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Music Research Guide

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  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Digitized Scores
  • Media
  • Web
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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
    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.
  • 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.

A Gershwin night [videorecording] Frost Library; M1000.G47 G47

Symphonie Nr. 1 in vier Sätzen für grosses Orchester : Fassung 1909 (Mahler, Gustav, 1860-1911.) Music Library; M1001 .M21 no.1 2009

Symphonie Nr. 2 in fünf Sätzen fur grosses Orchester, gemischten Chor, sopran- und Alt-Solo (Mahler, Gustav, 1860-1911.) Music Library; M1001 .M21 no.2 2010

Symphony no. 5 (Mahler, Gustav, 1860-1911.) Music Library; M1001 .M21 no.5 2010

Symphonie Nr. 8 in zwei Sätzen für grosses Orchester, acht Solisten, zwei gemischte Chöre und Kna (Mahler, Gustav, 1860-1911.) Music Library; M1001 .M21 no.8 2010

1. [i.e. Erstes] Konzert für Klavier und Orchester. (Bartók, Béla, 1881-1945.) Music Library; M1010 .B33 no.1 1963

In-Schrift : Orchesterkomposition (1995) (Rihm, Wolfgang, composer.) Music Library; M1045.R54 I57 2013

Up-close [videorecording] Frost Library; M1116.A111 U6

Choral scores Music Library; M1495 .A5425 2015

Hippolyte et Aricie : a tragedy in five acts with a prologue Frost Library; M1500.R35 H561

Hélène : (1904) poème lyrique in einem Akt (Saint-Saëns, Camille, 1835-1921, composer, librettist.) Music Library; M1500.S155 H45 2014 x

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

" ... then the rocks on the mountain begin to shout" _ Charles Ives (Foss, Lukas, 1922-2009, composer.) Music Library; M1529.5.F68 T5 2014 x

Four Walt Whitman songs : for voice and piano ; versions for high and low voice (Weill, Kurt, 1900-1950, composer.) Music Library; M1621.W44 W3 2013 x

We got to organize Frost Library; M1977.P75 W45 2015

Completions of Mozart aria fragments (Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791, composer.) Music Library; M2 .R2381 v.88P x

Two operas from the series Die zween Anton. Part 1, Der dumme Gärtner aus dem Gebürge, oder, Die z (Schack, Benedikt, 1758-1826, composer.) Music Library; M2 .R2381 v.96 x

Messe des morts à 4 voix et orchestre : requiem (Charpentier, Marc-Antoine, 1643-1704, composer.) Music Library; M2010.C52 M42 2014 x

Russian sacred music for choirs Music Library; M2158 .R88 2013

The Passover anthology : [music for the Seder] Music Library; M2187 .P377 2013 x

Piano music of Amy Beach (Beach, H. H. A., Mrs., 1867-1944, composer.) Music Library; M22.B42 S6 2013 x

Scherzo-Tarantella (Wieniawski, Henri, 1835-1880, composer.) Music Library; M221.W64 S34 2013 x

Albumstücke für Violine und Klavier = Album pieces for violin and piano (Kabalevsky, Dmitry Borisovich, 1904-1987, composer.) Music Library; M222.K32 A43 2013 x

A gentle notion (Higdon, Jennifer, 1962-, composer.) Music Library; M250.H54 G4 2013 x

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

Sämtliche Werke; kritische Gesamtausg. Hrsg. von der Internationalen Gustav Mahler Gesellschaft, Wi (Mahler, Gustav, 1860-1911.) Music Library; M3 .M157

Temporal interrelations : for flute, oboe, violin and violoncello, 1965 (Mamlok, Ursula, composer.) Music Library; M462.M344 T45 2011 x

Ireland's harp : the shaping of Irish identity, c. 1770-1880 (O'Donnell, Mary Louise, author.) Frost Library; ML1015.C3 O36 2014

The timpani : a history in pictures and documents (Bowles, Edmund A. (Edmund Addison), 1925-) Frost Library; ML1036 .B36 2002

The timpani supplement : more pictures and documents (Bowles, Edmund A. (Edmund Addison), 1925-) Frost Library; ML1036 .B36 2002 Suppl.1

The German symphony between Beethoven and Brahms : the fall and rise of a genre (Fifield, Christopher.) Frost Library; ML1255 .G44 2015

The castrato : reflections on natures and kinds (Feldman, Martha, author.) Frost Library; ML1460 .F45 2015

A million years of music : the emergence of human modernity (Tomlinson, Gary, author.) Frost Library; ML160 .T635 2015

Music in Roman comedy (Moore, Timothy J., 1959-) Frost Library; ML169 .M84 2012

The great parade : Broadway's astonishing, never-to-be-forgotten 1963-1964 season (Filichia, Peter, author.) Frost Library; ML1711.8.N3 F56 2015

Opera and modern spectatorship in late nineteenth-century Italy (Campana, Alessandra, author.) Frost Library; ML1733.4 .C36 2015

Urban politics and cultural capital : the case of Chinese opera (Ma, Haili, author.) Frost Library; ML1751.C58 S535 2015

Ohne Worte : vocality and instrumentality in 19th-century music Frost Library; ML196.T67 O36 2014

Eine Triumphpforte österreichischer Kunst (Wolf, Norbert Christian, author.) Frost Library; ML246.8.S2 W65 2014

The Cambridge companion to French music Frost Library; ML270 .C36 2015

French music and jazz in conversation : from Debussy to Brubeck (Mawer, Deborah, 1961-, author.) Frost Library; ML270.5 .M39 2014

Foretastes of heaven in Lutheran church music tradition Frost Library; ML3168 .F67 2015

A city called heaven : Chicago and the birth of gospel music (Marovich, Robert M., author.) Frost Library; ML3187 .M36 2015

Iranian classical music : the discourses and practice of creativity (Nooshin, Laudan, author.) Frost Library; ML344 .N66 2015

1965 : the most revolutionary year in music (Jackson, Andrew Grant, 1969-, author.) Frost Library; ML3470 .J327 2015

The SAGE handbook of popular music Frost Library; ML3470 .S27 2015

Reinventing Dixie : Tin Pan Alley's songs and the creation of the mythic South (Jones, John Bush.) Frost Library; ML3477 .J667 2015

Soul, country, and the USA : race and identity in American music culture (Shonekan, Stephanie, author.) Frost Library; ML3477 .S49 2015

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

Wayfaring strangers : the musical voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia (Ritchie, Fiona, 1960-, author.) Frost Library; ML3551.7.A57 R57 2014

Hopi katsina songs (Sekaquaptewa, Emory, author.) Frost Library; ML3557 .S35 2015

Music in the marketplace : a social economics approach (Cameron, Samuel.) Frost Library; ML3790 .C26 2015

Critical music historiography : probing canons, ideologies and institutions Frost Library; ML3797 .C75 2015

Pieces of the musical world : sounds and culture Frost Library; ML3798 .P54 2015

Queerness in heavy metal music : metal bent (Clifford-Napoleone, Amber R., 1974-, author.) Frost Library; ML3838 .C55 2015

Being musically attuned : the act of listening to music (Wallrup, Erik, 1966-, author.) Frost Library; ML3845 .W233 2015

Composition in the digital world : conversations with 21st century American composers (Raines, Robert, 1954-, author.) Frost Library; ML390 .R138 2015

The Routledge reader on the sociology of music Frost Library; ML3916 .R676 2015

Pulse of the people : political rap music and black politics (Bonnette, Lakeyta M. (Lakeyta Monique), 1981-, author.) Frost Library; ML3918.R37 B66 2015

The positive pianist : how flow can bring passion to practice and performance (Parente, Thomas J., author.) Music Library; MT220 .P24 2015

The Broadway song : a singer's guide (Clark, Mark Ross, 1951-, author.) Frost Library; MT956 .C63 2015

Sämtliche Werke (Bruckner, Anton, 1824-1896.) Music Library; $hM3 .B8844

New Josquin edition (Josquin, des Prez, -1521.) Music Library; $hM3 .J68 1987

Opera omnia (Monteverdi, Claudio, 1567-1643.) Music Library; $hM3 .M775

Neue Ausgabe sämtlicher Werke (Schumann, Robert, 1810-1856.) Music Library; $hM3 .S3927 1991

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

Leipziger Ausgabe der Werke Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdys (Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847.) Music Library; $hM3.1.M54 I6