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Music Bibliographic Databases

  • Archive of Dissertation Abstracts in Music, maintained by Geoffrey Chew (Royal Holloway, University of London).
  • Australian Music Centre Library, the most comprehensive collection of Australian contemporary compositions in the world. Includes works by more than 300 Australian composers (scores, sets of performance parts, sound recordings, videos, books, etc.).
  • Bach Bibliography: Research Publication on the Internet, a database of more than 17,000 books, articles, facsimiles, dissertations, and papers read at recognized conferences and meetings. Site maintained by Yo Tomita.
  • Beethoven Bibliography Database at San Jose State University.
  • Bibliography of Swedish Music Literature, a database of the Documentation Centre at the Music Library of Sweden. It covers books, articles in all Swedish music periodicals (except fanzines), articles on music in other periodicals, contributions to collective volumes, record liner notes (when substantial), selected documents on the Internet, reviews, etc.
  • Boethius Server, includes the Society for Music Theory online bibliographic database and Electronic Discussion Forum archives (full text).
  • British Song Database, a cornucopia of information on over 6,000 song cycles, sets, albums, collections and individual songs, representing a body of song literature from the end of the 16th century to the present. In addition to English songs, there are Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Canadian, Australian, and South African songs.
  • CAIRSS for Music, a bibliographic database of psychomusicological and biomedical research literature relating to music and musicians (including Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and Wagner).
  • Canadian Music Periodical Index is an index to Canadian music periodical literature which provides bibliographic sources for information on all aspects of musical activity in Canada. Updated monthly, the database currently includes more than 25,000 entries indexed from 475 Canadian music journals, newsletters and magazines from the late nineteenth century to the present day.
  • CANTUS, a database for Gregorian chant made up of indices of chants in selected manuscripts and early printed sources of the Divine Office. Originally developed at the Catholic University of America, this database is now housed and maintained at the Faculty of Music of the University of Western Ontario. Site maintained by Debra Lacoste.
  • Composers' Catalogues of Works, biographical information (in French) and the complete catalog of works for J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Berlioz, Buxtehude, Chopin, Debussy, César Franck, Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Ravel , Schumann, Telemann and Vivaldi. Pages created and maintained by Robert Poliquin.
  • Concert Programmes Project Online Database (Cardiff University and the Royal College of Music): Documents the holdings of some 5,500 collections of music-related performance ephemera dating from 1690 to the present daym, held by 53 institutions--major libraries, archives and museums--in selected regional centres throughout the UK and Ireland.
  • Concert Life in Nineteenth-Century London Database, an inter-university research project of Oxford Brookes University, University of Huddersfield, and University of London Goldsmiths College. Page maintained by Paul Dibley.
  • Digital Mozart Edition, operated by the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum in cooperation with the Packard Humanities Institute is to make Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's musical compositions widely and conveniently accessible to the public, for personal study and for educational and classroom use.
  • Dissertations in Music Theory, an index and abstracts of completed doctoral dissertations in music theory. Maintained by Music Theory Online, a Journal of Criticism, the refereed, electronic journal of the Society for Music Theory.
  • Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology - Online presents all records of dissertations-in-progress and completed dissertations reported since mid-1995. As previously published records are converted from the original printed editions, they will be added to the database.
  • European Organ Index, a tool with which you can search various European organ databases at the same time. Project sponsored by the European Union under the Raphael Programme.
  • Handwritten Sources of the Theory of Music in the Middle Ages, a general list of more than 1200 known manuscripts. This database provides information concerning the date, origin, source, and RISM reference of each entry. In time, this database will constitute an electronic version of the series B III of the International Repertory of the Musical Sources (RISM).
  • International Inventory of Villancico Texts (IIVT) currently includes information on about 22,000 villancicos from the collection of imprints at the Biblioteca Nacional in Madrid and manuscripts in a number of Iberian archives. Compiled by Dr. Paul Laird, University of Kansas.
  • Peter Martin's lute and early music books database.
  • Monumenta Musicae Byzantinae, a large collection of Byzantine chant-related microfilms and photographs housed at the University of Copenhagen.  This online inventory is primarily intended as a tool for identification of sources containing specific repertoires of Byzantine Chant.
  • Music and Science Information Computer Archive (MuSICA), a database of scientific research (references & abstracts) on music as related to behavior, the brain and allied fields.
  • Music and Theatre Library of Sweden Utile Dulci; Fallén Collection; Rare Collections; Mazer Collection; Alströmer Collection; Sack Collection; Swedish lute; archives of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music; d'Otrante Collection; Boije Collection; Leuhusen Collection; Royal Opera collection; Hallardt Collection; Daniel Fryklund; Fryklund Collection; Oxenstierna Collection; Early music theory, history; manuscripts RISM Centre ; German Church Collection; digitized music; Rare Collections; Swedish RISM centre; personal archives and collections; IAML archives.
  • Music Libraries Online, a union catalogue for music materials in British libraries. 
  • Musica International Database of Choral Music, contains bibliographic references to more than 80,000 (October 2001) choral music scores from around the world.
  • Musical Borrowing, an annotated bibliography of writings on the use of borrowed material in musical composition, including: transcription, variations, quotation, cantus firmus technique, paraphrase, imitation/parody, modeling, allusion, and other ways to rework existing music, from troping and organum to collage and electronic manipulation.  Edited by J. Peter Burkholder, Andreas Giger, and David C. Birchler.
  • National Library Service of Italy Data Bank (SBN) includes the music database containing over 300,000 records for printed and handwritten musical documents from the 16th century onwards kept in over 500 public and private collections. It can be considered the main source of information for the national retrospective bibliography of printed music. From this page you can also access the database of Italy's national sound archive.
  • Organ Database - International Organ Foundation, 5,000+ entries (unfortunately not always up-to-date) with search and filter functions.
  • Renaissance Liturgical Imprints: A Census (RELICS) is a database of information about worship books printed before 1601. Based upon personal inspections of books in most of the major research libraries of the United States and also libraries in a few selected European cities, it includes information on over 9,700 titles. Project directed by Dr. David Crawford, University of Michigan.
  • Sixteenth-Century Printed Tablatures for the Lute, Guitar, and Vihuela, a database of information about printed tablatures for plucked-string instruments from 1500-1599. It is primarily concerned with bibliographical information relating to lute, vihuela, and guitar tablatures; it also contains information on four lesser-known instruments: the cittern, the bandora, the mandora, and the orpharion. Page by Gary R. Boye.
  • Wighton Database, an online catalog to one of the world's finest collections of early Scottish music. Includes a large selection of rare English, Irish and Welsh volumes, with RISM entries in abundance, and many unique items.
  • Zam'ru: The Jewish Choral Music Database lists choral works by Bernstein, Bloch, Mihaud, Mussorgsky, Schoenberg and dozens of other musicians who composed works based on Jewish themes. Page maintained by Andrew Greene.

Online Music Resources