Music research

1. General music reference works online
    General sources
2. Magazines
3. Composers
4. Style periods
    Old music
    Classical and romantic music
    Contemporary music
5. Genres
6. Countries
7. Instruments
8. Music education

1. General music reference works online


Sites that link to other sites immediately on certain musical topics.

Musical biographical resources on the Web
References to biographical sites

Internet Resources for Music Scholars from Harvard University
Ideal starting point for music research

Music Resources from Sibelius Academy Helsinki
18 categories

Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature - Jacobs School of Music (Indiana University)
PhDs and links to research sites

Eric Charry's homepage
Practical research site

American Musicological Society - Sites of Interest to Musicologists

Classical Net

General sources

Oxford Music Online
Contains the (in some cases updated) texts ofThe New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd Edition (2001), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992), The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd Edition (2001), The Oxford Companion to Music (2002) and The Oxford Dictionary of Music (2006).

Oxford Reference Online Premium Collection
This multidisciplinary database includes The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music, The Oxford Companion to Music, A Dictionary of Opera Characters, The Grove Book of Opera Singers, The Grove Book of Operas and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Opera.

Fétis, François-Joseph (1784-1871). Biographie universelle des musiciens et bibliographie générale de la musique (02) par F.-J. Fétis,.... 1866-1868

2. Magazines

RILM: Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale
International bibliography of periodical publications about music, from 1967 to present.

RIPM: Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals
International bibliography of music magazines that appeared between 1800 and 1950.

RIPM - Online Archive of Music Periodicals full text
International bibliography of music magazines that appeared between 1800 and 1950 with full text.

JSTOR Music Collection
Full text access to 83 music magazines.

Web of Science, Current Contents
These multidisciplinary databases provide a research platform that unlocks more than 23,000 magazines, such as Down Beat, International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music, Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Analysis, Plainsong Medieval Music, Psychology of Music, Sacred Music.

Academic Search Elite
This multidisciplinary database provides access to articles of more than 2,000 magazines.
Examples of music magazines: Music Education Research, Music Perception, Music Theory Spectrum and Music Quarterly.

Directory of Open Access Journals
This multidisciplinary database gives access to articles from more than 3,700 journals.
Examples of music magazines: International Journal of Community Music, Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music, Music Theory Online, Music TherapyToday and Zeitschrift für kritische Musikpädagogik.

Online magazines

American Bach Society Newsletter
American Musicological Society Newsletter
American Music Review
Arts and Letters Daily
Arts Journal
Classical Music Review
Culture kiosque
European Journal of Musicology (includes also the archive of Frankfurter Zeitschrift für Musikwissenschaft)
Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland
Neue Musikzeitung
Opera news
The Strad
Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie

Title list electronic magazines AP Hogeschool Antwerpen

3. Composers

Studiecentre of Flemish Music
Composers Archipelago Flandres
Belgian Contemporary Music
Broadcast Music Library
Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (Ircam)
The Composer's Site
International Alliance for Women in Music
Anton Bruckner
John Cage
Jacques Champion de Chambonnières
Carl Maria von Weber

4. Style periods

Old music

A Collection of Selected Lutheran Hymnals

La Trobe University Library Medieval Music Database
Modern scores and facsimiles of original manuscripts.

Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum
A complete database about theory written during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The database is constantly evolving.

The British Library - Digital Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts

The British Library - Music

Relics Renaissance Liturgical Imprints: A Census

Computerized Mensural Music Editing
Provides free access to new, qualitative old music scores, with Dufay, Josquin, Machaut, Palestrina and Tallis music. Each work is also substantiated with translations of the text and a concise analysis.

Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
An extensive database of manuscripts, including music.

SCA Renaissance Dance Homepage

SCA Medieval and Renaissance Music Homepage

SCA Minstrel Homepage

Musical Instruction and Musical Learning 1450-1650
Website with a very extensive bibliography about the music education during the Renaissance.

Here Of A Sunday Morning
Website of the radio program Here Of A Sunday Morning, which specifically brings old music. The program's website contains information about old music, divided into different segments: English Music through 1635, The French Chanson, Social Music in Italy in the Renaissance, Monteverdi en Period V. The Italian Seicento (17th Century).

Arto Wikla's Music Page
A site dedicated to old music with a lot of information about old instruments, with important links for baroque research.

The Düben Collection Database Catalogue
The Düben Collection Database Catalogue is a digitized catalog with facsimiles from the Düben Collection, a major and important collection of musical manuscripts and prints from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Church Music Association of America
With scores of religious music.

The Spanish Antiphoner
Digital collection Gregorian music.

A Catalogue of Mass, Office, and Holy Week Music Printed in Italy, 1516-1770
An interesting digital source for 17th century music.

Classical and romantic music

The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies from San Jose State University
Chopin Early Editions

Contemporary music

Ircam Multimedia Library
Composition Today

5. Genres


The LiederNet Archive
Online archive with a rich collection (almost 20,000) lyrics written by classical composers. The texts are in the original language, but also translated versions can be found. There are indexes on text poetry, composer, title words, first line and language.

The Leader in Lieder
Contains the lyrics of almost 30,000 folk songs.
There are many songs in MIDI format and sometimes some background information. As an "extra" you can find the lyrics of Christmas songs, drinking songs, sailors, wall songs and soldiers songs.


Aufnahmenarchiv italienischer Opern
List of opera singers, born after 1850 with occasional references to YouTube or the home page of the artists in question.

By composer, a complete list of operas will be given, complete with date and place of premiere. Includes links to other pages with additional information about the opera.

Münchener Digitalisierungszentrum
Digitized librettos

List of opera with detailed information by composer

The aria-database
Search possible on aria, composer, title or role

Metopera database
Contains information about all the operas ever performed in The Metropolitan Opera New York and what reviews they received. Useful search function.

A music database and search engine to find and identify melodies. Available for both classic and popular music.

Contains thousands of melodies, which can be searched by pitch, interval, tessiture.

The public section of this site has a calendar-like character, especially aimed at shows that still have to take place. Contains further geographically ranked links to all opera houses in the world.


ChoralNet - American Choral Directors Association
British Choirs on the Net
Koor & Stem
Musica International : The Virtual Choral Library


Music for harmony, fanfare and brass band


Jazz in Belgium

A passion for jazz

A History of Jazz before 1930
With several essays about the early jazz pioneers.

Jazz Research Portal University of North Texas libraries
Meta-site with links to American and European sites about jazz, subdivided by composers, internet reviews, genres within jazz.

Smithsonian Jazz
A portal for preserving and promoting jazz.


The Society for Ethnomusicology

Ethnomusicology Online

Ethnomusicology - World Music
Meta site with a lot of links to e-magazines and other sites with world-class theme. Distributed in organizations, institutes, archives - bibliographies, periodicals, online publishing - record labels and distributors - sites for regional folk dance and folk dance music.

6. Countries


African Heritage in Classical Music

The African Music Encyclopedia


Traditional Music Library

New Music USA

American Memory
Site of The Library of Congress (with digitized scores of American music between 1820 and 1885).

Society for American Music
Magazine about American music.

American Composers Alliance

American Composers Forum

American Musicologican Society


Musicological Society of Australia


Canadian Folk Music Bulletin

The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada
Meta site linking to other sites by topic: e.g. Music Education, Musical Genres, Operas / Settings, etc.


Deutsches Musikinformationszentrum


Cecilia: Find Music Collections in UK and Ireland
Cecilia is an online guide to music collections in archives, libraries and museums in Great Britain and Ireland.

Concert life in 19th century London


Music Finland

Finnish Musical Quaterly


Institut de recherche et coordination acoustique / musique


Digital Greek Music Archive


Hungarian Composers


The Contemporary Music Center Ireland

Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland

Cecilia: Find Music Collections in UK and Ireland
Cecilia is an online guide to music collections in archives, libraries and museums in Great Britain and Ireland.


Israël Studies for Musicology Online


Music Art Technology - Federation of Italian Electroacoustic Music Centers


Center for New-Zealand Music


Listen to Norway


Music Information Center Austria


Polish Music Center


Portuguese Composers Database

Puerto Rico

Music of Puerto Rico


Swedish Music Information Center


Swiss Music Edition

7. Instruments


Instruments web
A website with Dutch texts about more than 200 contemporary and musical instruments.

A Guide to medieval and renaissance instruments
An alphabetical overview of instruments from the "old" music; each with an English explanation, photographs, a sound file and literature references.

The aim of the MIMO project is to provide a single access for digital documentation and information about musical collections spread across several European museums. Will be completed.

The instruments of Celtic music

Wind instruments


Mark Shepard's Flute Page


Stringed Instrument Resource Guide - University of Oregon

Music Research Guide for String Instruments - University of Memphis

The 20th century violin concertante by Tobias Broeker
A repertoire guide to the compositions for violin concertante written between 1894 and 2006.

Keyboard- en toggle instruments


Piano Society

Piano Technicians Guild

Piano World

Resources for pianists
Meta site linking to other site with meaningful info for pianists.


The Pipe Organ

Useful Organ Links
Meta-site about organ (with links to downloadable scores and midi files, organizational websites, organ music organizers etc.)


Lutes, Old en New


Classical guitar music in printed collections


Resources for Singers

La Scena Musicale


American Choral Review

Koor en Stem

Research Memorandum Series
Magazine about choral music, which is digitally available.

8. Music education

National Association for Music Education
Website giving very concrete tips in various articles on how to best educate music.