Music: Major Resources

June 1, 2015

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online

World music reference database featuring over 700 articles plus associated audio examples, illustrations and photographs, song texts, and score examples.

May 11, 2011

Naxos Music Library

Audio collection covering classical, jazz, and world music, with particular strength in 20th and 21st century composers. Users can create playlists and can download the free NML iPhone app to listen to their playlists remotely.

May 11, 2011

Rock's Backpages Library

Rock reviews, articles, and interviews from the 1960s to the present.

May 5, 2009

Contemporary World Music

Audio collection of music from around the world. Includes reggae, worldbeat, Indian classical, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, and more.

May 5, 2009

Music & Performing Arts Online

Interface for simultaneously searching five music listening databases: American Song, Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, and Jazz Music Library, and Smithsonian Global Sound.

May 5, 2009

Jazz Music Library

Audio collection covering all types of jazz.

August 15, 2008

American Song

Database of American roots music, including country, folk, bluegrass, Western, old time, American Indian, blues, gospel, and shape note singing. Songs are categorized by historical event as well as musicians, genres, etc.

August 15, 2008

Classical Music Library

Database of classical music plus biographical information on composers.

August 15, 2008

Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries

Music from the Smithsonian Folkways collection and from other music archives around the world. Strong in American folk and other "roots" music. Includes spoken word recordings, such as poets reading their works.

August 15, 2008

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

Indexes the scholarly literature of music from Amadeus to Zevon.


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