Songs & singing guide
(see also the Opera guide)
~ Recordings ~
Find circulating CDs and DVDs in the Searchworks library catalog.
Find online audio files in Streaming Media Databases
Find historical recordings in the Archive of Recorded Sound.
Search tip: If a song is part of larger work, search the title of the larger work.
(e.g., search for Wicked to find "Defying gravity").
~ Printed music ~
Find printed scores and sheet music in the Searchworks library catalog.
Indexes to songs in collections:
Popular Song Index (Havlice)
Literature for Voice
The Song Index of the Enoch Pratt Free Library
Where's That Tune? an Index to Songs in Fakebooks
Find That Tune: and Index to Rock, Folk-Rock, Disco & Soul in Collections
Songs in Collections: an Index
Index to Song Books
Song Index (Sears)
Song Index (U of Tennessee, online)
Browse the stacks:
M1500 Operas and musicals, full score (shelved by composer)
M1503 Operas and musicals, piano accompaniment (shelved by composer)
M1507 Opera aria collections, voice and piano
M1528-9 Duets, trios, quartets, etc.
M1611-12 Song collections with orchestra
M1613-14 Single songs with orchestra
M1619 Song collections, multiple composers
M1620 Song collections, single composers
M1621 Single songs
M1621.4 Song cycles
M1627-29 American national and folk music
M1630.18 Popular song collections, including fakebooks
M1700 National and folk music of other countries
M2010-16 Masses and other services
M2018-19 Duets, trios, quartets, etc.
M2102-13 Arias, cantatas, songs
ML48 Libretto collections
ML49 Libretto collections, by composer
ML50 Librettos for individual stage works
ML54.6 Song texts, including popular music
View online score collections here [link forthcoming]
~Books and articles ~
Read the article on Singing in Grove Music Online
Find books in the Searchworks library catalog.
Browse the stacks:
ML1400 General histories, and by century and country
ML1460 History of vocal technique
ML1700 Histories of opera and other stage musicals
ML2500 Song genres and forms
ML2900 Sacred songs
MT820 Singing technique
MT821 Physiology and care of the voice
MT825 Teaching systems and methods
MT855 Special techniques (sight-singing; diction; acting)
See books on diction here.
See books on pronunciation here.
FInd articles using the xSearch music cross-database tool (new!)
See periodicals related to singing here.
~ Links ~
Lied, art song, and choral texts archive
JS Bach: texts of the complete vocal works, with English translations and commentary
IPA Source (International Phonetic Alphabet transcriptions and translations)
Am I right? (misheard lyrics and song parodies)