Reference Materials - Music
American Choral Music at the Library of Congress
"[A]ccess to significant choral music in the public domain by the leading American composers of the time." From the Library of Congress and the American Choral Directors Association.
American Memory from the Library of Congress: Performing Arts, Music
Access to the performing arts and music collections of the Library of Congress's American Memory project.
A guide to writings about Bach.
Belfer Cylinders Digital Connection
"Provides online access to digital audio files of cylinders in the Belfer Audio Laboratory and Archive." From Syracuse University.
Choral Public Domain Library
"Free choral/vocal scores, texts, translations, and other useful information."
Online classical radio and information about classical music.
Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project
"Cylinder recordings, the first commercially produced sound recordings, are a snapshot of musical and popular culture in the decades around the turn of the 20th century. ... On this site you will have the opportunity to find out more about the cylinder format, listen to thousands of musical and spoken selections from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and discover a little-known era of recorded sound." From the Department of Special Collections, Donald C. Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Free Music Archive
"The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads."
Global Music Archive
"The Global Music Archive is a multi-media reference archive and resource center for traditional and popular song, music, and dance of Africa and the Americas." From the Blair School of Music and the University Libraries at Vanderbilt University.
"Free Ear Training on the Net."
Provides sheet music, lyrics, and background information for hymns.
IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library
Provides public domain scores and recordings.
Jazz Studies Online
"Jazz Studies Online aims to broaden thinking about jazz. We have selected a wide range of digital resources - journal articles, book chapters, magazines, teaching materials, talks, internet links, and performances - to represent the diversity and innovation in jazz studies. Some of the themes explored here are the impact of jazz on modern art, on cultural and social struggles, and on any field of human interaction that may involve improvisation." From Columbia University.
The Kennedy Center: Millennium Stage Broadcast Archive
Free streaming videos of performances from the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Also listed under Theatre and Film.
The Leonard Bernstein Collection at the Library of Congress
"[A] selection of 85 photographs, 177 scripts from the Young People's Concerts, 74 scripts from the Thursday Evening Previews, and over 1,100 pieces of correspondence" from the Library of Congress's Leonard Bernstein collection.
Live Music Archive
Free recordings of live concerts from the Internet Archive.
Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music at the Library of Congress
The collection this website is based on "contains more than 62,500 pieces of historical sheet music registered for copyright: more than 15,000 registered during the years 1820-1860 and more than 47,000 registered during the years 1870-1885. Included are popular songs, operatic arias, piano music, sacred and secular choral music, solo instrumental music, method books and instructional materials, and music for band and orchestra."
A "collection of highly-customizable online music theory flash cards."
Lessons and exercises for learning music theory.
Music Theory and History Online
Music theory information.
A non-profit that "provide[s] recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions."
The Mutopia Project
"The Mutopia Project offers sheet music editions of classical music for free download."
National Jukebox at the Library of Congress
"Historical Recordings from the Library of Congress."
A search engine to find sheet music, tabs, lyrics, backing tracks, and audio. Based in Russia, some items may be protected by copyright in the U.S.
Sheet Music Consortium
"The Sheet Music Consortium provides tools and services that promote access to and use of online sheet music collections." From the UCLA Library.
Liner notes, radio, music samples, and information about recordings issued by Folkways.
Songs of America at the Library of Congress
"The Songs of America presentation allows you to explore American history as documented in the work of some of our country's greatest composers, poets, scholars, and performers. ... The user can listen to digitized recordings, watch performances of artists interpreting and commenting on American song, and view sheet music, manuscripts, and historic copyright submissions online. The site also includes biographies, essays and curated content, interactive maps, a timeline and teaching resources offering context and expert analysis to the source material."
Resources for learning music theory.
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