These mega-sites provide direction to resources for the full range of interests related to research in this topic.
ADAM: The Art, Design, Architecture, and Media Information Gateway
Art History Research Centre
Internet Resources for Music Scholars (Harvard)
Not as comprehensive a site as the other gateways but an excellent starting place for research: "In separating the wheat from the chaff so effectively, Harvard's list is a boon to music students and scholars" [CHOICE August 2001].
Worldwide Internet Music Resources (Indiana University)
Often ranked as the premier site for general music research on the Internet. This gateway is a comprehensive and authoritative index for both classical and popular music with a mix of scholarly and commercial sites organized into nine broad categories.
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General Interest sites
List includes agencies & organizations, music guides, general copyright information - plus the Copyright Law & Graduate Research manual by Kenneth D. Crews.
Ethnomusicology, Folk Music, and World Music
Provides links to web resources on various aspects of ethnic, folk, and world music, including organizations, archives, bibliography, online publications, recording labels, and world music sites by geographical region. From the University of Washington libraries.
Lied and Song Texts Page
Extensive archive of public-domain, original-language texts of over fifteen thousand Lieder and other classical art songs. Partsongs, madrigals, and choral works are also included.
MHN Instrument Encyclopedia
"A sampler of some of the world's most interesting musical instruments" based on the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments at University of Michigan.
Musical Organizations and Professional Societies
Extensive listing of over 300 organizations & professional societies for every area of music, from the American Harp Society to the World Folk Music Association.
On-line version of the index of obituary citations published annually by the Music Library Association (MLA) in its quarterly journal, Notes. See also Necrology File (Gaylord Music Library, Washington University)
Pronouncing Dictionary of Music & Musicians
Offers pronunciations by a phonetic system devised for the benefit of radio announcing staff by E. Douglas Brown at WOI Radio, Iowa State University. "Although imperfect and far from complete, the dictionary is the most extensive of its type now available, with its more than 27,000 entries."
Red Hot Jazz Archive: A History of Jazz Before 1930
Contains hyperlinked biographies, discographies and photos of over sixty early jazz artists and ninety bands - plus selections of their music in RealAudio format. "Superb resource for jazz history and American studies courses." [CHOICE, August 2001].
Women Composers and Women's Music
Bibliography of 24 sites from the Worldwide Internet Music Resources collection, IU School of Music.
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Musselman Library Catalog
Online catalog of Musselman Library's holdings and materials in the OPAL and OhioLINK consortia.
The world’s most comprehensive bibliography, with 68 million bibliographic records and 1 billion individual holdings representing 400 languages. Describes items owned by academic, public, special, and national libraries around the world, including books, maps, sound recordings, manuscripts, musical scores, films, and web resources. Produced by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center). Updated daily. For Bluffton University users, WorldCat is the database to consult for resources not found in the Bluffton, OPAL or OhioLINK catalogs. Items not held in Ohio libraries may be available through Interlibrary Loan.
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Featured Sites Archive
J.S. Bach Home Page (21 March 1865-28 July 1750)
Offers biographical information, complete words (indexed by BWV number, category, instrument, key, title, year, sources), and a recordings database. also features a well-organized collection of links for all areas of Bach research and links to MIDI files.
Lift Every Voice: Music in American Life (University of Virginia Library)
Exhibition hosted by the University of Virginia takes its name from the hymn composed a century ago by brothers James Weldon and J. Rosamond Johnson. Provides the history behind American ballads, hymns, patriotic anthems, musicals, and protest songs. Includes audio clips and digital images of historical papers.
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