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Arts & Humanities (ProQuest)

This database covers humanities broadly:  Art, Architecture, Design, History, Philosophy, Music, Literature, Theatre, and Cultural Studies,  1973 - Present.

Arts Premium Collection

The Arts Premium Collection encompasses cross-searchable databases with thousands of journal titles, ensuring deep searches of extensive collections in specialist subject areas not covered in more general databases. Subject areas include: Art, Design, Architecture, Humanities, Film/Screen Studies, Music, Performing Arts, and more. With international coverage, and access to the definitive indexes in these fields, the Arts Premium Collection supports academic inquiry and is a rich source for comprehensive arts literature reviews.

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Classical Music in Video

Streaming video of performances of including performances by leading orchestras, chamber music, oratorio, and solo performances, along with master classes and interviews with master teachers from around the world.  Includes historical figures.

Classical Music Library

Includes tracks of classical music recordings for listening, browsing, and searching, benchmarked against the Music Library Association's listing of essential sound recordings. Also includes program notes, composer biographies, and images cross-referenced to the recordings. Recommended playlists are presented by themes and categories. Years of Coverage: Medieval to current

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Classical Scores Library

Classical scores, both public-domain and in-copyright, including selections from Boosey and Hawkes and the University Music Editions Microfilm series.

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Garland Encyclopedia of World Music

The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online is a comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of  the world’s many cultures. It contains more than 9,000 pages of material and 300 audio recordings, as well as entries by more than 700 expert contributors from many countries.

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Index to Printed Music

The Index to Printed Music (IPM) is an online resource for finding individual pieces of music printed in standard scholarly editions. The database has received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. IPM records with detailed indexing include, but are not limited to composers, poets, librettists, performing forces (medium), formats, and genres .A separate collection authority link makes it possible to search for titles of music collections, as well as individual compositions.

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IPA Source

IPA Source was developed to benefit singers, teachers, and all those interested in the correct and knowledgeable performance of vocal literature. It offers texts to works for the solo voice in Latin, Italian, German, French, Spanish, and English.

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Jazz Music Library

Jazz Music Library is a large, comprehensive collection of streaming jazz available online — with thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres

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Music Index

Cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts of articles about music, musicians, and the music industry from periodicals; includes book reviews, obituaries, news.

Music Online

Classical, jazz, and world audio recordings; opera, dance, and classical music videos; and classical scores, both public-domain and in-copyright, including selections from Boosey and Hawkes and the University Music Editions Microfilm series. Contains all content of Classical Music Library, Jazz Music Library, Smithsonian Global Sound, Classical Scores Library, Classical Music in Video, Opera in Video, and Dance in Video databases

Music Periodicals Database (formerly IIMP)

About International Index to Music Periodicals: Articles in a broad range of music subject areas from both scholarly and popular music periodicals Years of Coverage: 1874 to present, most from 1996 onwards

Music-in-Print Series Online (e-Music Quest)

Find citations for music in print in the areas of sacred choral, secular choral, classical vocal, organ, orchestral, string, classical guitar, woodwinds, piano, band, brass, percussion, recorder, handbells, chamber, popular, jazz. Years of Coverage: 1975 - Current

Musical Theater Songs

MusicalTheaterSongs.com draws from 150 years of musical theater repertoire, ranging from well-known standards to rare pieces. The interface allows up to 20-plus parameters (voice type, character age, range, ease for accompanist, descriptive characteristics, etc.) to generate a tailored list of songs from the database. It also provides links to various sites to make it simple to buy, rent, trade or download  sheet music and recordings.

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Naxos Music Library

including Naxos, BIS, Chandos, CPO, Haenssler, Hungaroton, Marco Polo, Vanguard Classics, VOX, ARC, and Celestial Harmonies. Create personalized playlists.

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On the Boards

High-quality videos of full-length performances by some of today’s most provocative artists working in dance, theater, music and other forms that defy categorization.

Opera in Video

Opera in Video contains opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon.

Oxford Bibliographies - Music

This resource combines the best features of a high-level encyclopedia. Articles written and reviewed by top scholars in the field.

Oxford Music Online

Full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. Part of Oxford Music Online, which also contains the Encyclopedia of Popular Music, the Oxford Dictionary of Music and the Oxford Companion to Music. Selected articles from New Grove Dictionary of American Music.

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ProQuest Primary Source Collection

This collection contains 300 multidisciplinary resources including primary source documents, archival collections, government documents, periodicals, newspapers, video and more.

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RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

Comprehensive international music bibliography featuring citations, abstracts, and indexes for traditional, popular, and classical music. Covers all document types including articles, books, bibliographies, catalogues, dissertations, Festschriften, iconographies, critical commentaries to complete works, ethnographic recordings, conference proceedings, electronic resources, reviews, and more. Conference proceedings coverage begins in 1835; coverage for all other document types begin in 1967.

RISM Series A/II: Music Manuscripts after 1600

Annotated index and guide to more than 620,000 music manuscripts by over 22,500 composers in over 800 libraries and archives in 32 countries. Most of RISM is found in print in the music reference section at MusicLib Ref ML113.I6, but A/II is only available online. The RISM project aims to comprehensively document the world's musical sources of manuscripts or printed music, works on music theory, and libretti stored in libraries, archives, monasteries, schools and private collections.

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Smithsonian Global Sound

Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries, produced in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, provides online recordings of the world's musical and aural traditions.