Classical Music Library

Alternative Titles

Classical Music Library offers a multi-label collection of music recordings, featuring performances from many independent and major classical labels, including EMI Classics, Hänssler, Hyperion, Virgin Classica, Bridge, Vox, and many others. Coverage includes music written from the earliest times (e.g. Gregorian Chant) to the present, including many contemporary composers. Repertoire ranges from vocal and choral music, to chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental, and opera.

Stable URL
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Questions about this resource? Contact Ask a Librarian

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music

Alternative Titles
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music

Derived from the highly classic Oxford Dictionary of Music, this concise edition is a mine of information for lovers of music of all periods and styles. Providing thousands of entries on musical terms, works, composers, librettists, musicians, singers, and orchestras, the dictionary's coverage is exceptional, giving comprehensive work-lists for major composers, detailed entries on living composers and performers, important ballets and operas, as well as descriptions of musical instruments and their histories.

Current edition
Stable URL
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Questions about this resource? Contact Ask a Librarian

RELICS: Renaissance Liturgical Imprints Census

Alternative Titles
Renaissance Liturgical Imprints: A Census
Index to Relics

A database of citations to over 13,000 liturgical titles printed in Europe between 1450 and 1600, with listings of holding libraries in the U.S. and Europe. It is designed for musicologists studying organ and choral music, art historians searching for named engravers and artists, general historians studying aristocratic patronage, scholars of poetry, and specialists in church history and early printed books. The records were created by the School of Music and are copyrighted by the University of Michigan Regents. The National Endowment for the Humanities supported this project. The RELICS database information is based upon personal inspections of books in most of the major research libraries of the U.S. and also libraries in a few selected European cities, bibliographies, and library catalogs.

1450 - 1600
Stable URL
Open access for all usersOpen access for all users
Questions about this resource? Contact Ask a Librarian

Oxford Music Online

Alternative Titles
Grovemusic (New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, New Grove Dictionary of Opera, New Grove Dictionary of Jazz)
Grove Music Online
Encyclopedia of Popular Music

Oxford Music Online has been the leading online resource for music research since its inception in 2001, a comprehensive compendium of music scholarship offering the full texts of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition (2001), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992), and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd edition (2002), as well as numerous subsequent updates and emendations. Including more than 50,000 signed articles and 30,000 biographies contributed by over 6,000 scholars from around the world, Oxford Music Online is the unsurpassed authority on all aspects of music.

Oxford Music Online also contains The Oxford Companion to Music (revised 2011), which offers more than 8,000 articles on composers, performers, conductors, instruments and notation, forms and genres, and individual works; and The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 2nd edition (revised 2006), which supplements Grove's more-extensive articles with content geared toward undergraduates and general users.

Oxford Music Online is also pleased to continue featuring Colin Larkin's landmark Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th edition (2006), for those who have purchased perpetual access to the online version. The most comprehensive reference work devoted exclusively to popular music, EPM is the authoritative biographical encyclopedia of rock, pop, and jazz artists, covering popular music from 1900 to the present. It is exhaustive, meticulous, authoritative — and incredibly fun to read.

Oxford Music Online was created with the latest in online technology to give users a robust and unique research experience. Sophisticated search options allow users to refine their search or browse results by source and specific era or subject category. Users can also choose to view biographies or subject entries only. Advanced search options provide powerful tools for content navigation, including biography searching, bibliography searching, and the ability to easily search within longer, multi-section articles. Timelines and topical guides offer specific pathways into the content. Context-sensitive Help pages guide users through the site's features and functionality. Oxford Music Online offers the most extensive and easily searchable online music resource available, a virtual music library of unparalleled scope and depth.

Stable URL
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Questions about this resource? Contact Ask a Librarian

Smithsonian Global Sound


Smithsonian Global Sound, produced in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, is a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions. It includes the published recordings owned by the non-profit Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label and the archival audio collections of the legendary Folkways Records, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, Paredon and other labels. It contains 50,000 tracks of ethnic music from around the world.

Stable URL
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Questions about this resource? Contact Ask a Librarian

Dictionary of Opera Characters

Alternative Titles
A Dictionary of Opera Characters
Who's Who in Opera

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. Well-known personalities contribute articles on favourite roles, for example, Placido Domingo writes on the character of Otello and Janet Baker on Mary Stuart. Other contributors include Andrew Porter, Sena Jurinac, Philip Langridge, Jonathan Miller, Sir Charles Mackerras, and Marie McLaughlin revealing much about the creative process behind some of the most famous performances in opera history.

Current edition.
Stable URL
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Questions about this resource? Contact Ask a Librarian

Music Periodicals Database

Alternative Titles
International Index to Music Periodicals (IIMP) Full Text

Indexes over 425 scholarly and popular music periodicals from more than twenty countries, plus full text for around 140 journals. The database currently includes over 1.3 million article records, the majority of which are journal articles from 1996 onward. Around 200,000 index records in Music Periodicals Database are from the backfile (up to 1995) and much of this coverage commences at the first issue of the journal run, some starting as early as 1874.

Music Periodicals Database covers a comprehensive range of subject areas in both scholarly and popular music journals ranging from International Journal of Music Education, Ethnomusicology, Jazz Education Journal and Musical Times to Rock and Rap Confidential and Rolling Stone. Articles examine the full spectrum of subjects and all aspects of music, including music education, performance, ethnomusicology, musical theatre, theory, popular music forms and composition. You can find articles on a diverse array of musical genres, from the liturgical chants of medieval monks to the eclectic sounds of contemporary alternative rock musicians.

Article Index
1874 - (Indexing); 1996 - (Full text)
Stable URL
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Questions about this resource? Contact Ask a Librarian


Alternative Titles
Journal Storage Project
Archival Journals Collections
Journal Archive
Journal Archives
University of California (UC) Press Journals
University of Chicago Press Journals
Current Scholarship Program (CSP)

Provides full-text access to the archives of core scholarly journals in the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences. Includes content from ten of the fourteen JSTOR multi-disciplinary Journals Archives Collections (Arts & Sciences I through IX; and Life Sciences) and most of the JSTOR discipline-specific Journals Archives Collections (Biological Sciences, Business I and II, Ecology & Botany I, Health & General Sciences, Language & Literature, Mathematics & Statistics, and Music).

In addition, JSTOR now also includes the full text of current issues (up to the latest issue) for selected journals from selected publishers, including the University of Chicago Press.

Please note: U-M does not currently have access to the following JSTOR Journals Archives Collections: Arts & Sciences X through XIII (ten through thirteen); Business III and IV; Ecology & Botany II; Hebrew Journals; Ireland; and Jewish Studies.

Article Index
Dates of coverage vary by journal title. All go back to the very first issue published, but most have a "moving wall" embargo that excludes issues from the most recent X years (where X can be anywhere from 0 up to 10 years, depending on the particular journal; most are in the 3 to 5 year embargo range).
Stable URL
More Information
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Questions about this resource? Contact Ask a Librarian

Indexes - Music

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature [EBSCO]
Coverage: 1967 -
Description: Indexes international scholarly literature in all genres of music, as well as music education, theory, therapy, and ethnomusicology. Currently provides verified bibliographic information with full citations and abstracts for over 500,000 records covering all document types: articles, books, bibliographies, catalogues, dissertations, Festschriften, iconographies, critical commentaries to complete works, ethnographic recordings, conference proceedings, electronic resources, reviews, and more. Full text is available for select items.
Access: Limited to authorized UM users (through validated sign-on).

Music Periodicals Database (formerly IIMP Full Text) [ProQuest]
Coverage: 1874 - (Indexing); 1996 - (Full text)
Description: Indexes over 500 international scholarly and popular music periodicals with full text for approximately 180 titles. Currently includes more than 770,000 records (the majority of which are journal articles from 1996 onward) plus detailed abstracts and full text from 1874 to the present. Covers a comprehensive scope of subject areas in journals ranging from Ethnomusicology, Jazz Education Journal and Musical Times to Rock & Rap Confidential and Rolling Stone.
Access: Limited to authorized UM users (through validated sign-on).

Music Index [EBSCO]
Coverage: 1970 -
Description: A comprehensive guide to music periodical literature, with coverage of both classical and popular music. Featuring content ranging from 1970 to the present, Music Index currently contains cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts of articles about music, musicians, and the music industry for more than 480 periodicals as well as book reviews, dissertations on music, obituaries, news, and selective coverage for more than 230 periodicals.
Access: Limited to authorized UM users (through validated sign-on).

Coverage: Dates of coverage vary by journal title (all are from first issue to most recent 3-5 years). Includes the full text of current issues (up to the latest issue) for selected journals from selected publishers.
Description: Provides full-text access to the archives of core scholarly journals in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Currently, approximately 60 music journals are included -- click here to view list.
Access: Limited to authorized UM users (through validated sign-on).

RIPM: Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals [EBSCO]
Coverage: 1800-1950
Description: An international annotated bibliography of writings on musical history and culture found in music periodicals published from 1800-1950 provided by internationally-recognized scholars and editors. Currently, over 140 music periodicals from 20 countries are indexed, including articles, reviews, news columns, illustrations, music examples, surveys of the press, bibliographies, iconography, advertisements and more. Includes writings about composers, performers, and compositions, and provides a documentary history of 19th- and 20th-century music and musical life.
Access: Limited to authorized UM users (through validated sign-on).

Page maintained by Jason Imbesi
Last modified: 08/22/2016

Call Number Outline for Music


M 1 - 5000: Music


  • M 2-2.3 Collections of musical sources
  • M 3-3.3 Collected works of individual composers
  • M 5-1480 Instrumental music
  • M 6-175.5 One solo instrument
    • M 6-14 Organ
    • M 20-39 Piano
    • M 40-44 Violin
    • M 45-49 Viola
    • M 50-54 Violoncello
    • M 55-58 Double bass
    • M 59 Other string instruments
    • M 60-64 Flute. Alto flute
    • M 65-69 Oboe
    • M 70-74 Clarinet. Bass (alto, etc.) clarinet. Basset clarinet
    • M 75-79 Bassoon. Contrabassoon
    • M 80-84 Horn
    • M 85-89 Trumpet. Cornet
    • M 90-94 Trombone. Bass trombone
    • M 95-99 Tuba
    • M 105-109 Saxophone
    • M 110 Other wind instruments
    • M 115-119 Harp
    • M 125-129 Guitar
    • M 140-141 Lute
    • M 142 Other plucked instruments
    • M 146 Drum(s)
    • M 172 Carillon
    • M 175 Other percussion instruments
  • M 177-990 Two or more solo instruments
    • M 180-298.5 Duets
    • M 300-386 Trios
    • M 400-486 Quartets
    • M 500-586 Quintets
    • M 600-686 Sextets
    • M 700-786 Septets
    • M 800-886 Octets
    • M 900-986 Nonets and larger combinations of purely chamber music
    • M 990 Chamber music for instruments of the 18th century and earlier
  • M 1000-1075 Orchestra
    • M 1001 Symphonies
    • M 1002 Symphonic poems
    • M 1003 Suites. Variations
    • M 1004 Overtures
    • M 1005-1041 Solo instrument(s) with orchestra
    • M 1042 Concertos for orchestra
    • M 1045-1075 Orchestra pieces
  • M 1100-1160 String orchestra
  • M 1200-1269 Band
  • M 1270 Fife (bugle) and drum music, field music, etc.
  • M 1350-1353 Reduced orchestra
  • M 1356-1356.2 Dance orchestra and instrumental ensembles
  • M 1360 Mandolin and similar orchestras of plucked instruments
  • M 1362 Accordion band
  • M 1363 Steel band
  • M 1365 Minstrel music
  • M 1366 Jazz ensembles
  • M 1375-1420 Instrumental music for children
  • M 1450 Dance music
  • M 1470 Chance compositions
  • M 1473 Electronic music
  • M 1480 Music with color or light apparatus
  • M 1490 Music printed or copied in manuscript before 1700
  • M 1495-2199 Vocal music
  • M 1497-1998 Secular vocal music
    • M 1500-1527.8 Dramatic music (operas, musicals, incidental music, ballets)
    • M 1528-1529.5 Duets, trios, etc., for solo voices
    • M 1530-1546.5 Choruses with orchestra or other ensemble
    • M 1547-1600 Choruses, part-songs, etc., with accompaniment of keyboard or other solo instrument, or unaccompanied
    • M 1608 Choruses, etc., in tonic sol-fa notation
    • M 1609 Unison choruses
    • M 1610 Cantatas, choral symphonies, etc., for unaccompanied chorus with or without solo voices
    • M 1611-1624.8 Songs
    • M 1625-1626 Recitations with music
    • M 1627-1853 Folk, national and ethnic music
    • M 1900-1978 Songs (part and solo) of special character
    • M 1985 Musical games
    • M 1990-1998 Secular vocal music for children
  • M 1999-2199 Sacred vocal music
    • M 1999 Collections
    • M 2000-2007 Dramatic music
    • M 2010-2017.6 Services (masses, etc.)
    • M 2018-2019.5 Duets, trios, etc. for solo voices
    • M 2020-2036 Choruses, cantatas, etc.
    • M 2060-2101.5 Choruses, part-songs, etc., with accompaniment of keyboard or other solo instrument, or unaccompanied
    • M 2102-2114.8 One solo voice
    • M 2115-2146 Hymnals. Hymn collections
    • M 2147-2188 Liturgy and ritual
      • M 2147-2155.6 Roman Catholic Church
      • M 2156-2160.87 Orthodox churches
      • M 2161-2183 Protestant churches
      • M 2184 Other Christian churches
      • M 2186-2187 Jewish
      • M 2188 Other non-Christian religions
    • M 2190-2196 Sacred vocal music for children
    • M 2198-2199 Popular religious and devotional music


ML 1 - 3930: Literature on music


  • ML 1-5 Periodicals. Serials
  • ML 12-21 Directories
  • ML 25-28 Societies and other organizations
  • ML 32-33 Institutions
  • ML 35-38 Festivals. Congresses
  • ML 40-44 Programs
  • ML 47-54.8 Librettos. Scenarios
  • ML 62-90 Special aspects, including writings of musicians
  • ML 93-96.5 Manuscripts, autographs, etc.
  • ML 100-109 Dictionaries. Encyclopedias
  • ML 110-111.5 Music librarianship
  • ML 112-112.5 Music printing and publishing
  • ML 112.8-158.8 Bibliography
    • ML 113-118 International
    • ML 120 National
    • ML 132 Graded lists. By medium
    • ML 135 Manuscripts
    • ML 136-158 Catalogs. Discography
    • ML 158.4-158.6 Video recordings 
  • ML 159-3785 History and criticism
    • ML 162-197 By period
    • ML 198-360 By region or country
      • ML 198-239 America
      • ML 240-325 Europe
      • ML 330-345 Asia
      • ML 348 Arab countries
      • ML 350 Africa
      • ML 360 Australia, Oceania
    • ML 385-429 Biography
    • ML 430-458 Composition and performance
    • ML 459-1380 Instruments and instrumental music
      • ML 465-471 By period
      • ML 475-547 By region or country
        • ML 475-486 America
        • ML 489-522 Europe
        • ML 525-541 Asia
        • ML 544 Africa
        • ML 547 Australia, Oceania
      • ML 548 Jews
      • ML 549-1093 Instruments
        • ML 549.8-649 Organ
        • ML 649.8-747 Piano, clavichord, harpsichord, etc.
        • ML 749.5-927 Bowed string instruments
        • ML 929-990 Wind instruments
        • ML 999-1015 Plucked instruments
        • ML 1030-1049 Percussion instruments
        • ML 1049.8-1091 Mechanical and other instruments
        • ML 1091.8-1093 Electronic instruments
      • ML 1100-1165 Chamber music
      • ML 1200-1270 Orchestra
      • ML 1299-1354 Band
      • ML 1379-1380 Electronic music. Computer music
    • ML 1400-3275 Vocal music
      • ML 1499-1554 Choral music
      • ML 1600-2881 Secular vocal music
      • ML 2900-3275 Sacred vocal music
    • ML 3300-3351 Program music
    • ML 3400-3465 Dance music
    • ML 3469-3541 Popular music
    • ML 3544-3776 Folk, national and ethnic music
  • ML 3790-3792 Music trade
  • ML 3795 Music as a profession
  • ML 3797-3799.5 Musical research
  • ML 3800-3923 Philosophical and societal aspects of music. Physics and acoustics of music.
    • ML 3805-3817 Physics and acoustics
    • ML 3820 Physiological aspects of music
    • ML 3830-3840 Psychology
    • ML 3845-3877 Aesthetics
    • ML 3880-3915 Criticism
    • ML 3916-3918 Social and political aspects of music
    • ML 3920 Therapeutic use of music
  • ML 3928-3930 Literature for children


MT 1 - 960: Musical instruction and study


  • MT 1 General works
  • MT 5.5-7 Music theory
  • MT 20-34 Systems and methods
  • MT 35-39 Notation
  • MT 40-67 Composition. Elements and techniques of music
    • MT 50 Harmony
    • MT 55 Counterpoint
    • MT 58-67 Forms and genres
  • MT 68 Improvisation. Accompaniment. Transposition
  • MT 70-74 Instrumentation and orchestration
  • MT 85 Conducting. Score reading
  • MT 90-146 Analysis and appreciation of musical works
    • MT 95-100 Opera, ballet, etc.
    • MT 110-115 Oratorios, cantatas, etc.
    • MT 125-130 Orchestral music
    • MT 140-145 Chamber and solo instrumental music
    • MT 146 Popular music
  • MT 170-810 Instrumental techniques
    • MT 180-198 Organ
    • MT 200-208 Reed organ
    • MT 220-255 Piano
    • MT 259-338 String instruments
      • MT 260-279.7 Violin
      • MT 280-298 Viola
      • MT 300-318 Violoncello
      • MT 320-334 Double bass
    • MT 339-533 Wind instruments
      • MT 340-359 Flute
      • MT 360-379 Oboe
      • MT 380-392 Clarinet
      • MT 400-415 Bassoon
      • MT 418 Brass instruments
      • MT 420-432 Horn
      • MT 440-456 Trumpet
      • MT 460-472 Trombone
      • MT 480-488 Tuba
      • MT 500-510 Saxophone
    • MT 539-654 Plucked instruments
      • MT 540-557 Harp
      • MT 560-570 Banjo
      • MT 580-599 Guitar
      • MT 600-612 Mandolin
      • MT 620-634 Zither
      • MT 640-654 Lute, balalaika, etc.
    • MT 655-725 Percussion and other instruments
    • MT 728-728.3 Chamber music
    • MT 730 Orchestra
    • MT 733-733.6 Band
    • MT 740-810 Instrumental techniques for children
  • MT 820-915 Singing and vocal technique
    • MT 825-850 Systems and methods
    • MT 855-883 Special techniques
    • MT 898-915 Techniques for children
  • MT 918-948 School music
  • MT 955-956 Musical theater
Page maintained by Jason Imbesi
Last modified: 06/27/2013


Subscribe to RSS - Music