Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and Other Sources

Oxford Music Online (The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, The Oxford Companion to Music, The Oxford Dictionary of Music, The Encyclopedia of Popular Music)
Coverage: Second edition
Description: The authoritative standard for English-language music dictionaries, covering all aspects of music, including biographies, definitions of terms, musical examples, lists of works, links to sounds, and more. Includes The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, as well as The Oxford Companion to Music (2002), The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 2d ed, revised (2006) and The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th ed (2006).
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Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
Description: A comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world's peoples. Includes over 1,200 essays, images from 10 sources, and hundreds of audio examples. Each volume contains an overview of the region, a survey of its musical heritage, traditions and themes; and a description of specific musical genres, practices, and performances. Articles include detailed photographs that show musicians, musical instrument, and the cultural context of dances, rituals, and ceremonies. Other images include drawings, maps, and musical examples for further study.
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Encyclopedia of Popular Music
Coverage: Fourth edition
Description: This encyclopedia's 30,000 entries cover all genres and periods of popular music from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music. The expanded fourth edition includes thousands of new entries on trends, styles, record labels, venues, and music festivals. Key dates, biographies, and further reading are provided for artists covered, along with complete discographies that include record labels, release dates, and a 5-star album rating system. Also available through Oxford Music Online, a cross-searchable portal of music dictionaries and encyclopedias offered by Oxford University Press.
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IPA Source
Description: Contains over 5600 International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts. IPA Source is searchable by composer, poet, title, opera aria and Latin text. Texts are available as downloadable PDFs.
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Orchestral Music Online
Coverage: Fourth edition
Description: This database provides basic information for over 7,000 orchestral works by nearly 1,000 composers, including a work's instrumentation, movements, duration, and publishers. Allows searching by composer, title, keyword, duration, and performing forces.
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RISM: International Inventory of Musical Sources after 1600 [EBSCO]
Coverage: after 1600 (mainly 1600-1850)
Description: The most comprehensive annotated index to music manuscripts produced after 1600 with over 650,000 records containing bibliographic information, manuscript locations, musical incipits, and bibliographic citations.
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Musical America.com
Description: The online version of the annual Musical America International Directory of the Performing Arts. Provides news, feature articles, performance reviews and searchable industry contact listings which are updated quarterly.
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Oxford History of Western Music
Description: Covers the history of the development of Western music, originally published in five volumes by Richard Taruskin.
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Oxford Dictionary of Dance
Description: The Oxford Dictionary of Dance offers wide coverage of dancers, choreographers, teachers, composers, technical terms, major works, important films, and organizations involved in the dance world.
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Oxford Companion to Music
Description: This new edition of the classic reference work includes articles that range from clear, concise definitions of musical ideas and terms to extended surveys of musical forms and styles, with specialist coverage of virtually every musical subject. Also available through Oxford Music Online, a cross-searchable portal of music dictionaries and encyclopedias offered by Oxford University Press.
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Oxford Dictionary of Music
Description: Includes over 12,000 entries on composers, performers, conductors, directors, critics, and scholars; musical terms, styles, and forms; as well as instruments, individual works, performance venues, and a host of other topics. Also available through Oxford Music Online, a cross-searchable portal of music dictionaries and encyclopedias offered by Oxford University Press.
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Grove Book of Operas
Description: A collection of synopses and descriptions of over 250 operas. Each entry is written by a leading authority on the opera and includes a full synopsis of the plot, a cast list, a note on the singers in the original production, and information on the origins of the work and its literary and social background.
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New Grove Book of Opera Singers
Description: A collection of authoritative biographies of opera singers containing entries that include basic information such as birth date, vocal style, first debut, most memorable roles, as well as colorful portraits of the singer's personality and vocal style and evaluations of their place in operatic history.
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A Dictionary of Opera Characters
Description: Containing over 2,500 operatic characters, this guide gives plot synopses for over 250 operas and operettas, and details full information on each operatic role, including its creator and notable performers.
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RELICS: Renaissance Liturgical Imprints Census
Coverage: 1450-1600
Description: A database of citations to nearly 14,000 liturgical titles printed in Europe between 1450 and 1600, with listings of holding libraries in the U.S. and Europe.
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Last modified: 03/24/2014