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Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

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Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
Comprehensive music research of all the world's peoples. Contains the full text of the 10 volume print encyclopedia. Each volume covers a geographic region, a survey of its musical heritage, and a description of specific musical genres, practices, and performances. Articles include photographs of musicians, musical instruments, and the cultural context of dances, rituals, and ceremonies. Also includes drawings, maps, and musical examples.

Oxford Music Online
Includes full-text of the the Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.), Grove Music Online, the Oxford Companion to Music (2002 revision) and the Oxford Dictionary of Music (2nd ed. rev.).

Oxford Reference Online - Performing Arts
Includes the Oxford Dictionary of Dance, the Concise Oxford Dictionaries of Music and Opera, Who's Who in Opera, the Oxford Companions to Music and Shakespeare, the Concise Oxford Companion to Theatre, and more

Online Indexes to Musicology Literature

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Music Index Online (1979 - Current)
Index to writings on classical and popular music, including scholarly and journalistic publications and reviews of books, recordings, and performances. Covers publications from 1979 to the present. Updated quarterly. See print edition for coverage of writings from 1949 to present.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (1969 - Current)
Includes references (most with abstracts) to scholarly writings, including books, articles, and dissertations from 1969 to the present in English and most European languages. Updated monthly.

Related Resources

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Arts and Humanities Citation Index (1980 - Current)
This "Web of Science" database covers the journal literature of the arts and humanities, indexing 1,100 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals, and relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journals. Updated weekly.

Contains nearly 12 million biographical entries from over 2700 current and retrospective reference books; covers historic and contemporary figures.

Classical Music Library
An online streaming music service featuring works from the Medieval era through the present. Recordings can be located by browsing lists or by using either the basic or advanced search engines, and users can create and save playlists of their favorite music. Note: Off-campus access to Classical Music Library requires Internet Explorer.

Dissertation Abstracts (ProQuest Dissertations & Theses) (1861 - Current)
Includes citations for dissertations dating from the first U.S. dissertation issued in 1861. Contains abstracts for dissertations from 1980 to the present and for master's theses from 1988 forward. The work of authors from over 1,000 North American graduate schools and European universities are also included. Titles published since 1997 are available in PDF digital format and have 24 page previews available.

Database of citations for completed dissertations and new dissertation topics in musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, and related disciplines.

Lists death dates for musicians as reported in current media. Updated daily.

Humanities International Complete
Humanities International Complete provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracting for over 1,900 titles, and full text of hundreds of journals books and other publications. The database includes citations and abstracts for articles, essays and reviews, as well as original creative works including poems, fiction, photographs, paintings and illustrations.

Naxos Music Library
"Naxos Music Library is the most comprehensive collection of classical music available online. It includes the complete Naxos, Marco Polo and Da Capo catalogues of over 560,000 tracks, including Classical music, Historical recordings, Jazz, World, Folk and Chinese music. While listening via Adobe Flash Player, users can read notes on the works being played as well as biographical information on composers or artists in Naxos's extensive database. If Adobe Flash Player 10 is not installed on your computer, please take a moment and install:"--FAQ page

Newspaper Source
Provides selected full text for over 180 regional U.S. newspapers, international newspapers, newswires, newspaper columns and other sources as well as indexing and abstracts for national newspapers. In addition, full text television & radio news transcripts are provided from CBS News, FOX News, NPR, etc. This database is updated daily.
List of journals included.

Selected Internet Resources : African Heritage in Classical Music - contains biographies, works lists, and discographies of the major composers and performers.

American Music Resource - provides a multi-dimensional source of reference information about all styles of music indigenous to the Western Hemisphere.

American Popular Music before 1900 - A Chronological Subject Guide from Kingwood College Library.  This chronologically arranged page is intended as an overview of American History through its music.

ARChive of Contemporary Music - archive, library and research center collecting popular music of all cultures and races from 1950 to the present

Baroque Music - includes information on Baroque performance practice, history, biographies of well-known Baroque composers and musicians and a composers portrait gallery.

Bibliographie des Musikschrifttums online (Bibliography of Music Literature on-line) is an international and interactive bibliography of literature on music. (Staatliches Institut fur Musikforschung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin)

Black Composers Scores - a companion website to Professor Richard Greene's Classical Music Recordings of Black Composers that provides a list of composers names and works that link to WorldCat holdings for each work.

Blackgrooves - provides readers and subscribers with monthly updates on interesting new releases and quality reissues in all genres, including gospel, blues, jazz, funk, soul, and hip-hop-as well as classical music composed or performed by black artists (Archives of African American Music and Culture, Indiana University)

Classical Music Recordings of Black Composers : a Reference Guide - a comprehensive guide to the recorded works available on compact disc from 1990 to the present compiled by Professor Richard Greene.

Contemporary Music - The gateway to contemporary music in France is a search engine for art music resources from 1945 to this day held by French institutions.

Diaz-Ayala Cuban and Latin American Popular Music Collection - the collection has approximately 100,000 items that span the history of popular Cuban and other Latin Music. (Florida International University Libraries)

Gallery Music - English church and chapel music of the 1700s and early 1800s.

Gilmore Performing Arts Library Letters Database - this online collection includes unique letters from/to composers and musical performers, from the Performing Arts Library's Miscellaneous Letters and Documents collection.  The collection constitutes of manuscript letters from many of the greatest names of the classical music canon such as Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, and Tchaikovsky as well as famed American composers like Elliott Carter, Virgil Thomson, Aaron Copland, and many others.

Harmonia : Early Music - a weekly one-hour radio program, that brings the music of earlier periods to life for radio audiences, as performers of today cast new light on the music of the distant past. (Indiana Public Media) - Stephen Hammer's Baroque oboe site ; a resource site for the community of hautboy players and builders

Historic Brass Bibliography, 1988-96 - covers writings about Western brass instruments and their makers, making, original performance situations, performers, performance practices, repertory, and depiction in works of art through the nineteenth century. (Compiled by David Lasocki, Indiana University)

Jazz Research Guide (Harvard College Libraries)

Lied and Art Song Texts - first-line index with full texts (when permissible), browseable by composer or poet.

MetOpera Database - information on all performances since 1883. (Metropolitan Opera Archives)

Monumenta Musicae Byzantinae (University of Copenhagen, Institute for Greek and Latin)

Music Information Centre Norway - contains information on Norwegian music, muscians and composers.

Musical Instruction and Musical Learning (MIML), 1450-1650 - a bibliography of secondary sources on how music was taught and learned during the two-century period 1450 to 1650, elucidating aspects such as the institutions, traditions, and practices of musical pedagogy in the Early Modern Period. (Vanderbilt University) - bibliographies, discographies, and works summaries for individual musical compositions. (Forum Musikbibliothek)

OperaGlass - libretti, synopses and sources, performance histories, discographies. (Stanford University)

Perspectives on Medieval Repertory (by Todd M. McComb)

Pop and Rock Music Subject Guide (MIT Libraries)

Rap and Hip Hop Resources (Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College, Chicago)

Sixteenth Century Ballads - the goal of this project is to produce a collection of "interesting" ballads from before 1600, containing sheet music and lyrics, both in their original form, and in a form intelligible to a modern listener (by Greg Lindahl)

Smithsonian Jazz Portal - oral histories, research collections, jazz education resources

Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum  - an evolving database of the entire corpus of Latin music theory written during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. (Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature, Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music)

Wesleyan Virtual Instrument Museum - descriptions, photos, audio, video (Music Department, Wesleyan University)

Internet Indexes to Sources

British Song - index of songs composed from the late 16th century to the present

Canadian Music Periodical Index - Citations from over 600 Canadian music periodicals, from the late 19th century to the present

CANTUS - A Database for Latin Ecclesiastical Chant

Cleveland Orchestra Program Notes - an index of the complete program notes (and subsequently, the performances) of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Concert Programmes Project Online Database - descriptions of collections in the UK and Ireland

Hymn Tune Index - tunes associated with pre-1821 English-language hymns (University of Illinois)

Medieval Manuscripts in Dutch Collections - index of pre-1550 western medieval manuscripts (Koninklijke Bibliotheek)

Medieval Music Database - 14th century music and liturgical chant; transcriptions, links to digital copies (La Trobe University)

Renaissance Liturgical Prints - a database of information about worship books printed before 1601. (University of Michigan in Ann Arbor)

Professional Organizations

Academy of St. Cecilia

American Bach Society

American Beethoven Society

American Brahms Society

American Guild of Organists

American Handel Society

American Institute for Verdi Studies

American Institute of Musicology

The American Music Center

American Musical Instrument Society

American Musicological Society

American Recorder Society

Association for Recorded Sound Collections, Inc. (ARSC)

Australian Music Centre

The Banff Centre Music and Sound

Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation

Budapest Music Center

Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities

Center for Black Music Research (CBMR)

Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA)

Center for Popular Music

Centro Studi Giacomo Puccini (Lucca, Italy)

Charles Ives Society

College Music Society

Deutsche Mozart-Gesellschaft

Early Music America

Gesellschaft der Orgelfreunde (The Society of the Friends of the Organ)

Historic Brass Society (HBS)

International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM)

International Association for the Study of Popular Music

International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA)

International Computer Music Association (ICMA)

International Machaut Society

International Musicological Society

IRCAM: Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (Paris, France)

Israel Musicological Society

Kurt Weill Foundation

Music, Mind, Machine: Computational Modeling of Musical Knowledge and Cognition

Music Publishers Association (includes Copyright Clearing House)

Repertoire International de la Litterature Musicale (RILM)

Repertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM)

Royal Musical Association

Society for American Music

Society for Eighteenth-Century Music

Society for Seventeenth-Century Music

Sound and Music

Composer Specific Resources


John Adams

Leroy Anderson -- American Composer of Light Concert Music

George Antheil

Johann Sebastian Bach

Leonardo Balada (catalan)

Michael W. Balfe

Sir Arnold Bax Web site (by Richard Adams)

Bela Bartok (Dictionary of Unitarian and Universalist Biography)

Amy Marcy Cheney Beach (Library of Congress)

Ludwig van Beethoven

Alan Belkin

Leonard Bernstein

Harrison Birtwistle

Luigi Boccherini

Benjamin Britten

Anton Bruckner

Gavin Bryars

Norbert Burgmuller

John Cage

Marc Antoine Charpentier (French)

Carlos Chavez (by John Craton)

Frederic Chopin

John Corigliano

James F. Crowley

George Crumb : the Official Home Page

Cesar Cui (Opera @ Stanford)

Alvin Curran

Gabor Darvas (Hungarian composer)

Gerardo Dirie

Francesco Durante

Antonin Dvorak

David Dzubay (Composer/Conductor)

Jason Eckardt

Hanns Eisler

Edward Elgar (Elgar Society and Elgar Foundation)

Ty Alan Emerson

Karlheinz Essl

Anton Garcia Abril

Andrew Lloyd Gelt

Jerry Gerber

George and Ira Gershwin

Gilbert and Sullivan Archive

Alberto Ginastera

GlassPages: Philip Glass on the Web

Percy Aldridge Grainger

Mark Gresham (composer/conductor)

Jester Hairston

George Frideric Handel

Christos Hatzis

Bernard Herrmann

David Earl Holt Collection (University of North Texas Performing Arts Library)

Edward Dudley Hughes

Andrew Hugill

Charles Ives (The Charles Ives Society)

Frederick Jacobi

Leos Janacek

Zoltan Kodaly

Stephen Lias

Magnus Lindberg

Franz Liszt

Gyorgy Ligeti

George Lloyd (The George Lloyd Society)

Ricardo Lorenz

Jean-Baptiste Lully Collection (University of North Texas Performing Arts Library)

Peter Maxwell Davies

John McCabe

Steven Mercurio

Olivier Messiaen

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • European Mozart Ways - Mozart's life and travels; translated, annotated editions of his letters
  • The Mozart Project (by Steve Boerner)
  • Neue Mozart-Ausgabe -- informations about the status of the edition and a database of all autographs by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (going to be ampliated), plus an index of his works as edited by the Neue Mozart-Ausgabe

Michael Nyman

Juan Orrego-Salas (Indiana University School of Music)

Harry Partch

Vernon Perdue Davis Collection (Old Dominion University Library)

Astor Piazzolla

Cole Porter

Serge Prokofiev (The Serge Prokofiev Association)

Sergei Rachmaninoff (The Rachmaninoff Society)

Ariel Ramirez

Howard Sandroff

R. Murray Schafer

Alfred Schnittke

Arnold Schoenberg

Franz Schubert  (The Schubert Institute, London, England)

Clara Wieck Schumann (by David Kenneth Smith)

Alexander Scriabin (Scriabin Society of America)

James Sellars (Hog River Music)

Dmitri Shostakovich (DSCH Journal)

Jean Sibelius

Roberto Sierra

Robert Simpson (The Robert Simpson Society)

Stephen Sondheim

Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji

John Philip Sousa (Sponsored by the Dallas Wind Symphony)

William Grant Still (Special Collections Library,Duke University)

Karlheinz Stockhausen

The Strauss Family : Johann Strauss I, Johann Strauss II, Joseph Strauss, Eduard Strauss

Igor Stravinsky

Morton Subotnick

Stephen Andrew Taylor

Tommaso Traetta

Ralph Vaughan Williams (The Ralph Vaughan Williams Society)

Guillermo Venegas Lloveras

Louis Vierne

Heitor Villa-Lobos

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Anton Webern

Kurt Weill (Kurt Weill Foundation for Music)

Barbara White

John Williams

Eric Zeisl

Resource Pages on Musicology from other University Libraries and organizations

American Musicological Society

Indiana University

University of Washington