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.

Béatrice et Bénédict Frost Library; M1500.B514 B43

The rape of Lucretia Frost Library; M1500.B827 R362

The turn of the screw (Britten, Benjamin, 1913-1976.) Frost Library; M1500.B827 T893

Dido and Aeneas (Purcell, Henry, 1659-1695.) Frost Library; M1500.P98 D53

Dardanus : version 1739 Frost Library; M1500.R35 D371a

Iolanthe, or, The peer and the peri (Sullivan, Arthur, 1842-1900, composer.) Music Library; M1500.S92 I65 2017 x

Carmen (Bizet, Georges, 1838-1875.) Music Library; M1503.B625 C37 2002

Terre de France : a cycle of five songs for soprano or tenor voice and piano (Talma, Louise, 1906-1996, composer.) Music Library; M1621.4.T35 T47 1978 x

The big book of soul. Music Library; M1630.18 .B544 2002 x

Ray : music from the motion picture soundtrack Music Library; M1630.18.C53 R393 2005

Nobody but me : vocal Music Library; M1679.18.B83 N63 2017 x

Collected works (Porter, Walter, -1659, composer.) Music Library; M2 .R238 v.194 x

Secular vocal music (Barsanti, Francesco, approximately 1690-1775, composer.) Music Library; M2 .R238 v.197 x

Clarinet concerto in C minor, op. 36 (Riotte, Philipp Jakob, 1776-1856, composer.) Music Library; M2 .R2381 v.104 x

Premier livre de pièces de clavecin (1759) (La Font, Pierre Nicolas, approximately 1725-approximately 1791, composer.) Music Library; M2 .R2381 v.105 x

Keyboard concerto in B-flat major, op. 2 (Junker, Carl Ludwig, 1748-1797, composer.) Music Library; M2 .R2381 v.107 x

Requiem : with two related motets (Salieri, Antonio, 1750-1825, composer.) Music Library; M2 .R2381 v.108 x

The padrone (Chadwick, G. W. (George Whitefield), 1854-1931, composer.) Music Library; M2.3.U6 R4 v.82 x

Anthems (Hastings, Thomas, 1784-1872, composer.) Music Library; M2.3.U6 R4 v.83 x

Di goldene kale (Rumshinsky, Joseph, 1881-1956, composer.) Music Library; M2.3.U6 R4 x

Essential keyboard repertoire. Vol. 2, Advancing intermediate selections in their original form Music Library; M21 .E78 v.2 x

Das Wohltemperierte Klavier. Teil I = The well-tempered clavier. Part I, [BWV 846-869] (Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750.) Music Library; M22.B11 W693 2007 x

Das Wohltemperierte Klavier. Teil II = The well-tempered clavier. Part II, [BWV 870-893] (Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750.) Music Library; M22.B11 W695 2007 x

Two rags for B flat bass clarinet and piano (Dykstra, Brian, 1942-) Music Library; M252.D94 R3 1998 x

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

[Opere] (Vivaldi, Antonio, 1678-1741.) Music Library; M3 .V69 1982

Harps and harpists (Rensch, Roslyn, author.) Frost Library; ML1005 .R43 2017

Building new banjos for an old-time world (Jones-Bamman, Richard, 1951- author.) Frost Library; ML1015.B3 J66 2017

Electric guitars (Bacon, Tony, 1954-, author.) Frost Library; ML1015.G9 B187 2017

Le tambour français : histoire et évolution (Froidure, Jean-Michel, 1953- author.) Frost Library; ML1035 .F76 2016

Marching to the drums : a history of military drums and drummers (Norris, John, 1954 April 10-) Frost Library; ML1035 .N67 2012

Why vinyl matters (Bickerdike, Jennifer Otter, author.) Frost Library; ML1055 .B53 2017 x

Sonata fragments : romantic narratives in Chopin, Schumann, and Brahms (Davis, Andrew C., 1973- author.) Frost Library; ML1156 .D38 2017

The opera orchestra in 18th- and 19th- century Europe Frost Library; ML1704 .O636 2008

Opera : passion, power and politics Frost Library; ML1720 .O54 2017 x

Must close Saturday : the decline and fall of the British musical flop (Wright, Adrian, 1947 July 1-, author.) Frost Library; ML1731.5 .W75 2017

Animation, plasticity, and music in Italy, 1770-1830 (Lockhart, Ellen, author.) Frost Library; ML1733.3 .L63 2017

Music and belonging between revolution and restoration (Waltham-Smith, Naomi, 1983- author.) Frost Library; ML195 .W38 2017

New Orleans remix (Sullivan, Jack, 1946-, author.) Frost Library; ML200.8.N48 N48 2017

The Cambridge companion to the musical Frost Library; ML2054 .C35 2017

Music in contemporary French cinema : the crystal-song (Powrie, Phil, author.) Frost Library; ML2075 .P69 2017

Challenging the modern : conservative revolution in German music, 1918-33 (Attfield, Nicholas William James, 1981-, author.) Frost Library; ML275.5 .A88 2017

Mirrors of heaven or worldly theaters? : Venetian nunneries and their music (Glixon, Jonathan E., author.) Frost Library; ML290.8.V26 G55 2017

Music of the Soviet era: 1917-1991 (Akopi︠a︡n, L. O., 1953-, author.) Frost Library; ML300.5 .H35 2017

A city haphazard : Jewish musicians in Los Angeles, 1887-1927 (Friedmann, Jonathan L., 1980-, author.) Frost Library; ML3195 .F735 2017

Community custodians of popular music's past : a DIY approach to heritage (Baker, Sarah, 1977-, author.) Frost Library; ML3470 .B355 2018

A friend of the devil : the glorification of the outlaw in song from Robin Hood to rap (Kruth, John, author.) Frost Library; ML3470 .K78 2017

The tide was always high : the music of Latin America in Los Angeles Frost Library; ML3477.8.L67 T53 2017

Got to be something here : the rise of the Minneapolis sound (Swensson, Andrea, author) Frost Library; ML3477.8.M56 S94 2017

Meet me in the bathroom : rebirth and rock and roll in New York City, 2001-2011 (Goodman, Elizabeth, 1980-, author.) Frost Library; ML3477.8.N48 G66 2017

Beautiful politics of music : trova in Yucatán, Mexico (Vargas Cetina, Gabriela, author.) Frost Library; ML3485.7.Y83 V37 2017

Technology and the stylistic evolution of the jazz bass (Dowdall, Peter (musician), author.) Frost Library; ML3506 .D66 2018

Keeping time : readings in jazz history Frost Library; ML3507 .K4 2014

Jazz Latino Frost Library; ML3509.C88 C83

Czech bluegrass : notes from the heart of Europe (Bidgood, Lee, author.) Frost Library; ML3520 .B529 2017

Beyond the crossroads : the devil & the blues tradition (Gussow, Adam, author.) Frost Library; ML3521 .G94 2017

Live from the Mississippi Delta (Mayfield, Panny Flautt, author, photographer.) Frost Library; ML3521 .M4 2017 x

Break beats in the Bronx : rediscovering hip-hop's early years (Ewoodzie, Joseph C., Jr author.) Frost Library; ML3531 .E96 2017

Rap and hip hop culture (Orejuela, Fernando.) Frost Library; ML3531 .O74 2015

Dirty South : Outkast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern rappers who reinvented hip-hop (Westhoff, Ben.) Frost Library; ML3531 .W47 2011

Buried. Archives and Special Collections; ML3534 .B8635 x

Anarchy in the year zero : the Sex Pistols, The Clash, and the class of '76 (Heylin, Clinton, author.) Frost Library; ML3534 .H478 2016

Goodnight, L.A. (Hartman, Kent, author.) Frost Library; ML3534.3 .H38 2017

Roots, radicals and rockers : how skiffle changed the world (Bragg, Billy, author.) Frost Library; ML3536 .B73 2017

Florida soul : from Ray Charles to KC and the Sunshine Band (Capouya, John, 1956- author.) Frost Library; ML3537 .C37 2017

Cape town harmonies (GAULIER, ARMELLE.) Frost Library; ML355.S68 G38 2017

George P. Knauff's Virginia reels and the history of American fiddling (Goertzen, Chris, author.) Frost Library; ML3551.7.V8 G64 2017

The music of black Americans : a history (Southern, Eileen.) Frost Library; ML3556 .S74 1997

The changing faces of Aawambo musical arts (Mans, Minette, author.) Frost Library; ML3760 .M35 2017

Ethnomusicology : a contemporary reader Frost Library; ML3799 .E79 2006

Eco-literate music pedagogy (Shevock, Daniel J., author.) Frost Library; ML3799.3 .S54 2018

Rythme et geste (Paczynski, Stanislas Georges.) Frost Library; ML3813 .P24 1988

The psychology of musical development (Hargreaves, David J. (David John), 1948-, author.) Frost Library; ML3830 .H24 2017

Art of jazz : form Frost Library; ML3849 .A77 2017

Song acts : writings on words and music (Kramer, Lawrence, 1946-, author.) Frost Library; ML3880 .K694 2017

Sounds of liberty : music, radicalism and reform in the Anglophone world, 1790-1914 (Bowan, Kate, author.) Frost Library; ML3916 .B69 2017

Personal stereo (Tuhus-Dubrow, Rebecca, author.) Frost Library; ML3916 .T84 2017

Supercell featuring Hatsune Miku (Yamada, Keisuke, 1984-, author.) Frost Library; ML3917.J3 Y36 2017

Rock in a hard place : music and mayhem in the Middle East (Crowcroft, Orlando, author.) Frost Library; ML3917.M628 C76 2017

Singing across divides : music and intimate politics in Nepal (Stirr, Anna Marie, 1980- author.) Frost Library; ML3917.N3 S75 2017

Historical theory and methods through popular music, 1970--2000 : "Those are the new saints" (Shonk, Kenneth L., author.) Frost Library; ML3917.U6 S56 2017

The British blues network : adoption, emulation, and creativity (Kellett, Andrew, 1979- author.) Frost Library; ML3918.B57 K45 2017

The politics of opera : a history from Monteverdi to Mozart (Cohen, Mitchell, 1952-, author.) Frost Library; ML3918.O64 C65 2017

Opera for the people : English-language opera and women managers in late 19th-century America (Preston, Katherine K.) Frost Library; ML3918.O64 P74 2017

This is not a remix : piracy, authenticity and popular music (Borschke, Margie, author.) Frost Library; ML3918.P67 B69 2017

Streaming music : practices, media, cultures (Johansson, Sofia, author.) Frost Library; ML3918.P67 J64 2018

The big payback : the history of the business of hip-hop (Charnas, Dan.) Frost Library; ML3918.R37 C52 2011

Flip the script : European hip hop and the politics of postcoloniality (Rollefson, J. Griffith, author.) Frost Library; ML3918.R37 R66 2017

Holy hip hop in the City of Angels (Zanfagna, Christina, 1980- author.) Frost Library; ML3921.8.R36 Z36 2017

Choral monuments : studies of eleven choral masterworks (Shrock, Dennis, author.) Frost Library; MT110 .S57 2017

Notes from the pianist's bench (Berman, Boris, author.) Frost Library; MT220 .B516 2017

30 studi a corde doppie (Polo, Enrico, 1868-1953.) Music Library; MT269.P65 S7 1950 x

The guitar workbook : a fresh approach to exploration and mastery (Seifried, Scott A., author.) Music Library; MT580 .S38 2017

Choral vocal technique (Horstmann, Sabine.) Music Library; MT875 .H78 2009

Complete piano sonatas (Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827, composer.) Music Library; $hM23.B414 S34

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

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

The works of Giuseppe Verdi = Le opere di Giuseppe Verdi (Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901.) Music Library; $hM3 .V48 1983