Music--History & Theory

Best Bets

  • Naxos Music Library
    comprehensive collection of online classical music available on your computer or smart phone.
  • Oxford Music Online
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
    comprehensive, ongoing guide to publications on music from all over the world, including journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, and dissertations. 1967-present.
  • Music Periodicals Database
    Searches several hundred international music periodicals from over 20 countries, plus full text for more than 140 of the indexed journals. The database covers all aspects of music, including music education, performance, ethnomusicology, musical theatre, theory, popular music forms and composition.

Dates, Bios, & Definitions

  • Oxford Music Online
    Major music resource with 3 different resources to search:
    • search The Oxford Companion to Music
      short biographical entries on musicians, as well as musical term definitions
    • search The Oxford Dictionary of Music
      Need a quick definition? Look here!
    • search Grove Music Online
      The major music encyclopedia: authoritative (but long) entries; good starting point for research
  • OnMusic Dictionary
    Definitions, audio pronounciation, and occasional music/video examples (OnMusic is the successor to the Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary)

Citing Your Sources with Irvine's

Help guides for Irvine's Writing about Music
Irvine's is available in the Music Reference section at the IC Library

Contact Us

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Kristina Shanton

Music Librarian
(607) 274-3887

Browse the Stacks

 ML48-54 Librettos
 ML93-96 Manuscripts/Facsimiles
 ML100-102 Dictionaries/Encyclopedias
 ML128 Subject Bibliographies 
 ML159-307 Music History
 ML410--429 Biographies
 ML549-747 Keyboard Instruments
 ML750-927 String Instruments
 ML930--990 Wind Instruments
 ML1030-1040 Percussion Instruments
 ML1100-1165 Chamber Music
 ML1200-1270 Orchestral Music
 ML1300-1354 Band Music
 ML1400-2951 Vocal Music
 MT6-18 Music Theory
 MT40-68 Composition
 MT70-88 Orchestration
 MT90-165 Analytical Guides

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