Music Databases

For a subject overview: Music Guide

Music Databases by Type

Key databases for Music  
IIMP : International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text
Covers nearly all aspects of the world of music from the most scholarly to contemporary.

IIPA and IIMP may be searched together.
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IIPA : International Index to Performing Arts Full Text(1864 - present)
Provides indexing, abstracts and full-text to over 240 international periodicals, covering a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry.

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Index to Printed Music
The Index to Printed Music (IPM) is an invaluable resource for music students and researchers. IPM is the only online resource for finding individual pieces of music printed in standard scholarly editions.
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Full-text of major academic journals and scholarly literature from around the world, covering music and other disciplines.
The last 5 years are not available here, except for journals published by the University of Chicago and University of California.
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RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, RIPM - Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals, RISM Series A/II: Music Manuscripts after 1600, Music Index, Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text combined search via Ebsco.
A primary music databases all together (not full-text). Covers 1600- present. Find musical sources of manuscripts or printed music, works on music theory and libretti stored in libraries, archives, monasteries, schools and private collections. Find writings on musical history and culture, plus articles, dissertations and reviews on music, musicians, the music industry and performance.
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Dissertation & Theses Full Text
Major source for information about doctoral dissertations and master's theses. Full text is available from 1997+.
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Music reference works  
Oxford Handbooks Online - Music
The Handbooks discuss the latest thinking in a range of major topics. Containing specially-commissioned essays with extensive referencing to further reading, the handbooks offer both thorough introductions to topics in the discipline, and a useful reference resource for scholars and advanced students.
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Oxford Music Online
Oxford's portal for reference works on music. Includes Grove Music Online, The Oxford Dictionary of Music, and The Oxford Companion to Music. Illustrations and sound samples included.
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Cambridge Companions Online - Music
Cambridge Companions are lively introductions to major writers, artists, philosophers, topics and periods.
Access to Cambridge Companions in Literature and Classics, and the Cambridge Companions in Philosophy, Religion and Culture, and Companions in Music.
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Oxford History of Western Music Online
Online version of the celebrated 6 volume Oxford History of Western Music: a comprehensive reference tool which includes illustrations and musical examples.
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Garland Encyclopedia of World Music
An important information resource for ethnomusicological research providing a comprehensive guide to music of all the world’s peoples.(Search it via Music Online to capture results from other Alexander St databases)
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Cambridge Histories of Music via Cambridge Histories Online
Provides access to the complete series of Cambridge Histories from Cambridge University Press, browsable by subject areas including music and performing arts. Please logout when finished.
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Online scores & streamed audio / visual  
Australian Composers Online
A TIES Grant teaching resource initiative of the University Library making available more than 200 e-scores of works by a selection of leading Australian composers, contemporary and historical, in downloadable PDF format.
Click the Limit/Sort Search button for specific composers or works.
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Berliner Philharmoniker's Digital Concert Hall
Concert recordings, documentaries, interviews, live streamed performances from the Berliner Philharmoniker

Register for access while on-campus. A pop-up window will appear which prompts you to register with your email address and password or log in with an existing account. After registering / logging in, you can view all concerts, films and interviews in the Digital Concert Hall free of charge on all supported devices from the network of your institution or from home.
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Classical Music in Video
Classical music performances in streamed video. Performances range across all genres – symphonic, chamber, oratorio and solo. It also contains masterclasses and interviews with eminent international performers and teachers. Covers from medieval times to the 21st century. Videos from the 1950s up to contemporary recordings.
(Search together with our other music resources from Alexander Street via Music Online)
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Classical Scores Library
Includes the major composers as well as lesser known composers and works. Some major contemporary Australian composers are included. Content includes in-copyright material from Boosey and Hawkes and selected material from the University Music Editions microfilm series.
(Search Classical Music Library and Classical Scores Library together via Music Online)
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Medici TV
Live broadcasts and recordings of classical concerts, opera, ballet, master classes and documentaries.
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Naxos Music Library
A collection of audio music of over 400 independent labels such as ARC, Berlin Classics, BIS, Chandos, CPO, EMI Classics, Erato, Haenssler Classic, Marco Polo, Naïve, Naxos, Nimbus, Ondine, Teldec, Vanguard Classics, Virgin Classics and Warner Classics; includes classical music, historical recordings, jazz, world and folk music, along with textual notes on the works being played and biographical information on composers or artists.
Naxos Music Library Jazz
Comprises the catalogues of Blue Notes Records, 22 labels of Fantasy Jazz and over 180 other labels. Fantasy labels include Prestige, Debut, Riverside, Stax, Volt, Specialty, Pablo and more. Over 13,000 jazz artists are represented on more than 6,400 albums.
Opera in Video
Contains video of many of the most significant opera performances from the world’s best performers, conductors and opera houses around the world. (Search it via Music Online to capture results from other Alexander St databases)
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More databases useful for Music (A-Z)  
Newspapers & Current Affairs see News Services databases  
Google Scholar
Good for broad searches of scholarly literature from both free and subscription sources. For search results which highlight the articles available to you through Library subscriptions, use the links on our website to Google Scholar, or enable Google Scholar settings. Also useful to find references which cite other academic articles.
Informit Online
An Australian database including APAFT, Humanities and Social Sciences Collection, A+ Education and TV News. Subject areas include music education, music theory, conference proceedings, unpublished works and media.Australian content
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International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text via Ebsco
Comprehensive and authoritative international scholarship on all aspects of theatre and performance.
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IPA Source
A large library of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera aria, art song, and Latin liturgical texts (with phonetic transcriptions and English translations).
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Music Online via Alexander St
Cross-searchClassical Scores Library, The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online and Opera in Video.
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Percussion Orchestrations
A database of Timpani and Percussion requirements for orchestral repertoire.
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Proquest Central
A large multidisciplinary service including multiple databases. Over 160 subjects areas are covered.
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Project Muse
Full text of peer-reviewed humanities, arts, and social sciences journals.
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