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.
  • Oxford Bibliographies Online-Music
    Scholarly bibliographies that provide authoritative guides to nearly 200 topics in music, written and reviewed by academic experts, with original commentary and annotations.
  • 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).
  • Music & Performing Arts
    Cross-searches audio, video, scores, and full-text reference content from all Alexander Street Press music databases.
  • Classical Music Library
    Classical music recordings (14,000+ albums) including vocal, choral, chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental music and opera.
  • Popular Music Library
    Includes hundreds of thousands of tracks from major genres in world pop music, including alternative, country, Christian, electronic, hip-hop, metal, punk, new age, R&B, reggae, rock, soundtracks and many more.
  • Jazz Music Library
    Streaming jazz recordings. Includes nearly 11,000 titles.
  • 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.
    Collection of live broadcasts, archived concerts, artist portraits, documentaries and education programs for classical music, operas, and ballets.
  • 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.

Clarinet concerto : Klarinett og hljómsveit = clarinet & orchestra (Áskell Másson, 1953-, composer.) Music Library; M1024 .A85 1980 x

Concerto for clarinet and orchestra (Corigliano, John, 1938-) Music Library; M1024 .C67 2015 x

Concertino : für Klarinette und Kammerorchester B-Dur (Donizetti, Gaetano, 1797-1848.) Music Library; M1024.D65 C55 1979 x

Konzert (Quintett) Es-Dur für Klarinette und Orchester = E flat major for clarinet and orchestra, o (Baermann, Heinrich, 1784-1847.) Music Library; M1025 .B23 op. 23 1986 x

Concerto for clarinet and orchestra in E flat major, op. 1 no. 1 = Konzert für Klarinette und Orche (Crusell, Bernhard Henrik, 1775-1838.) Music Library; M1025 .C78 op. 1 2000 x

Klarinettenkonzert Es-Dur, Opus 1 = Clarinet concerto in E♭ major, op. 1 (Crusell, Bernhard Henrik, 1775-1838, composer.) Music Library; M1025 .C78 op.1 2016 x

Introduktion und Variationen über ein schwedisches Lied (Crusell, Bernhard Henrik, 1775-1838.) Music Library; M1025 .C78 op.12 x

Konzert B-Dur für Klarinette und Orchester = Concert B flat major for clarinet and orchestra (Goepfert, Karl Andreas, 1768-1818.) Music Library; M1025 .G56 op.1 1993 x

Konzert : Nr. 2, für Klarinette und Orchester, f-moll (Hummel, J. F. (Joseph Friedrich), 1841-1919.) Music Library; M1025 .H85 no.2 x

Concerto : in si bemolle maggiore per clarinetto e orchestra da camera (Mercadante, Saverio, 1795-1870.) Music Library; M1025 .M5 op.101 x

Konzert für Klarinette und Orchester, g-Moll, Opus 29 (Rietz, Julius, 1812-1877.) Music Library; M1025 .R54 op.21 2008 x

Concertino Opus 26 für Klarinette und Orchester = Concertino, op. 26, for clarinet and orchestra (Weber, Carl Maria von, 1786-1826, composer.) Music Library; M1025 .W37 op.26 2001 x

Clarinet concerto : op. 40 (Whettam, Graham, 1927-) Music Library; M1025 .W5 op. 40 1966 x

Konzert B-dur für Klarinette und Orchester (Dimmler, Franz Anton, 1753-1827.) Music Library; M1025.D5 C6 1973 x

Clarinet concerto : (1994) (Gregson, Edward.) Music Library; M1025.G74 C53 2005 x

Konzert Nr. 1, für Klarinette und Orchester, Es-dur (Hummel, J. F. (Joseph Friedrich), 1841-1919.) Music Library; M1025.H9 no.1 H4 1975 x

Concerto en si bémol majeur : pour clarinette et piano (Mercadante, Saverio, 1795-1870.) Music Library; M1025.M46 C5 1984 x

Concerto en mi♭ majeur pour clarinette en si♭ et orchestre (Mercadante, Saverio, 1795-1870.) Music Library; M1025.M46 C55 1987 x

Concerto in mi bem. maggiore per clarinetto ed orchestra (Mercadante, Saverio, 1795-1870.) Music Library; M1025.M5 C66 1988 x

Concerto for clarinet and orchestra (Milhaud, Darius, 1892-1974.) Music Library; M1025.M55 C6 x

Clarinet concerto : op. 80, for piano and clarinet (Stanford, Charles Villiers, 1852-1924.) Music Library; M1025.S793 Op.80 1977 x

Concertante for clarinet, english horn (viola) and orchestra in B flat major (Fiala, Joseph, 1748-1816.) Music Library; M1040.F53 C66 1984 x

Concerto per oboe, clarinetto e orchestra (Pässler, Carlo, 1774-1865.) Music Library; M1040.P25 C66 2002 x

Concerto con variazioni per clarinetto e archi (1818) (Pässler, Carlo, 1774-1865.) Music Library; M1124.P37 C65 2000

Divertimento per clarinetto e archi (Pässler, Carlo, 1774-1865.) Music Library; M1124.P37 D5 2008 x

Concerto for clarinet and string orchestra : reduction for clarinet and piano (Finzi, Gerald, 1901-1956, composer.) Music Library; M1125.F55 C66 1951 x

Eric Whitacre collection (Whitacre, Eric, 1970-, composer.) Music Library; M1579.W48 C54 2010

The folksong fake book Music Library; M1627 .F6658 2000 x

The real book. Music Library; M1630.18 .R42 2004

The real book. Volume II. Music Library; M1630.18 .R4272 2005

The real book. Volume III. Music Library; M1630.18 .R4273 2006

The real book. Volume IV, C instruments. Music Library; M1630.18 .R4274 2010

The real book. Volume V, C instruments. Music Library; M1630.18 .R4275 2013

Concerti, opus 7 : chamber works for four to six voices and instruments (Marini, Biagio, 1597?-1665, composer.) Music Library; M2 .R238 v.196 x

Sacred vocal music (Barsanti, Francesco, approximately 1690-1775, composer.) Music Library; M2 .R238 v.200 x

Sonate für Klavier und Violine A-Dur = Sonata for piano and violin in A major (Franck, César, 1822-1890, composer.) Music Library; M219 .F82 A maj. 2016 x

Sonate Nr. 2 F-Dur Opus 123 für Violoncello und Klavier = Sonata no. 2 in F major op. 123 for violo (Saint-Saëns, Camille, 1835-1921, composer.) Music Library; M231 .S15 op. 123 2016 x

Italienisches Konzert = Italian concerto (Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750.) Music Library; M24.B114 I8 1990 x

Adagio für Klarinette und Streicher, Des-dur = Adagio for clarinet and strings in D flat major (Baermann, Heinrich, 1784-1847, composer.) Music Library; M252.B147 op.23 x

Klaviertrio g-Moll Opus 3 = Piano trio in G minor op. 3 (Chausson, Ernest, 1855-1899, composer.) Music Library; M312 .C49 op.3 2016 x

Testament : für Streichquartett = for string quartet (2004) (Mansuryan, Tigran, 1939-, composer.) Music Library; M452.M34 T48 2014 x

(Not forgotten) : string quartet (Reynolds, Roger, 1934-, composer.) Music Library; M452.R49 N68 2010 xx

The big note : a guide to the recorded works of Frank Zappa (Ulrich, Charles, 1957-, author.) Frost Library; ML156.5.Z37 U47 2018

Black opera : history, power, engagement (André, Naomi Adele, author.) Frost Library; ML1700 .A53 2018

Curtain, gong, steam : Wagnerian technologies of nineteenth-century opera (Kreuzer, Gundula Katharina, 1975-, author.) Frost Library; ML1700 .K74 2018

What opera means : categories and case-studies (Wintle, Christopher, author.) Frost Library; ML1700 .W56 2018

Popular music, digital technology and society (Prior, Nick.) Frost Library; ML197.2 .P75 2018

The melodramatic moment : music and theatrical culture, 1790-1820 Frost Library; ML2050 .M43 2018

Hollywood harmony : musical wonder and the sound of cinema (Lehman, Frank, 1906-, author.) Frost Library; ML2075 .L38 2018

Leipzig after Bach : church and concert life in a German city (Sposato, Jeffrey S., author.) Frost Library; ML275.8.L4 S66 2018

Just a shot away : peace, love, and tragedy with the Rolling Stones at Altamont (Austerlitz, Saul, author.) Frost Library; ML28.A29 A474 2018

Singing in the age of anxiety : lieder performances in New York and London between the World Wars (Tunbridge, Laura, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; ML2811.8.N48 T76 2018

Listen with the ear of the heart : music and monastery life at Weston Priory (Guarino, Maria S., author.) Frost Library; ML3011.8.W37 G83 2018

A critical companion to medieval motets Frost Library; ML3275 .C75 2018

Oh boy! : masculinities and popular music Frost Library; ML3470 .O4 2007

Right to the juke joint : a personal history of American music (Mullen, Patrick B., 1941-, author.) Frost Library; ML3477 .M78 2018

K-pop live : fans, idols, and multimedia performance (Kim, Suk-Young, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; ML3502.K6 K577 2018

Female highlife performers in Ghana : expression, resistance, and advocacy (Amoah-Ramey, Nana Abena, author.) Frost Library; ML3503.G4 A66 2018

The story of fake books : bootlegging songs to musicians (Kernfeld, Barry Dean, 1950-) Frost Library; ML3506 .K46 2006

The poetry of punk : the meaning behind punk rock and hardcore lyrics (Ambrosch, Gerfried, author.) Frost Library; ML3534 .A468 2018

Experiencing progressive rock : a listener's companion (Burns, Robert G. H., author.) Frost Library; ML3534 .B8636 2018

A social history of early rock 'n' roll in Germany (Sneeringer, Julia, author.) Frost Library; ML3534.6.G3 S62 2018

Leave the capital : a history of Manchester music in 13 recordings (Hanley, Paul, author.) Frost Library; ML3534.6.G7 H36 2017

Readings in African American church music and worship Frost Library; ML3556 .R335 2001

Becoming a garamut player in Baluan, Papua New Guinea : musical analysis as a pathway to learning (Lewis, Tony, 1955-, author.) Frost Library; ML3758.P367 B353 2018

Community music in Oceania : many voices, one horizon Frost Library; ML3774 .C66 2018

Experiencing Jewish music in America : a listener's companion (Frühauf, Tina, author.) Frost Library; ML3776 .F88 2018

Speaking for ourselves : conversations on life, music, and autism (Bakan, Michael B., author.) Frost Library; ML3838 .B18 2018

Sonic rebellion : music as resistance : Detroit 1967-2017 Frost Library; ML3849 .S66 2017

Confronting the national in the musical past Frost Library; ML3916 .C6495 2018

Performing propaganda : musical life and culture in Paris during the First World War (Moore, Rachel, 1981 December 14-) Frost Library; ML3917.F8 M66 2018

Sound, sin, and conversion in Victorian England (O'Connell, Julia Grella, author.) Frost Library; ML3917.G7 O26 2018

Tuning the kingdom : Kawuugulu musical performance, politics, and storytelling in Buganda (Kafumbe, Damascus, author.) Frost Library; ML3917.U33 K34 2018

The sound of a superpower : musical Americanism and the Cold War (Ansari, Emily Abrams, author.) Frost Library; ML3917.U6 A57 2018

Waiting for Verdi : Italian opera and political opinion, 1815-1848 (Smart, Mary Ann, author.) Frost Library; ML3918.O64 S63 2018

Playing to the crowd : musicians, audiences, and the intimate work of connection (Baym, Nancy K., author.) Frost Library; ML3918.P67 B39 2018

Mikrokosmos, books 1 & 2 (Bartók, Béla, 1881-1945, composer, author.) Music Library; MT243 .B37 2018

The contemporary piano : a performer and composer's guide to techniques and resources (Shockley, Alan Frederick, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; MT40 .S56 2018

Contemporary counterpoint : theory & application (Denisch, Beth, 1958-, author.) Music Library; MT55 .D46 2017 x

Music theory remixed : a blended approach for the practicing musician (Holm-Hudson, Kevin, author.) Music Library; MT6.H5736 M87 2017

Home studio mastering (Young, J. D., 1982- author.) Frost Library; MT723 .Y64 2018

Cello secrets : over 100 performance strategies for the advanced cellist (Hodges, Brian, 1973- author.) Frost Library; MT785 .H64 2018

The free voice : a guide to natural singing (Reid, Cornelius L., author.) Frost Library; MT820 .R365 2018

Oxford anthology of Western music Music Library; MT91 .O94 2019 xx

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