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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

Politics and aesthetics in electronic music (Groth, Sanne Krogh, author.) Frost Library; M1473 .G76 2014

Tosca Frost Library; M1500 .P97 T549

The damnation of Faust [videorecording] Frost Library; M1500.B514 D391

Les Troyens [videorecording] Frost Library; M1500.B514 T791

Eugene Onegin [videorecording] : lyric scenes in 3 acts after Alexander Pushkin Frost Library; M1500.C44 E895

Adriana Lecouvreur [videorecording] : opera in four acts Frost Library; M1500.C55 A42

La Favorite (Donizetti, Gaetano, 1797-1848, composer.) Frost Library; M1500.D6 F38

Claude Frost Library; M1500.E83 C53

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

Where the wild things are [videorecording] ; &, Higglety pigglety pop! : two fantasy operas Frost Library; M1500.K683 W54

Werther [videorecording] : lyric drama in four acts Frost Library; M1500.M415 W3492

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

L'incoronazione di Poppea [videorecording] Frost Library; M1500.M57 I5794

L'incoronazione di Poppea [videorecording] : opera in a prologue and three acts, 1643 Frost Library; M1500.M57 I5795

Così fan tutte [videorecording] Frost Library; M1500.M6 C694

Don Giovanni [videorecording] : dramma giocoso in two acts Frost Library; M1500.M6 D6992

La finta giardiniera [videorecording] Frost Library; M1500.M6 F56

Le nozze di Figaro [videorecording] : opera buffa in quattro atti Frost Library; M1500.M6 N591

Die Entführung aus dem Serail [videorecording] Frost Library; M1500.M84 E6

Tosca Frost Library; M1500.P97 T54

Lear : opera in two parts adapted from William Shakespeare Frost Library; M1500.R43 L439

La cambiale di matrimonio : comic opera in one act Frost Library; M1500.R6 C35

King Lear : opera in two acts, Op. 76 (Sallinen, Aulis, composer.) Frost Library; M1500.S22 K56

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

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

Macbeth [videorecording] : melodramma in quattro atti Frost Library; M1500.V4 M35

Les Vêpres siciliennes : a grand opera in five acts Frost Library; M1500.V4 V471

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg [videorecording] Frost Library; M1500.W13 M493

Parsifal [videorecording] Frost Library; M1500.W13 P395

Parsifal [videorecording] : opera in three acts Frost Library; M1500.W13 P396

Brokeback mountain Frost Library; M1500.W86 B76

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

Honeymoon in Vegas : musical selections (Brown, Jason Robert, composer, lyricist.) Music Library; M1508.B778 H6 2015 x

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

Music+lyrics (Oliver, Ryan Scott.) Music Library; M1630.18.O419 S65 2011 x

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

Vespers for the feast of the Assumption (Porpora, Nicola, 1686-1768, composer.) Music Library; M2 .C64362 v.21 x

Complete anthems (Goss, John, 1800-1880, composer.) Music Library; M2 .R23834 v.66 x

Madrigali a cinque voci di Gio. Maria Nanino et di Annibal Stabile (1581). Music Library; M2 .R2384 v.162

Music in the life of Benjamin Franklin Music Library; M2.3.U6 M86 2007

St Luke Passion (MacMillan, James, 1959-, composer.) Music Library; M2023.M28 S7 2015 x

Sämtliche Werke in Verbindung mit der Bayerischen Akademie der Schönen Künste, München (Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883.) Music Library; M3 .W23 x

The social worlds of nineteenth-century chamber music : composers, consumers, communities (Sumner Lott, Marie, author.) Frost Library; ML1104 .S85 2015

Materialities : books, readers, and the chanson in sixteenth-century Europe (Van Orden, Kate, author.) Frost Library; ML112 .V34 2015

A collector's journey : notable music books written prior to 1800 (Cowden, Robert H.) Frost Library; ML113 .C67 2015

The inevitable bandstand : the state band of Oaxaca and the politics of sound (Heath, Charles V., 1960- author.) Frost Library; ML1315.7.O28 H43 2015

Isaac Albéniz : a research and information guide (Clark, Walter Aaron, compiler.) Frost Library; ML134.A45 C53 2015

From small screen to vinyl : a guide to television stars who made records, 1950-2000 (Leszczak, Bob, 1959-, author.) Frost Library; ML158 .L47 2015

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

Music and the exotic from the Renaissance to Mozart (Locke, Ralph P., author.) Frost Library; ML160 .L69172 2015

Understanding the leitmotif : from Wagner to Hollywood film music (Bribitzer-Stull, Matthew, 1972-) Frost Library; ML1700 .B796 2015

The story of opera (Parakilas, James.) Frost Library; ML1700 .P36 2013

Music in the Medieval West (Fassler, Margot Elsbeth, author.) Frost Library; ML172 .F37 2014

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

Music and riddle culture in the Renaissance (Schiltz, Katelijne, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; ML172 .S245 2015

Henry George Farmer and the First International Congress of Arab Music (Cairo 1932) (Katz, Israel J., author.) Frost Library; ML189.F3 K37 2015

Music in the nineteenth century (Frisch, Walter, 1951-, author.) Frost Library; ML196 .F75 2013

A history of twentieth-century music in a theoretic-analytical context (Antokoletz, Elliott, author.) Frost Library; ML197 .A627 2013

Music in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries (Auner, Joseph Henry, 1959-) Frost Library; ML197 .A87 2013

An introduction to America's music (Crawford, Richard, 1935-, author.) Frost Library; ML200 .C72 2013

The music of counterculture cinema : a critical study of 1960s and 1970s soundtracks (Bartkowiak, Mathew J., author.) Frost Library; ML2075 .B35 2015

Music as image : analytical psychology and music in film (Nagari, Benjamin.) Frost Library; ML2075 .N33 2015

Classical music in the German Democratic Republic : production and reception Frost Library; ML275.5 .C53 2015

The singing of the Strasbourg Protestants, 1523-1541 (Trocmé-Latter, Daniel.) Frost Library; ML3127.8.S87 T76 2015

English cathedral music and liturgy in the twentieth century (Thomas, Martin, 1966- author.) Frost Library; ML3131.5 .T46 2015

Chung-kuo yin yüeh chien shang tsuan chi, ti yi chi. Frost Library; ML336.1 .C4 xx

Geographies of cubanidad : place, race, and musical performance in contemporary Cuba (Bodenheimer, Rebecca M., author.) Frost Library; ML3486.C82 B64 2015

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

Globalization and popular music in South Korea : sounding out K-pop (Fuhr, Michael, 1975- author.) Frost Library; ML3502.K6 F84 2015

Bluegrass in Baltimore : the hard drivin' sound and its legacy (Newby, Tim, 1974-) Frost Library; ML3520 .N49 2015

Klezmer : music and community in twentieth-century Jewish Philadelphia (Netsky, Hankus, author.) Frost Library; ML3528.8 .N48 2015

The decline of western civilization. I Frost Library; ML3534 .D43 v.1

The decline of western civilization. Part II, The metal years Frost Library; ML3534 .D43 v.2

The decline of western civilization. Part III Frost Library; ML3534 .D43 v.3

The first collection of criticism by a living female rock critic (Hopper, Jessica.) Frost Library; ML3534 .H6774 2015

Music at the extremes : essays on sounds outside the mainstream Frost Library; ML3534 .M946 2015

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

Folksongs of another America : field recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946 (Leary, James P., 1950-, author.) Frost Library; ML3551 .L35 2015

Gongs and pop songs : sounding Minangkabau in Indonesia (Fraser, Jennifer A.) Frost Library; ML3758.I537 S83 2015

Song from the forest : my life among the pygmies (Sarno, Louis, 1954-, author.) Frost Library; ML3760 .S28 2015

Artistic practice as research in music : theory, criticism, practice Frost Library; ML3797 .A77 2015

This thing called music : essays in honor of Bruno Nettl Frost Library; ML3798 .T56 2015

The Oxford Handbook of Applied Ethnomusicology Frost Library; ML3799.2 .O94 2015

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

Music and aesthetic reality : formalism and the limits of description (Zangwill, Nick, author.) Frost Library; ML3845 .Z36 2015

Postopera : reinventing the voice-body (Novak, Jelena, 1974-) Frost Library; ML3858 .N93 2015

This is the sound of irony : music, politics and popular culture Frost Library; ML3877 .T53 2015

Sondheim and Lloyd-Webber : the new musical (Citron, Stephen.) Frost Library; ML390 .C586 2014

Music in Cyprus Frost Library; ML3917.C93 M87 2015

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

Alive inside Frost Library; ML3920 .A45

Reconceiving structure in contemporary music : new tools in music theory and analysis (Lochhead, Judith Irene, author.) Music Library; MT140 .L55 2016

Advanced musical performance : investigations in higher education learning Frost Library; MT18 .A38 2014

Cello practice, cello performance (Wilson, Miranda, author.) Music Library; MT300 .W55 2015

Exploring the world of music [videorecording] Frost Library; MT6 .E983

Music theory, analysis, and society : selected essays (Morgan, Robert P., author.) Music Library; MT6 .M788 2015

The essentials of beautiful singing : a three-step kinesthetic approach (Bauer, Karen Tillotson.) Music Library; MT820 .B2846 2013