Music Bibliographic Databases
Bibliographic databases contain bibliographic records with analytical content as opposed to the catalogs of libraries that contain, usually, descriptions of items.
- Archive of Dissertation Abstracts in Music
This archive is maintained by J. P. E. Harper-Scott. The abstracts relate both to completed dissertations and to those in progress.
- 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
The Bach Bibliography contains records of international literature and scholarship relating to J. S. Bach. The database allows users to search through approximately 77,000 titles (as of December 2020).
- Beethoven Bibliography Database
The Beethoven Bibliography Database (BBD) is an open-access database that contains detailed bibliographical records for books and articles about Beethoven in many languages. It also includes peripheral literature on other topics that includes Beethoven content. The literature indexed ranges from the early 19th century to the present. Content is added continually in a systematic manner.
- Bibliographie des Musikschrifttums online.
The Bibliographie des Musikschrifttums online (Bibliography of Music Literature on-line) is an international and interactive bibliography of music literature. This bibliographic reference tool is edited by the » Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin, and may be used free of charge. It is the continuation of the printed bibliographic indexes which stop with the volume published in 2001 that contains information on material published in 1988. Currently, BMS has more than 415,000 records of music literature. BMS is supplemented by the » OLC Musicology, which incorporates the contents of some 180 music journals from 1993 onward. On » ViFaMusik, the German gateway for music research, you can find a wealth of additional resources.
- Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology
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.
- Canadian Music Periodical Index
The Canadian Music Periodical Index (CMPI) is an index of articles from Canadian music periodicals. Full texts of articles are not available from this site, but you can inquire about them in person at LAC or at your local ibrary. The CMPI database includes over 37,000 entries on articles dating from the late-19th century to the present day. Canadian music journals, newsletters and magazines are represented here, almost 200 of which are currently active and continue to be indexed. The CMPI database focusses on articles and news items touching on various aspects of music in Canada.
Cantus is a database of the Latin chants found in manuscripts and early printed books, primarily from medieval Europe. This searchable digital archive holds inventories of antiphoners and breviaries -- the main sources for the music sung in the Latin liturgical Office -- as well as graduals and other sources for music of the Mass. 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).
- Jewish Choral Music - A Select Bibliography
A select bibliography of music from a wide variety of Jewish traditions and experiences.
- Musica International - The Virtual Choral Library
Developed and distributed by Musica International (non-profit organization), this multimedia, multilingual and collaborative database of choral repertoire is one of the richest sources of information in the world.
- Musical Borrowing: An Annotated Bibliography
Summarizes writings addressing 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 J. Peter Burkholder and colleagues at the Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature, Indiana University.
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
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.
- Oxford Music Online
Home of Grove Music Online, the world’s premier online music encyclopedia, offering comprehensive coverage of music, musicians, music-making, and music scholarship.
- RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature is a comprehensive bibliography of writings about music, featuring bibliographic citations, abstracts, and indexing. It covers publications in all document types from around the world on traditional music, popular music, jazz, classical music, and related subjects.
- UT Analysis Index
The Analysis Index provides access to program notes and descriptions or analyses of musical compositions in books owned by the University of Tennessee Music Library.
- Last updated: 6/12/2023