Music Bibliographic Databases
of Dissertation Abstracts in Music, maintained by Geoffrey Chew
(Royal Holloway, University of London).
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.
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.
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
- 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.
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
- 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