Full-Text Music Databases
- Allmusic , contains basic data (names, genres, credits, copyright information, product numbers), descriptive content (styles, tones, moods, themes, nationalities), relational content (similar artists and albums, influences) and editorial content (biographies, reviews, rankings).
- Ardal Powell's 18th-century Flute Database, contains listings for about 1,700 instruments, with details of attribution, maker's mark, materials, keys, and reports in the literature.
- Aria Database,
a searchable reference guide to arias by name, opera, language, and voice
type; including word-by-word translations into English, libretti, and
MIDI files for many of the arias. The Database includes the complete
set of operatic arias of Verdi and Puccini, as well as many others.
Here you will find more than 1,275 arias, 380 English translations, and
220 midi files. Page maintained by Robert Glaubitz.
- BestEverAlbums.com is a database whose prime purpose is to establish and rank the greatest music albums of all time and surface these to site visitors.
- Choral Public Domain Library is a sheet music archive which focuses on choral and vocal music in the public domain or otherwise freely available for printing and performing (such as via permission from the copyright holder).
- Discogs is a user-generated database of physical/digital releases, artists, and labels.
- Encyclopedia of Music in Canada is the most wide-ranging and scholarly resource on Canadian music. Available in both English and French.
- International Music Score Library Project (Petrucci Music Library) is a project for the creation of a virtual library of public domain music scores, based on the wiki principle.
- Lied and Song
Texts Page, an extensive archive of more than 18,000 texts to lieder
and other art songs in Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German,
Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian,
Slovak, Spanish, and Swedish. Page maintained by Emily Ezust.
- LyricWiki is a lyrical database-oriented website. Users on the site can view, edit, and discuss the lyrics of songs, which are also available for purchase from links on the site. The site is powered by MediaWiki and is searchable by song, artist, album, genre, hometown, label, and language.
- MuseData (at Stanford
University's Center for Computer Assisted
Research in the Humanities) is a collection of full-text databases
of music for several composers, including J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Corelli,
Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Telemann, and Vivaldi. It is intended that
these databases be used for music printing, music analysis, and production
of electronic sound files. Here you will also find CCARH's Classical Themefinder.
- Musopen is an online music library of copyright-free (public domain) music.
- Mutopia Project offers sheet music editions of classical music for free download. These are based on editions in the public domain, and include works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Handel, Mozart, and many others.
- National Pipe Organ Register (University of Cambridge) provides locations, builders, dates and technical information for many/most of Britain's historic pipe organs.
Dictionary of Music and Musicians, a phonetic system devised by E.
Douglas Brown of the staff of WOI Radio at Iowa State University.
The dictionary, with more than 27,000 entries, is available in the Acrobat
Portable Document Format (PDF) and in WordPerfect.
- saggi musicali
italiani (SMI) is a database of texts on Italian music theory and
aesthetics. Following the model of the Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum
(TML), the SMI's goal is to make all these texts available in electronic
form, allowing them to be downloaded, browsed, and searched. As
of now, the SMI includes only selected sources, but it will eventually
comprise all printed materials from the Renaissance to the present.
- Texts on Music
in English from the Medieval and Early Modern Eras (TME), an evolving
database designed to extend the Thesaurus
Musicarum Latinarum (TML). The database will eventually
comprise all relevant manuscript and printed materials from the Middle
Ages to the 17th century.
- Thesaurus Musicarum
Latinarum (TML) is an evolving database that will eventually contain
the entire corpus of Latin music theory written during the Middle Ages
and the Renaissance.
Precum Latinarum is a collection of Latin prayers and hymns with English
translations and commentaries by Michael Martin.
Online Music Resources