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Music Research Guide - Online Resources

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Encyclopedias and Dictionaries


Grove Music Online Access restricted to the Concordia community
Grove Music Online is the most important and complete music encyclopedia. The web version includes the full text of three different encyclopedias: The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (second edition; 29 volumes), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (4 volumes) and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (second edition; 3 volumes). It is an excellent source to start your research. You will find here biographies of composers, performers, musicologists, music ensembles, etc., including lists of works and bibliographies, as well as information on important music works, topics and theory concepts. Over 500 musical examples, in notation or in sound, are also available.
Jazz Discography Online Access restricted to the Concordia community (on-campus access only)
Discography created and maintained by Tom Lord including 175,000 jazz recording sessions from 1896 to today. It can be searched by musician, leader, record label, song, recording date, instrument, nationality of musicians, etc.
Encyclopedia of Music in Canada
The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada aims to describe Canada's musical heritage and culture in all its breadth and depth: the past and present manifestations of popular, folk, religious, concert, and other forms of music, as well as the educational, critical, administrative, and commercial aspects of music in Canada. Includes more than 4,000 articles, photographs and audio and video clips, on composers, performers, ensembles, musicologists, educators, events, institutions, etc.
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music Access restricted to the Concordia community
"[Provides] thousands of entries on musical terms, works, composers, librettists, musicians, singers, and orchestras, the dictionary's coverage is exceptional, giving comprehensive work-lists for major composers, detailed entries on living composers and performers, important ballets and operas, as well as descriptions of musical instruments and their histories."
The Oxford Companion to Music Access restricted to the Concordia community
"Includes articles that range from clear, concise definitions of musical ideas and terms to extended surveys of musical forms and styles, with specialist coverage of virtually every musical subject. It places music in its social and cultural context, with a range of new entries on topics such as politics, religion, psychology, and computers. The book covers current research in and approaches to music, including analysis, theory, ethnomusicology, and performance practice. All varieties of musical forms are convered, including jazz, popular music, and dance."
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Opera Access restricted to the Concordia community
Provides "plot synopses and first performance details, bibliographies of works about opera, entries on singers (including their debuts and career highlights, with notes on voice type, style, and reputation), definitions and discussions of technical terms and operatic styles, and surveys of the history of opera worldwide are all included in a reference work that provides an enormous amount of information."
Who's Who in Opera Access restricted to the Concordia community
"Containing over 2,500 operatic characters, this guide gives plot synopses for over 250 operas and operettas, and details full information on each operatic role, including its creator and notable performers."
Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary
Dictionary of music terms developed by the Virginia Tech Music Department. Each term is accompanied by an AIFF sound file for prononciation. Musical examples are also provided for some entries.


Databases

Music Bibliographic DatabasesOther Bibliographic DatabasesAudio Databases


Music Bibliographic Databases

RILM - Abstracts of Music Literature Access restricted to the Concordia community
The first database to use to find articles about music. RILM is the most comprehensive music bibliographic database. It provides citation for international scholarly journals, magazines and newsletters articles, books, dissertations and thesis, reviews, festschriften, and conference proceedings dating from 1967 to the present day. It covers all genres and styles of music (e.g., classical, jazz, popular).
Canadian Music Periodicals Index (CMPI)
Main source to find articles on musical activity in Canada. Indexes articles from more than 500 Canadian music journals, magazines and newsletters dating from the late 19th century to the present day. This database is maintained by Library and Archives Canada.
International Index to the Performing Arts (IIPA) Full Text Access restricted to the Concordia community
Major source to find articles on opera, ballet, and musical theatre. Provides indexing and abstracts of articles from around 230 international periodicals ranging from 1864 to the present, plus full text for 73 journals. In addition to the subjects mentioned above, it covers a wide range of other subjects in the performing arts.
Fake Book Index
Useful source to identify in which book(s) you can find the song you are looking for. Indexes over 60 mostly jazz-oriented fake books.
Doctoral Dissertation in Music Online
"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."

The two following databases can be used to search several full-text music electronic journals simultaneously:

Project MUSE Access restricted to the Concordia community
Project MUSE provides access to important scholarly journals in arts, humanities and social sciences. Use the "Advanced Search" screen to limit your search to the 11 full-text music journals included in this database. To do so, select "All Muse Titles by Subject" in the "By Journal" drop-down menu, and then select "Music" in the list below.
JSTOR Access restricted to the Concordia community
JSTOR provides access to backfiles of important scholarly journals in many disciplines. Use the "Advanced Search" screen to limit your search to the backfiles of the 33 full-text music journals included in this database.


Other Bibliographic Databases

CBCA Complete Access restricted to the Concordia community
Another useful source to find articles on musical activity in Canada, especially reviews of concerts held in Canada. Indexes over 600 Canadian newspapers, magazines and journals in all subject areas, from 1982 to the present, and includes the full text for over 150 periodicals starting in 1993.
Eureka.cc Access restricted to the Concordia community
Useful source to find articles on musical activity in Quebec, especially reviews of concerts held in Quebec. Offers full text access to several Quebec French newspapers and magazines, including La Presse, Le Devoir, Voir, and L'Actualité from as far back as 1985 for La Presse.
Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) Access restricted to the Concordia community
Good source to begin a research or to search for articles on multidisciplinary topics. The largest multidisciplinary academic database, Academic Search Premier provides the full text for nearly 4,000 scholarly publications. Coverage spans virtually every area of academic study and offers information dating from 1975.
ERIC Access restricted to the Concordia community
Excellent source to find articles on music education. Providing citations with abstracts to articles, reports and conference papers from 1966 to present, ERIC is the most important database in the field of education.


Audio Databases

Classical Music Library Access restricted to the Concordia community
Provides access to a collection of over 35,000 tracks of recorded classical music in streaming audio from more than 32 labels, among which are EMI, CBC, and Hyperion. The music moves from medieval to contemporary, from choral works to symphonies, operas, and the avant-garde. Also includes a reference section with biographies, a glossary, images, and MIDI files.
The Virtual Gramophone: Canadian Historical Sound Recordings
Website devoted to 78-rpm and cylinder recordings released in Canada. Provides access to "images and digital audio recordings, as well as biographies of musicians and histories of music and recorded sound in Canada."
Bibliolthèque et Archives nationales du Québec: Collection numérique - Enregistrements sonores
Provides access to more than 2,000 pieces of music recorded in Quebec between 1900 and 1952.


Music Electronic Journals

GeneralClassical/OperaElectronic/ContemporaryJazzEthnic/WorldPopularEducation/Therapy


Music - General

ARSC journal Access restricted to the Concordia community
Journal of music and meaning
Journal of the Society for American Music
Music analysis Access restricted to the Concordia community
Music & letters Access restricted to the Concordia community
La Scena Musicale
Women & music: a journal of gender and culture Access restricted to the Concordia community


Classical Music/Opera

American music Access restricted to the Concordia community
American record guide Access restricted to the Concordia community
Cambridge opera journal Access restricted to the Concordia community
Choir & organ Access restricted to the Concordia community
Early music Access restricted to the Concordia community
Early music history Access restricted to the Concordia community
Eighteenth-century music Access restricted to the Concordia community
Fontes artis musicae Access restricted to the Concordia community
Harmony Access restricted to the Concordia community
Journal of musicological research Access restricted to the Concordia community
Journal of musicology Access restricted to the Concordia community
Journal of seventeenth-century music
Journal of the American Musicological Society Access restricted to the Concordia community
Music theory spectrum Access restricted to the Concordia community
Musical quarterly Access restricted to the Concordia community
Musical times Access restricted to the Concordia community
Notes Access restricted to the Concordia community
Opera Canada Access restricted to the Concordia community
Opera journal Access restricted to the Concordia community
Opera news Access restricted to the Concordia community
Opera quarterly Access restricted to the Concordia community
Plainsong & medieval music Access restricted to the Concordia community
Strad Access restricted to the Concordia community


Electronic/Contemporary Music

Circuit: musiques contemporaines
Computer music journal Access restricted to the Concordia community
Contemporary music review Access restricted to the Concordia community
Electronic musician Access restricted to the Concordia community
Journal of new music research Access restricted to the Concordia community
Leonardo music journal Access restricted to the Concordia community
Organised Sound Access restricted to the Concordia community
Tempo Access restricted to the Concordia community
Twentieth-century music Access restricted to the Concordia community


Jazz

Bass player Access restricted to the Concordia community
Black music research journal Access restricted to the Concordia community
Guitar player Access restricted to the Concordia community
Jazz education journal


Ethnic/World Music

Asian music Access restricted to the Concordia community
Canadian journal for traditional music Access restricted to the Concordia community
Ethnomusicology Access restricted to the Concordia community
Ethnomusicology forum Access restricted to the Concordia community
Music & anthropology
Revista de música latinoamericana = Latin American Music Review Access restricted to the Concordia community
Yearbook for traditional music Access restricted to the Concordia community


Popular Music

Billboard Access restricted to the Concordia community
Canadian musician Access restricted to the Concordia community
Film score monthly Access restricted to the Concordia community
Music week Access restricted to the Concordia community
Popular music Access restricted to the Concordia community
Popular music and society Access restricted to the Concordia community
Popular music history Access restricted to the Concordia community Access restricted to the Concordia community
Popular musicology online
Rolling stone Access restricted to the Concordia community
Words & music Access restricted to the Concordia community


Music Education and Therapy

American music teacher Access restricted to the Concordia community
British journal of music education Access restricted to the Concordia community
Illinois music educator Access restricted to the Concordia community
International journal of music education Access restricted to the Concordia community
Jazz education journal Access restricted to the Concordia community
Journal of research in music education Access restricted to the Concordia community
Music education research Access restricted to the Concordia community
Music education technology Access restricted to the Concordia community
Music educators journal Access restricted to the Concordia community
Music therapy today
Philosophy of music education review Access restricted to the Concordia community
Psychology of music Access restricted to the Concordia community
Recherche en éducation musicale
Teaching music Access restricted to the Concordia community
Update: the applications of research in music education Access restricted to the Concordia community
Voices


Scores

African-American Sheet Music, 1850-1920
"Consists of 1,305 pieces of African-American sheet music dating from 1850 through 1920. The collection includes many songs from the heyday of antebellum black face minstrelsy in the 1850s and from the abolitionist movement of the same period."
Bibliolthèque et Archives nationales du Québec: Collection numérique - Livres et partitions musicales
"A collection of 1,500 Quebec music books and scores from the 19th and 20th centuries."
Chopin Early Edition
"Includes over 400 first and early printed editions of musical compositions by Frédéric Chopin, maintained in the Special Collections Research Center" of the University of Chicago Library.
Choral Public Domain Library
Wiki providing access to free choral scores. Also includes texts, transcription, translations, and information about composers.
Historic American Sheet Music: 1950-1920
"Presents 3,042 pieces of sheet music drawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University, which holds an important, representative, and comprehensive collection of nineteenth and early twentieth century American sheet music."
International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP / Petrucci Music Library
"The Petrucci Music Library is an internet-based collaborative music score library, and is currently the main project. You will find tens of thousands of scores composed by thousands of composers here, all available for free download. "
Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music Collection
Contains over 29,000 pieces of music from the Special Collections at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library of The Johns Hopkins University. It focuses on popular American music dating from 1780 through 1960.
Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1870-1885
"Consists of over 47,000 pieces of sheet music registered for copyright during the years 1870 to 1885. Included are popular songs, piano music, sacred and secular choral music, solo instrumental music, method books and instructional materials, and music for band and orchestra."
Sheet Music from Canada's Past
"Features sheet music published before 1900, from 1900 to 1913 and from 1914 to 1920, selected from the historical collection of Library and Archives Canada."


Directories and Portals

GeneralClassical & ContemporaryJazz/PopularEthnic/World


Music - General

Worldwide Internet Music Resources
Directory of music resources developed and maintained by the William and Gayle Cook Music Library, Indiana University.
Internet Public Library: Music
Music section of a directory of high quality Internet resources selected by the staff of the Internet Public Library, a public service organization and learning/teaching environment maintained by the University of Michigan School of Information.
Intute: Music and the Performing Arts
Directory of Internet resources for education and research in music and the performing arts developed by staff based in the University of Oxford, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of the Arts London.
Music Associations in Canada
List of associations of music in Canada with links to their web sites.


Classical and Contemporary Music

WWW Sites of Interest to Musicologists
Directory of classical music resources developed and maintained by the American Musicological Society.
Portail de la musique contemporaine en France
Research tool allowing people to search the institutional repositories of several institutions dedicated to contemporary music in France. Collections include scores, recordings, press kits, program notes, etc. Some of these documents are available online.


Jazz/Popular Music

allmusic
Important music reference source on music recordings, also known as All Music Guide. It covers all genres and styles of music, with an emphasis on popular and jazz music. For each artist or album covered, allmusic provides information about the artist/album (e.g., title, tracks, genre, label, credits, release date), descriptive and editorial content (e.g., biographical information, reviews, style description), as well as relational content (e.g., similar artists, influences and followers).
Canadian Jazz Sites
Directory of Internet resources on jazz in Canada. Includes links to musicians, jazz festivals, magazines, radio and labels websites.
The Red Hot Jazz Archives: A History of Jazz before 1930
Rich reference source on the history of early jazz. Includes biographical information on artists, discographies, pictures and sound recordings files.
Jazz Corner: Jazz Sites
Important source of information on jazz musicians, including numerous contemporary artists.
100 Jazz Profiles
Important source of information on jazz musicians developed and maintained by BBC, Radio 3.
Rutgers University Library: Subject Research Guide: Jazz
Directory of Internet resources on jazz developed and maintained by the Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University.


Ethic/World Music

Ethnomusicology, Folk Music, and World Music
Directory of resources in ethnomusicology developed and maintained by the Music Library & Listening Center, University of Washington.


Canadian Music

Library and Archives CanadaBibliothèque et Archives nationalesPeriodicalsOther


Library and Archives Canada

Canadian Information By Subject: 780 Music
Directory of Internet Canadian music sources developed and maintained by Library and Archives Canada.
Canadian Music Periodicals Index (CMPI)
Main source to find articles on musical activity in Canada. Indexes articles from more than 500 Canadian music journals, magazines and newsletters dating from the late 19th century to the present day. This database is maintained by Library and Archives Canada.
Disc-O-Logue
Created by Louise Lamothe, Disc-O-Logue was a catalogue of French-language popular music recordings available in Canada published between 1962 and 1979. It was acquired by the Naional Library of Canada in 1986 and is now available on the Web.
Encyclopedia of Music in Canada
The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada aims to describe Canada's musical heritage and culture in all its breadth and depth: the past and present manifestations of popular, folk, religious, concert, and other forms of music, as well as the educational, critical, administrative, and commercial aspects of music in Canada. Includes more than 4,000 articles, photographs and audio and video clips, on composers, performers, ensembles, musicologists, educators, events, institutions, etc.
The Glenn Gould Archive
Developed by Library and Archives Canada, this site is the official repository for the archives of Glenn Gould.
Sheet Music from Canada's Past
"Features sheet music published before 1900, from 1900 to 1913 and from 1914 to 1920, selected from the historical collection of Library and Archives Canada."
The Virtual Gramophone: Canadian Historical Sound Recordings
Website devoted to 78-rpm and cylinder recordings released in Canada. Provides access to "images and digital audio recordings, as well as biographies of musicians and histories of music and recorded sound in Canada."


Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec

Collection numérique - Enregistrements sonores
Provides access to more than 2,000 pieces of music recorded in Quebec between 1900 and 1952.
Collection numérique - Livres et partitions musicales
"A collection of 1,500 Quebec music books and scores from the 19th and 20th centuries."
Collection numérique - La Lyre
Full-text archives of Le Passe-temps, a perdiodical published semi-monthly in Montreal from 1895 to 1949.
Collection numérique - Le Passe-temps
Full-text archives of La Lyre, revues musicale et théâtrale, a monthly perdiodical published in Montreal from 1922 to 1931.


Canadian Journals and Magazines

Canadian journal for traditional music Access restricted to the Concordia community
Peer-reviewed journal on Canadian and traditional music. Published annually by the Canadian Society for Traditional Music.
Canadian musician Access restricted to the Concordia community
Magazine on "prominent Canadian artists, the latest gear, technique and the business of music. Published bi-monthly, [it] features regular columns on Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Percussion, Brass, Woodwinds, Vocal, MIDI, Business, Songwriting, Live Sound, Recording and On-Line Music."
Circuit: musiques contemporaines
French-language journal dedicated to North American contemporary music and published by Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal.
Opera Canada Access restricted to the Concordia community
English-language independant journal published in Toronto and dedicated to opera in Canada.
Recherche en éducation musicale
French-language journal dedicated to music education and published annually by the music department of the Université Laval.
La Scena Musicale
Free monthly Quebec magazine dedicated to the promotion of classical music. Published in English and French, it "contains a comprehensive calendar of concerts, compact disc reviews, interviews with musicians as well as feature articles on the local, national and international classical music scenes."


Other Canadian Sources

Canadian Jazz Sites
Directory of Internet resources on jazz in Canada. Includes links to musicians, jazz festivals, magazines, radio and labels websites.
Canadian Music Centre (CMC)
Holding the Canada's largest collection of Canadian concert music, the Canadian Music Centre mission is to promote the works of Canadian composers.
Centre de musique du Canada : Région du Québec
Quebec regional centre of the Canadian Music Centre.
Société québécoise de recherche en musique (SQRM)
Based in the Music Department of UQAM, the SQRM is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to encourage the development, promotion, support, circulation and conservation of Quebec music.


Music Libraries and Documentation Centres

MontrealCanada


Montreal

Marvin Duchow Music Library, McGill University
Catalogue (Muse)
Bibliothèque de musique, Université de Montréal
Catalogue (Atrium)
Bibliothèque de musique, UQAM
Catalogue (Manitou)
Centre de musique du Canada : Région du Québec

Conservatoire de musique de Montréal
Catalogue (CUBIQ)
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
Catalogue (Iris)
Phonothèque québécoise / Musée du son
Catalogue


Canada

Canadian Music Centre (CMC)
Catalogue (To find scores available for loan, rental and/or purchase from the CMC.)
Library and Archives Canada (LAC)
Catalogue (Amicus)
Bibliothèque de l'Université Laval
Catalogue (Ariane)
Bibliothèque de musique, Université de Sherbrooke
Catalogue (Crésus)
Music Library, University of Toronto
Catalogue
Music Library, University of British Columbia
Catalogue
Directory of Music Collections in Canada


 
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