In addition to our collection of books, scores, and recordings, the Music Library offers access to important electronic resources for music study and research. On this page you may find links to open web resources that can be useful in studying music. For licensed subscription resources online, try Music Resources Online: Library Resources.
International Inventory of Musical Sources (RISM)
The online portal of the RISM project, an international index of primary source material in musical literature. Provides access to all of RISM volumes A/I (Individual Prints before 1800) and A/II (Music Manuscripts after 1600), as well as part of B/I (Printed Collections from 1500-1550). Indexes the bibliographic data for sources, and locations of surviving copies. Includes links to online facsimiles where these are known.
OPEN WEB RESOURCES: SCORES
Petrucci Music Library (IMSLP)
The grandaddy of online score repositories. Includes both primary (manuscript facsimile) and secondary (published edition) sources. All material is public domain, so there are no modern, commercially-published editions. Also includes some recordings, and textual material such as Rameau's Démonstration du principe de l’harmonie.
Choral Public Domain Library
Like IMSLP, but devoted specifically to choral music.
Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music. Online repository of over 14,000 (January 2015) manuscript facsimiles, hosted by Oxford University. Also includes side projects, such as an emerging series of editions of early music including Dufay's works and the Trent Codices.
Music Treasures Consortium
Searches across digital score manuscript and edition repositories in 13 (January 2015) different European and American institutions. Hosted by Library of Congress. Contents are not duplicated elsewhere in this list.
The Danish National Digital Sheet Music Archive
Digital archive of scores maintained by the Royal Library of Denmark.
Web Library of Seventeenth-Century Music. Online score repository maintained by Society for Seventeenth-Century Music. Curated; welcomes submissions.
OPEN WEB RESOURCES: reference
Online guide to 8,000 + music resources. Useful despite a lot of broken links.
A database of sacred chants in early manuscripts and printed sources.
Information on South Indian Classical Music.
The Aria Database
A searchable database of information, texts, and translations of opera arias, including the complete works of Mozart, Verdi, Berlioz, Wagner, and Puccini; and the partial works of over 50 other composers.
The Spirituals Database
An searchable online discography of art song settings of Negro Spirituals.
A link to all the guides on the Libguides Community page that are returned by searching on the term "music."
OPEN WEB RESOURCES: indexes
UT Analysis Index
Index to published music analyses, maintained by University of Tennessee. Designed to pick up where Harold Diamond's Music Analyses: an Annotated Guide to the Literature leaves off.
Classical Guitar Music in Printed Collections
Index to classical guitar pieces in published score collections.
UT Song Index
Index to songs in published score collections. Maintained at University of Tennessee.
ASU Song Index
Index to songs in published score collections. Maintained at Arizona State University.
Oberlin Song Index
Index to songs in published score collections. Maintained at Oberlin College.
Folk Song Index
Index to folk songs in published score collections. Maintained at Oberlin College.
California Library Systems Cooperative Song Index
Index to songs in published score collections. Maintained at San Joaquin Valley Information Service.
open web resources: audio
A huge repository of public-domain audio content of all kinds. Includes more than 10,000 Grateful Dead concerts. Other types of content available, including text and video.
YouTube Audio Library
A repository of music clips for download and use. Browsable by free music, ad-supported music, and sound effects. Requires login to Google account.
Wikimedia mostly hosts visual images, but there are a small number of copyright-free audio recordings. You can add your own.
Qatar Digital Library
A digital archive of cultural and historical material from the Persian Gulf region. Includes numerous audio recordings, many digitized from antique shellac phonograph discs.
American Archive of Public Broadcasting. A digital repository of public radio and television content from the 1950's to the present day. The website went live in April 2015, with media content projected to be available "by October." More information here. Also listed under "Video Resources."
San Francisco-based repository of interviews, documentaries, and recorded performances of new music. Requires free account registration.
OPEN WEB RESOURCES: video
History of Music
Series of 20 YouTube videos containing a mashup of short audio clips from Antiquity through 20th Century.
Music History: Style Periods and Aesthetics
7-part University of Helsinki lecture series presented by Finnish musicologist Eero Tarasti.
Howard Goodall's Story of Music
6-part BBC documentary series presented by award-winning british composer.
Queer Music History 101
Lecture Series by LGBT historian and broadcaster JD Doyle. Has links to website with expanded material on topic.
American Archive of Public Broadcasting. A digital repository of public radio and television content from the 1950's to the present day. The website went live in April 2015, with media content projected to be available "by October." More information here. Also listed under "Audio Resources."
Making the Right Choices: A John Cage Celebration
A collection of 46 videos documenting a festival of John Cage's music presented in 2013 by Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony. Includes performances videos, visual interpretations, rehearsal documentaries, and short video essays. Also other material, including an essay on Cage by Tilson Thomas, the text of an address Cage delivered in 1948, performer bios, and image gallery.