tableaux Frost Library; M1500.M477 S3

Sweeney Todd : the demon barber of Fleet street Frost Library; M1500.S66 S944

Feuersnot : Singgedicht in one act Frost Library; M1500.S7 F489

Porgy and Bess (Gershwin, George, 1898-1937, composer, lyricist.) Music Library; M1503.G376 P5 2006 x

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

Saint François d'Assise : (Scènes franciscaines) : opéra en 3 actes et 8 tableaux (Messiaen, Olivier, 1908-1992, composer.) Music Library; M1503.M586 S25 2007 x

Attila : dramma lirico in un prologo e tre atti (Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901, composer.) Music Library; M1503.V484 A78 2014

Zarzuela! Music Library; M1507 .Z37 2000 x

Zarzuela! Music Library; M1507 .Z372 2000 x

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

Something rotten! (Kirkpatrick, Wayne, composer, lyricist.) Music Library; M1508.K57 S664 2015 x

Lonely child : pour soprano et orchestre de chambre (Vivier, Claude, 1948-1983.) Music Library; M1613.V58 L6 1994 x

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

The Crystal spring : English folk songs Music Library; M1740 .C96

Complete piano trios : from the Breitkopf & Härtel complete works edition (Brahms, Johannes, 1833-1897.) Music Library; M178.B7 G37 1988

The complete works (Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel, 1714-1788.) Music Library; M3 .B103 2005 x

The quest for the melodic electric bass : from Jamerson to Spenner (Drabløs, Per Elias, author.) Frost Library; ML1015.B35 D73 2015

The Chinese zheng zither : contemporary transformations (Zhuo, Sun, author.) Frost Library; ML1015.C47 Z46 2015

The guitar in Tudor England : a social and musical history (Page, Christopher, 1952-, author.) Frost Library; ML1015.G9 P34 2015

Singing the body electric : the human voice and sound technology (Young, Miriama, 1975-, author.) Frost Library; ML1380 .Y68 2015

Porphyry's commentary on Ptolemy's Harmonics : a Greek text and annotated translation (Porphyry, approximately 234-approximately 305, author.) Frost Library; ML168.P973 P67 2015

The business of opera Frost Library; ML1700 .B98 2015

Opera in a multicultural world : coloniality, culture, performance Frost Library; ML1700 .O669 2016

The Cambridge history of fifteenth-century music Frost Library; ML172 .C33 2015

Manuscripts and medieval song : inscription, performance, context Frost Library; ML172 .M36 2015

Understanding Italian opera (Carter, Tim, 1954-, author.) Frost Library; ML1733 .C37 2015

The 'Ars musica' attributed to Magister Lambertus (Meyer, Christian, 1971-, author.) Frost Library; ML174 .M485 2015

Microgroove : forays into other music (Corbett, John, 1963-) Frost Library; ML197 .C769 2015

From scratch : writings in music theory (Tenney, James, author.) Frost Library; ML197 .T354 2015

Cybersonic arts : adventures in American new music (Mumma, Gordon, 1935-, author.) Frost Library; ML200.5 .M86 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

American Cinderellas on the Broadway musical stage (Cantu, Maya, 1982-, author.) Frost Library; ML2054 .C36 2015

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

The James Bond songs : pop anthems of late capitalism (Daub, Adrian, author.) Frost Library; ML2075 .D36 2015

Magical musical tour : rock and pop in film soundtracks (Donnelly, K. J. (Kevin J.) author.) Frost Library; ML2075 .D663 2015

Sonatas, screams, and silence : music and sound in the films of Ingmar Bergman (Luko, Alexis, 1975- author.) Frost Library; ML2075 .L85 2016

Meaning and interpretation of music in cinema (Neumeyer, David, author.) Frost Library; ML2075 .N48 2015

The Singing Irish : a history of the Notre Dame Glee Club (Anderson, Michael Alan, 1975-, author.) Frost Library; ML28.N66 U554 2015 xx

British musical modernism : the Manchester Group and their contemporaries (Rupprecht, Philip Ernst, author.) Frost Library; ML286.8.M27 R86 2015

Medieval music, legend, and the cult of St. Martin : the local foundations of a universal saint (Maurey, Yossi, author.) Frost Library; ML3027.2 .M38 2014

Performing al-Andalus : music and nostalgia across the Mediterranean (Shannon, Jonathan Holt, author.) Frost Library; ML315.7.A52 S53 2015

Music and the Armenian diaspora : searching for home in exile (Alajaji, Sylvia, 1979-, author.) Frost Library; ML334.9 .A53 2015

Women musicians of Uzbekistan : from courtyard to conservatory (Merchant, Tanya, author.) Frost Library; ML345.U9 M47 2015

The late voice : time, age and experience in popular music (Elliott, Richard, 1971 June 28-, author.) Frost Library; ML3470 .E55 2015

Leaders of the pack (MacLeod, Sean, 1971-, author.) Frost Library; ML3470 .M323 2015

Mortality and music : popular music and the awareness of death (Partridge, Christopher H. (Christopher Hugh), 1961-, author.) Frost Library; ML3470 .P36 2015

Relocating popular music Frost Library; ML3470 .R45 2015

Real men don't sing : crooning in American culture (McCracken, Allison, 1968-, author.) Frost Library; ML3477 .M37 2015

Musics of multicultural America : a study of twelve musical communities Frost Library; ML3477 .M88 1997

Ethnomusicologizing : essays on music in the new paradigms (Banfield, William C., 1961-, author.) Frost Library; ML3479 .B366 2015

From the chanson francaise to the canzone d'autore in the 1960s and 1970s (Haworth, Rachel, author.) Frost Library; ML3489 .H43 2015

I'm a stranger here myself : Musik from the Weimar and beyond Frost Library; ML3490 .I5

Luk thung : the culture and politics of Thailand's most popular music (Mitchell, James Leonard, author.) Frost Library; ML3502.T5 M573 2015

Swingin' on Central Avenue : African American jazz in Los Angeles (Vacher, Peter, 1937-, author.) Frost Library; ML3508.8.L7 V33 2015

Blues unlimited : essential interviews from the original Blues magazine Frost Library; ML3521 .B645 2015

Early blues : the first stars of blues guitar (Obrecht, Jas.) Frost Library; ML3521 .O27 2015

The hip hop & Obama reader Frost Library; ML3531 .H54 2015

Remixing reggaetón : the cultural politics of race in Puerto Rico (Rivera-Rideau, Petra R., 1980-, author.) Frost Library; ML3532.5 .R58 2015

The art of rock : posters from Presley to punk (Grushkin, Paul, author.) Frost Library; ML3534 .G78 2015 x

Easy riders, Rolling Stones : on the road in America, from Delta blues to '70s rock (Scanlan, John, author.) Frost Library; ML3534.3 .S33 2015

World music : a global journey (Miller, Terry E., author.) Frost Library; ML3545 .M54 2015

The other classical musics : fifteen great traditions Frost Library; ML3545 .O85 2015

Three songs, three singers, three nations (Marcus, Greil, author.) Frost Library; ML3551.9 .M37 2015

¡Corrido! : the living ballad of Mexico's western coast (McDowell, John Holmes, 1946-, compiler, transcriber.) Frost Library; ML3570 .M29 2015

The show must go on! : popular song in Britain during the First World War (Mullen, John, 1960-, author.) Frost Library; ML3650.5 .M8513 2015

Musical exodus : Al-Andalus and its Jewish diasporas Frost Library; ML3776 .M865 2015

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

Selling digital music, formatting culture (Morris, Jeremy Wade, 1976-, author.) Frost Library; ML3790 .M618 2015

Contracts, patronage and mediation (Pietilä, Tuulikki, author.) Frost Library; ML3790 .P54 2015

Direct licensing and the music industry (Pitt, Ivan L., author.) Frost Library; ML3790 .P58 2015

Media, materiality and memory : grounding the groove (Roy, Elodie A., author.) Frost Library; ML3790 .R68 2015

The song machine : inside the hit factory (Seabrook, John, author.) Frost Library; ML3790 .S382 2015

Beyond the beat : musicians building community in Nashville (Cornfield, Daniel B., author.) Frost Library; ML3795 .C67 2015

Metaphysics and music in Adorno and Heidegger (Phillips, Wesley, 1976-, author.) Frost Library; ML3800 .P455 2015

Musical extrapolations : creative processes involved while music is being listened to and composed (Schmidt, Sebastian.) Frost Library; ML3830 .S245 2016

The passion for music : a sociology of mediation (Hennion, Antoine.) Frost Library; ML3845 .H5313 2015

Music and the crises of the modern subject (Klein, Michael Leslie, author.) Frost Library; ML3845 .K598 2015

Aesthetic technologies of modernity, subjectivity, and nature (Leppert, Richard D., author.) Frost Library; ML3845 .L44 2015

Essays on literature and music, (1985-2013), by Walter Bernhart (Bernhart, Walter.) Frost Library; ML3849 .B362 2015

Classical Seattle : maestros, impresarios, virtuosi, and other music makers (Bargreen, Melinda, 1947-, author.) Frost Library; ML385 .B297 2016

Philosophy of song and singing : an introduction (Bicknell, Jeanette, author.) Frost Library; ML3872 .B53 2015

Death and the rock star Frost Library; ML3916 .D43 2015

Noise uprising : the audiopolitics of a world musical revolution (Denning, Michael, author.) Frost Library; ML3916 .D48 2015

Popular music industries and the state : policy notes (Homan, Shane, author.) Frost Library; ML3916 .H67 2015

Modernity's ear : listening to race and gender in world music (Kheshti, Roshanak, author.) Frost Library; ML3916 .K54 2015

The Oxford handbook of music and disability studies Frost Library; ML3916 .O96 2016

War, exile and the music of Afghanistan : the ethnographer's tale (Baily, John, 1943-, author.) Frost Library; ML3917.A34 B35 2015

Performing nostalgia : migration culture and creativity in South Albania (Pistrick, Eckehard, author.) Frost Library; ML3917.A6 P57 2015

Small musical worlds in the Mediterranean (Pieridou Skoutella, Avra.) Frost Library; ML3917.C93 P54 2015

Listening to war : sound, music, trauma, and survival in wartime Iraq (Daughtry, J. Martin, author.) Frost Library; ML3917.I72 D38 2015

Mongolian film music : tradition, revolution and propaganda (Rees, Lucy M., author.) Frost Library; ML3917.M66 R44 2015

Transnational punk communities in Poland : from nihilism to nothing outside punk (Marciniak, Marta, 1981-, author.) Frost Library; ML3917.P58 M37 2015

Virtuosi abroad : Soviet music and imperial competition during the early Cold War, 1945-1958 (Tomoff, Kiril, author.) Frost Library; ML3917.R8 T66 2015

We gotta get out of this place : the soundtrack of the Vietnam War (Bradley, Doug, 1947-) Frost Library; ML3918.P67 B73 2015

UK hip-hop, grime and the city : the aesthetics and ethics of London's rap scenes (Bramwell, Richard, 1977-) Frost Library; ML3918.R37 B73 2015

Therapeutic songwriting : developments in theory, methods and practice (Baker, Felicity, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; ML3920 .B1519 2015

Musical witness and Holocaust representation (Wlodarski, Amy Lynn, author.) Frost Library; ML3921.6.J83 W56 2015