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Music Bibliographic Databases

  • 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.
  • Bibliographie des Musikschrifttums online. An international and interactive bibliography of literature on music edited by the Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung Preußischer Kuturbesitz (State Institute of Music Research). Printed volumes (ML113 .B5) cover the period 1950-1988 plus a few years in the 1930s. Publication was suspended during the Second World War. Currently, the Bibliographie des Musikschrifttums provides bibliographic data from 1950 to the present. It includes monographs, articles and reviews from journals, Festschriften, congress proceedings, yearbooks, anthologies and essays from critical reports. Main sources are national bibliographies, journals, monographs and subject bibliographies. Contributions from journals with an interdiscplinary view on music are considered for inclusion. Each year the editors check some 600 sources and add approximately 10,000 titles. Conversion is in progress of the analog data from the periods 1936-1941 and 1976-1985. The site is available in English and German. Search terms are searched not only as author and title keywords but also as subject headings.
  • 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 is a database that assembles indices of the Latin ecclesiastical chants found in early manuscript and printed sources for the liturgical Office, such as antiphoners and breviaries. This digital archive benefits scholars in a variety of fields including ecclesiastical monody, the sacred polyphony of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, liturgical drama, hagiography, paleography, philology, ecclesiastical history and the history of monasticism, as well as performers of this early music (including church musicians and directors of liturgy), librarians and archivists.
  • 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.
  • 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 Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology (DDM) is an international database of bibliographic records for completed dissertations and new dissertation topics in the fields of musicology, music theory, and ethnomusicology, as well as in related musical, scientific, and humanistic disciplines.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • MusRef An online bibliography of music reference and research sources, containing more than 7,300 citations and updating many of the listings found in Vincent H. Duckles' and Ida Reed's Music Reference and Research Materials: An Annotated Bibliography, 5th ed. (New York: Schirmer Books, 1997; call no. MUR ML113 .D83 1997). The site, maintained at Brigham Young University, also features a blog and other offerings
  • Renaissance Liturgical Imprints: A Census, This is a database of information about worship books printed before 1601. This project was developed at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and The National Endowment for the Humanities funded early years of the work. It is now supported by the University of Michigan.
  • Music for the Lute, Guitar, and Vihuela (1470-1799). Compiled by Dr. Gary R. Boye, Music Librarian, Appalachian State University, The list contains basic bibliographical information for as many of these tablatures as I can find. Sources used include various volumes in the Répertoire international des sources musicales (RISM) series, the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2000), and Howard Mayer Brown's Instrumental Music Printed before 1600: A Bibliography (Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1965). A variety of other sources were used as well, cited in the bibliographies for each entry, and new sources have come to light since the publication of the core bibliographic works.
  • 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.