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The acquisition of medieval liturgical chant manuscripts that trace the history of music notation as it evolved over half a millennium, became a major collection priority in the Music Division beginning in the 1920s. One century later, we are fortunate to feature in this digital presentation over fifty of our chant manuscripts (e.g., antiphonaries, graduals, processionals, etc.) containing music intended for use during the rituals of the Roman Catholic Mass and Divine Office.
Contains 4291 song sheets. Included among these American songs are ninety-seven British song sheets from Dublin and London. The collection spans the period from the turn of the nineteenth century to the 1880s, although a majority of the song sheets were published during the height of the craze, from the 1850s to the 1870s. Held by the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress.
The Library of Congress serves as the repository for the Gerry Mulligan Collection, which it obtained in the late 1990s. Consisting of approximately 700 items, the collection includes original scores, lead sheets, sketches, arrangements and parts, photographs, sound recordings, correspondence and papers relating to different concerts and projects, and an oral autobiography which Mulligan recorded shortly before he died. In this initial Web offering, the Library of Congress is making available excerpts from his autobiography and selected scores and sound recordings.
Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG) is a general encyclopedia of music. MGG is encyclopedic in the true sense of that term: it offers in-depth articles on every aspect of music as well as many related areas such as literature, philosophy, and visual arts. MGG Online contains the second print edition of MGG, published from 1994 to 2008, as well as current, continuous online updates and additions.
The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music is widely regarded as an authoritative academic source for ethnomusicology. It takes a cultural approach to the music of all the world's people and is arranged topically, regionally, or by ethnic group.
Academic Video Online is the most comprehensive video subscription available to libraries. It delivers more than 66,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more.
A comprehensive, ongoing guide to publications on music from all over the world, is an indispensable tool for scholars, students, librarians, performers, teachers, and music lovers. RILM includes over 570,000 records covering all document types: articles, books, bibliographies, catalogues, dissertations, Festschriften, iconographies, critical commentaries to complete works, ethnographic recordings, conference proceedings, electronic resources, reviews, and more.
Formerly known as The International Index to Music Periodicals, Music Periodicals Database is a music journal resource with almost 800,000 indexed articles, plus detailed abstracts and full text from 1874 to the present, covering the scholarly to the popular.
As the only electronic resource for individual pieces of music published in standard scholarly editions, IPM provides detailed indexing, making it an invaluable resource for music researchers and students. Included is music from ancient Greek times to the present, with content searchable by composer name or ID, editor, genre, language, librettist, publisher name, series, and more.
Formerly known as the International Index to Performing Arts, the Performing Arts Periodicals Database provides indexing and abstracts for a wide range of journals from 1864 to the present covering theatre, dance, film, stagecraft, musical theatre, television, performance art, storytelling, opera, pantomime, puppetry, magic, and other performing arts.
The Contemporary Composers Web Archive is a newly launched initiative by the music librarians at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Princeton, and Yale universities, MIT, and the universities of Chicago and Pennsylvania (collectively known as the Borrow Direct Music Librarians Group) and operates under the auspices of Columbia University Libraries and Information Services.
This website provides links to substantial open-access projects of use to musicians and musicologists. With a burgeoning number of digital resources available, remembering titles of sites and pathways to them can be difficult. Digital Resources in Musicology (DRM) is organized topically and provides a rapid search tool for specialties within heterogeneous collections. Neither the links or their descriptions are exhaustive. Older projects predating the development of the internet are listed at ADAM: Archive of Digital Applications in Musicology. Curated digital and hybrid editions are itemized at EVE: Electronic and Virtual Editions. Harvard's Online Resources for Music Scholars offer a somewhat different, largely complementary mix of projects.
The International Music Score Library Project, also know as the Petrucci Music Library, is a database of music scores in the public domain. IMSLP contains over 300,000 scores from over 14,000 composers.
Naxos Music Library is the world´s largest online classical music library. Currently, it offers streaming access to more than 84,150 CDs with more than 1,211,900 tracks, standard and rare repertoire. Over 800 new CDs are added to the library every month.
Opening Night! Opera & Oratorio Premieres is a cross-index of data for over 38,000 opera and oratorio premieres. It allows complex searches across multiple categories or simple browsing within any single category, such as genre, composer, librettist, premiere date, country, oratorio subject, or theater. The database is linked to SearchWorks, Stanford University Libraries catalog, allowing users to easily find related scores, recordings, and writings.
This database will contain 250 of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon. This release includes 148 videos, equalling 318 hours.
The Opera Platform is an initiative of Opera Europa developed in partnership with ARTE and fifteen opera houses/festivals from across Europe.
As part of a project funded by the European Commission, these fifteen opera partners will contribute a live or recent productions to The Opera Platform on a monthly basis. The productions will be subtitled in six languages and be enriched with a selection of additional content.
The Web Library of Seventeenth-Century Music is a service offered by the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music to its members and to the musical community at large. It presents new scholarly editions of seventeenth-century compositions that have remained unpublished or that are not available commercially.
The Women Composers Collection of the University of Michigan contains the works of more than 700 composers. Much of the content is rare or unique and contains nearly 250 manuscripts. The link leads to a browsable and searchable spreadsheet.
ARTstor is a nonprofit digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. These community-built collections comprise contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates. Includes musical instruments and concert halls, etc.
The Beethoven Gateway is a free online resource that helps direct people interested in Beethoven to books, articles, scores, and other sources on the composer. Although it functions primarily as a catalog of the collections of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, its also serves the broader purpose of providing a comprehensive and fully-indexed bibliography of materials relating to Beethoven, from a wide range of subject areas.
Download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images—right now, without asking. With new platforms and tools, you have easier access to nearly 3 million 2D and 3D digital items from our collections—with many more to come. This includes images and data from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo.