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A Guide to Music

Music Databases

Canadian Music Periodical Index 

  • citations from over 600 Canadian music journals, newsletters and magazines from the late 19th century to the present

Classical Scores Library 

  • currently contains 13,956 scores (292,823 pages) from both in-copyright and public domain editions of music scores
  • major composers, as well as many lesser known composers and works from the Renaissance to the 21st century
  • content in the database includes in-copyright material from Boosey and Hawkes and selected material from the University Music Editions microfilm series

Music Index

  • citations to scholarly and popular music articles, as well as numerous reviews for books and sound recordings
  • 1.5 million articles from 875 international music periodicals

Naxos Music Library 

  • online collection of recorded classical, jazz and world music delivered via streaming audio
  • also includes CD covers, track listings, liner notes, composer biographical information, opera synopses and libretti
  • over 37,000 discs and over 540,000 tracks as of November 2009

Oxford Music Online (includes Grove Music Online) 

  • the leading online resource for music research
  • scholarly encyclopedia articles covering  classical, opera, jazz, popular music, etc.
  • composers, performers, conductors, individual works, instruments and notation, forms and genres
  • contents:
    • Grove Music Online: The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, including updates
    • Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th ed., Colin Larkin, ed.: popular music of all genres and periods from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music
    • The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 2nd ed. rev., Michael Kennedy, ed.: 12,500 entries covering musical subjects of all kinds
    • The Oxford Companion to Music, Alison Latham, ed.: a concentrated focus on the Western classic tradition, from the Middle Ages to the present day

Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries

  • online collection of recorded sound, including folk, popular, classical and world music, speeches, and oral histories, delivered via streaming audio
  • browse by musical instrument, geographic area, or topic, e.g. American folk traditions, blues, bluegrass and old-time country, American Indian traditions, world traditions (by continent), jazz, classical, spoken word, sound effects.
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