Music Resources on the Web

 

Addresses
African-American Music
American Music
Analysis
Archives and Special Collections
Awards
Band Music
Bibliography
Biography
Blues
Canadian Music
Choruses
Competitions
Composers
Composer Societies
Computer Music
Contests
Contemporary Music
Copyright
Dance
Death Dates of Composers and other Musicians
Dictionaries

Dissertations
Early Music
Film Music
Grammar and Writing - Guides
Hymns
Instruments
Jazz
Jewish Music
Latin-American Music
Libraries and Schools of Music
Library Use - Guides
Lyrics
Music and Technology
Music in Fiction
Music Theory
Music Vendors
Musicals and Musical Theater
Musicology
Opera
Organizations
Periodicals
Popular Music
Prizes
Pronunciation
Publishers
Rock
Sacred Music
Schools of Music
Scores Online
Sheet Music Collections
Songs
Sound Recordings
Guides for Citing Electronic Resources
Themes
Vocal music
Women
World Music
Writing Guides
Other Music Libraries' Lists of Links to Internet Resources
Yale Music Library - Electronic Resources in Music

ANALYSIS

  • Analysis Index (University of Tennessee-Knoxville).  Indexes descriptions or analyses of musical compositions and program notes in books.
  • Allen Forte Archive (UNT College of Music)

ADDRESSES

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AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSIC

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AMERICAN MUSIC

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

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ARCHIVES AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

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AWARDS AND PRIZES

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BAND MUSIC

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Electronic Resources in Duckles 5.  Updates the chapter on electronic resources in Vincent Duckles and Ida Reed's Music Reference and Research, 5th ed. (New York, Schirmer Books, 1998).  SML, Music Library, Reference ML 113 D 1998.
  • International Repertory of Musical Sources (RISM).  Provides news and reports on RISM activities throughout the world; describes the various printed and online resources made available by the Zentralredaktion and the U.S. RISM Office.  Supplements the printed volumes of RISM (SML, Music Library Reference ML12 B478 and Reference ML113 I61).  Also links to several databases (which are also available on CD-ROM, Music Library Periodicals Room)
  • The Music Sack. This is a "database of factual data about people involved in music and the activities they have been involved in. The Music Sack is also an index to what has been written about these people."

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BIOGRAPHY

  • Biographical Information in the World of Music (Indiana University School of Music).
  • Gaylord Music Library Necrology File (Washington University, St. Louis).  The goal of the web page is to report what appears in the music media as it arrives in this library. This includes the Obituary Index that appears annually in Music Library Association Notes.
  • MLA Obituary Index, (Music Library Association).  An on-line version of an index of obituary citations published annually by the Music Library Association (MLA) in its quarterly journal, Notes.
     

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BLUES

  • Blues and Jazz (UC-Santa Barbara).
  • Blues and Jazz (University of Washington).  Biographies, discographies, labels, and other resources.
     

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CANADIAN MUSIC

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COMPETITIONS AND CONTESTS

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COMPOSERS

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COMPOSER SOCIETIES

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COMPUTER MUSIC

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CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

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COPYRIGHT

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DANCE

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Death Dates of Composers and Other Musicians

  • Gaylord Music Library Necrology The Gaylord Music Library Necrology file first began as a card file in the mid-1980s. In 1991, the project moved to a word processing file and in 1995, became available as a web page. The goal is to report what appears in the music media as it arrives in this library. This includes the Obituary Index that appears annually in Music Library Association Notes.
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  • Obituary Index This is an on-line version of an index of obituary citations published annually by the Music Library Association (MLA) in its quarterly journal, Notes. The index facilitates access to information about musicians and other members of the music world. Obituary citations are compiled from a wide range of sources; selection criteria have varied by editor. Entries from the 1966 through 1995 issues of NOTES are now grouped into one database that can be searched by keywords. Entries containing keywords are returned to the user. Journal and dictionary abbreviations in individual entries are linked to names in full lists of journals and music dictionaries.
     

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DICTIONARIES

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DISSERTATIONS

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EARLY MUSIC

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FESTIVALS

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FILM MUSIC

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GRAMMAR AND WRITING - GUIDES

  • The Elements of Style (William Strunk).  Complete text.  The book presents the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated.
  • Society for Music Theory Guidelines for Nonsexist Language (Western Michigan University).  In affirmation of its belief that language which includes women and treats both sexes fairly should characterize all its publications, the Society for Music Theory recommends the following guidelines to contributors to the SMT Newsletter, Music Theory Spectrum, and Music Theory Online. These guidelines have been drawn up jointly by the Committee on the Status of Women and the Publications Committee. They offer strategies for avoiding irrelevant gender distinctions in language.

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HYMNS

  • NetHymnal.  Lyrics, sound, scores, and more for more than 1700 Christian hymns and gospel songs.
     

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INSTRUMENTS

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JAZZ

  • Blues and Jazz (UC-Santa Barbara).
  • Institute of Jazz Studies (Rutgers University).  The Institute of Jazz Studies is the world's foremost jazz archive and research facility. It was founded in 1952 by Marshall Stearns (1908-1966), a pioneer jazz scholar. In 1966, Rutgers was chosen as the collection's permanent academic home.
  • Jazz and Blues (University of Washington).  Biographies, discographies, and other resources.
  • Jazz Artists: A Bibliography (East Carolina University).
  • Jazz-Institut Darmstadt  Houses public archives on jazz; the website includes lists of jazz repositories and jazz periodicals, as well as the "Wegweiser Jazz," a guide to jazz in Germany.
  • The Monterey Jazz Festival Collection. (recordings of performance at the festival)
  • Weber Jazz Collection, 1970-2005: The digital collection consists of photographs taken by Mark Weber of experimental jazz musicians during the 1970's - 1990's in Los Angeles.
  • William Ransom Hogan Archive of New Orleans Jazz (Tulane University).  The Hogan Jazz Archive is a renowned resource for New Orleans Jazz research. The collection includes oral histories, recorded music, photographs and film, and sheet music and orchestrations. The archive also maintain files of manuscripts, clippings, and bibliographic references.
  • Yahoo Jazz Directory: Everything from artists and labels to transcriptions and magazines.

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JEWISH MUSIC

  • Jewish Music WebCenter Home Page.  The purpose of the Jewish Music WebCenter is to provide a forum for gathering and presenting information on academic, organizational, and personal activities in Jewish music today. Information is provided to encourage, and support the enjoyment, study, creation and pursuit of knowledge of Jewish music.
  • Research in Jewish Music (JWMC).  This is a guide to library research in the field of Jewish music. It contains a selective list of resources that may be helpful for getting started.
  • Yiddish Sheet Music Collection (Brandeis University Library, Special Collections).  The collection includes Yiddish sheet music written for the Yiddish stage, Yiddish and Hebrew folksongs, as well as cantorial compositions.

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LATIN-AMERICAN MUSIC

  • Latin American Music Center (Indiana University).  The Latin American Music Center fosters the research and performance of Latin American art music and performance of the repertory. Founded in 1961 by distinguished composer and musicologist Juan Orrego-Salas, the center has established an important library, has promoted exchanges between musicians and scholars from the United States and Latin America, and commissioned, performed, and recorded exemplary music.

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LIBRARIES AND SCHOOLS OF MUSIC

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LIBRARY USE - GUIDES

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CLASSIFICATION AND SUBJECT HEADINGS

UNIFORM TITLES

  • Principles of Uniform Titles (Indiana University School of Music).  Libraries use music uniform titles in their catalog records to uniquely identify and to collocate similar printed and recorded musical works by a composer. Music uniform titles are a device by which musical scores and recordings may be found more easily in a library's catalog. However, if they are to be employed effectively, music uniform titles must be understood by the user of the catalog. The following principles and examples should help you to familiarize yourself with the conventions and meanings of music uniform titles.
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MUSIC AND TECHNOLOGY

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MUSIC IN FICTION

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MUSIC THEORY

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MUSIC VENDORS

  • Harrassowitz Music Services
    Several useful databases can be viewed from these pages:

    Scores database (primarily European Editions)

    Monuments of Music from Europe contains the most important Monuments of Music from Europe, including those of Eastern European countries and Israel. New volumes which are in preparation and the total number of volumes planned (as far as known from the publishers) are given for each work.

    Composers' Collected Editions from Europe includes the larger collected editions of composers which are currently in the process of being published. EXCLUDED are: most of the older Russian collected editions (e.g. Dunaevskii, Prokofiev, Chaikovskii), since many of the volumes from these works have not been available for quite some time; all of the Leipzig, Breitkopf & Härtel collected editions (e.g. Cornelius, Händel, Palestrina), reprinted on demand by Gregg in England, although these may be purchased from us; most collected editions which are currently published or reprinted in non-European countries (we have included a few titles from Israel and Japan).

    Pepper Music Network
    An American music dealer that provides an online ordering service for music educators. Electronic versions of several publishers catalogs. Links to other sites

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MUSICALS AND MUSICAL THEATER

  • Internet Broadway Database. IBDB provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today.
  • ASCAP's Ace on the Web. Database of song titles, composers, lyricists, performers, and publishers. Includes publishers' addresses.
  • BMI's HyperRepertoire. Database of song titles, composers, lyricists, performers, and publishers. Includes publishers' addresses.  (Scroll down to find HyperRepertoire Song Search window).
  • Links to Popular Song Indexes (Anna Seaberg, King County Library).
  • SESAC's Repertory.  Database of song or composition titles, writers, publishers, and artists.  Includes publishers' addresses.
  • Theater & Dance Guide (this is a research guide developed at Yale)
  • UT Song Index (University of Tennessee-Knoxville). This is a publicly available database providing access to citations for about 50,000 songs in more than 1,500 published song anthologies.
  • Popular Songs in Collections Database (University of Washington).  Indexes songs "that are not in the following: Where's That Tune?, Popular Song Index, Songs in Collections, Index to Song Books." Includes a list of collections indexed and and alphabetical index of song titles.

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MUSICOLOGY

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OPERA

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ORGANIZATIONS

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PERIODICALS

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POPULAR MUSIC

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PRONUNCIATION

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PUBLISHERS

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ROCK

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SACRED MUSIC

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SCORES ONLINE

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SHEET MUSIC COLLECTIONS

  • 19th-Century American Sheet Music Digitization Project (University of North Carolina)
  • African-American Sheet Music from Brown University  (Part of the American Memory Project.) This collection consists of 1,305 pieces of African-American sheet music dating from 1850 through 1920.
  • American Memory Collections:  Performing Arts (Library of Congress)
  • American Popular Song Sheet Covers, 1890-1922 (NYPL) Thousands of examples of covers.
  • American Song Sheets (Duke University) Approximately 1800 broadsides and song sheets from nineteenth-century America.
  • Archive of Popular American Music: Sheet music from the UCLA Performing Arts
  • Bagaduce Music Lending Library (Blue Hill, Maine).  Their mission is to collect, preserve and lend printed sheet music and scores, and to provide music education programs.
  • Gaylord Music Library list of Sheet Music Collections (Washington University, St. Louis). 
  • Historic American Sheet Music (Duke University).  The Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University holds a significant collection of 19th and early 20th century American sheet music. The Historic American Sheet Music Project provides access to digital images of 3042 pieces from the collection, published in the United States between 1850 and 1920.
  • Indiana University - Sheet Music.  Indexes some of the more than 150,000 pieces of sheet music in several collections; includes those which have been digitized.
  • Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection (John Hopkins University).  The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music is part of Special Collections at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library of The Johns Hopkins University. It is comprised of popular American music spanning the period 1780 to 1960. The over 26,000 pieces of music in the Levy Collection are indexed on this site, and images of the cover and music are available for pieces of music more than 75 years old.
  • Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1870-1885 (Library of Congress Music Division).  Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1870-1885 consists of tens of thousands of pieces of sheet music registered for copyright during the post-Civil War era. Included are popular songs, piano music, sacred music and secular choral music, solo instrumental music, method books and instructional materials, and music for band and orchestra. This first release of the online collection consists of over 22,000 musical compositions registered for copyright during the years 1870 to 1879. The second online collection release (scheduled for the Fall of 1999) will make available an additional 23,000 titles registered during the years 1880 to 1885.
  • Sheet Music Collections (MLA Sheet Music Roundtable).  Annotated lists of collections with links to indexes or digital music sites.
  • Sheet Music Consortium. An Open Archives Initiative collection of digitized sheet music from a group of libraries, including the Library of Congress, the National Library of Australia, Duke University, Indiana University, Johns Hopkins University, UCLA, and the University of Maine.
  • Sheet Music from Canada's Past (Library and Archives Canada).

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SOUND RECORDINGS

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STYLE GUIDES FOR CITING ELECTRONIC RESOURCES

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THEMES

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VOCAL MUSIC

CHORUSES

GENERAL

LYRICS

OPERA  see above

SONGS

  • ASCAP's Ace on the Web. Database of song titles, composers, lyricists, performers, and publishers. Includes publishers' addresses.
  • BMI's HyperRepertoire. Database of song titles, composers, lyricists, performers, and publishers. Includes publishers' addresses.  (Scroll down to find HyperRepertoire Song Search window).
  • Links to Popular Song Indexes (Anna Seaberg, King County Library).
  • SESAC's Repertory.  Database of song or composition titles, writers, publishers, and artists.  Includes publishers' addresses.
  • UT Song Index (University of Tennessee-Knoxville). This is a publicly available database providing access to citations for about 50,000 songs in more than 1,500 published song anthologies.
  • Popular Songs in Collections Database (University of Washington).  Indexes songs "that are not in the following: Where's That Tune?, Popular Song Index, Songs in Collections, Index to Song Books." Includes a list of collections indexed and and alphabetical index of song titles.

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WOMEN

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WORLD MUSIC

  • Archive of World Music (Harvard University).  The Archive of World Music is a special collection of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library at Harvard University. It is devoted to collecting commercial and field recordings of ethnic and folk musics, with a special emphasis on the musics of Asia and the Middle East. It also has substantial holdings of Anglo-American ballads and songs.
  • Ethnomusicology, Folkmusic, and World Music (University of Washington).  1) Organizations,Institutions, Archives; 2) Bibliography, Periodicals and Online Publications; 3) Recordings: Labels and Distributers; 4) Sites by Geographical Region 5) Dancing and Dance Music.
  • Folk and Non-Western Music Sources (UC-Santa Barbara).
  • Global Music Archive: GMA (Vanderbilt University) The GMA's primary mission is to provide access to sound recordings and images of
    indigenous music from communities in Africa and the Americas. The GMA recently launched its first database in a series of databases, the Digital Collection of East African Recordings which contains over 2,000 discrete musical performances recorded by an East African musicologist, Centurio Balikoowa.
  • Music from Africa and the African diaspora
  • Smithsonian Folkways Database
  • Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican-American Recordings: A collection of 78rpm phonograph recordings from the largest repository of Mexican and Mexican-American vernacular recordings in existence.

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OTHER LISTS OF LINKS TO INTERNET RESOURCES ON MUSIC

Comprehensive Lists of Music Web Sites:

Other Lists of Music Links:

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Based on a page originally created by Mickey Koth. Last revised 7/06/2009 by Remi Castonguay.