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American Song
Classical Music Library
Contemporary World Music
Jazz Music Library
Naxos Music Library Jazz
Naxos Music Library
Smithsonian Global Sound

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Naxos Video Library
Dance in Video


Music Online: Listening

Search all Alexander Street Press databases (American Song, Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, Jazz Music Library, Smithsonian Global Sound); includes some unique popular music tracks, both classic and obscure.

Off-campus access instructions ~~ Off-campus iPhone instructions ~~ Mobile access

American Song

Tracks: 69,000+
Scope: American music with historical emphasis, including politics, civil rights, prohibition, war. Includes content from African American Song.
Labels include: Rounder, McNeil, Native Ground, Smithsonian Folkways, Stax.
Extras: create playlists; get updates via rss feed.
Send to mobile via text, email, short link, or QR code.

Classical Music Library

Tracks: 65,000+
Scope: Western classical music of all periods and repertoires.
Labels include: Arabesque, Artemis Classics/Vanguard, ASV, Bridge, EMI Classics, Hänssler Classics, Hyperion, Lyrichord, Nimbus, and Vox (34 labels total).
Extras: bi-monthly free download, themed play lists, biographies, still images, glossary, blog. Downloads available for purchase.
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Contemporary World Music

Tracks: 25,000+
Scope: a blend of contemporary and traditional world music recordings. Focus on contemporary genres such as fusion and world beat.
Labels include: Topic, Playasound, Budamusique, Air Mail Music, Manuiti, Crossing Records, Lyrichord World Music, Navras Records, and INEDIT.
Extras: personal and themed playlists.
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Tracks: 15,000+
Scope: Primarily American music including folk, opera, Native American, jazz, 19th century classical, early rock, musical theater, contemporary, electronic.
Labels include: New World, CRI, Albany, innova, Cedille, Pogus, Deep listening, Mutable Music, Cold Blue, Artifact and Frog Peak Music.
Extras: complete liner notes.

Jazz Music Library

Tracks: 60,000+
Scope: Jazz, blues.
Search by: performer, composer, title, genre, instrument, ensemble, recording date and place, label.
Labels include: Audiophile, Concord Jazz, Jazzology, Prestige, and more.
Extras: personal play lists, complete liner notes.
Send to mobile via text, email, short link, or QR code.

Naxos Music Library Jazz

Tracks: 22,600+
Scope: jazz, blues, R&B.
Labels include: Naxos Jazz, Prophone, Proprius, and the 22 labels in the Fantasy Jazz family.
Extras: personal play lists.
Downloads available for purchase.
iPhone app available.

Naxos Music Library

Tracks: 658,000+
Scope: Western classical music of all periods and repertoires, jazz, world, folk, Chinese, New Age/“adult contemporary”.
Labels include: Naxos, Analekta, BIS, Chandos, Gimell, Hungariton, Marco Polo, Opera Rara, Signum Classics, Wergo.
Extras: “moods and scenarios” search, opera libretti and synopses, glossary, musical terms dictionary, pronunciation guide, audiobook transcriptions, podcasts, blog, newsletter.
Downloads available for purchase.
iPhone app available.

Creating a student playlist account in Naxos (YouTube)
Building playlists in Naxos (YouTube)

Smithsonian Global Sound

Tracks: 41,000+
Scope: traditional, vernacular, folk, spoken word, sound environment, field recordings, children’s music.
Labels/archives include: Smithsonian Folkways, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, Paredon, the International Library of African Music, and the Archive Research Centre for Ethnomusicology.
Extras: radio shuffle streams, video clips, podcasts, artist biographies, play lists, lesson plans.
Downloads available for purchase.
Send to mobile
via text, email, short link, or QR code.

High-definition webcasts from many other leading festivals, including Aix-en-Provence, Saint-Denis, Aspen, Glyndebourne, and Lucerne, as well as from such music venues as the Opéra National de Paris, Auditorium du Louvre, Cité de la Musique, and Salle Pleyel in Paris, and Milan's famed La Scala. Many operas and concerts performed by the world's top-flight artists and orchestras have been webcast both as live events and later as video-on-demand.

Naxos Video Library

Works:  540+ full-length videos
Scope: Operas, ballets, concerts, documentaries
Labels include: Arthaus, EuroArts, Haenssler Classics, Innova, Opus Arte

Extras: playlists; track markers

Dance in Video

Works: 286 videos
Scope: classical and contemporary dance; coaching sessions; interviews
Extras: playlists; track markers



E-journals & articles

Most databases are restricted to Stanford users. 

~ Full Text Databases ~

JSTOR offers full text of journal issues for over 70 music publications. The most recent issues (generally 2-5 years) are not available. View the list of journals by discipline, years of coverage, and descriptions.

Project Muse offers full text for the most current issues for 12 music journals. View the list of journals by discipline, years of coverage, and descriptions.

Academic Search Premier indexes 8000 journal titles and provides full text for over 4500, in many humanities disciplines including music. View the list of journals by discipline.

Highwire Press, a division of Stanford University Libraries, offers access to an increasing number of humanities journals.

Google Scholar links to full text articles and book excerpts available to Stanford users.  Use the SEARCH box in the upper left corner of this site.

View a list of all e-journals available through Stanford Libraries.

Individual journal titles may be searched in SearchWorks; results will include links to full text if available.

Not sure if a journal is peer-reviewed/refereed?  Look it up in Ulrich's Periodicals Directory.


New! xSearch allows you to do a single search across multiple databases.  You can also search the music-specific databases only.

~ Online Indexes ~

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
Online coverage: 1967-present
Entries: 450,000+
Types of entries indexed: articles, reviews, books, bibliographies, catalogs, conference proceedings, dissertations, Festschriften, discographies.

Music Index
Online coverage: 1974-present
Entries: 1,000,000+
Print coverage: 1949-present (Music Reference ML113 .M987)
Types of entries indexed: articles, obituaries, book and music reviews.

IIMP: International Index to Music Periodicals
Online coverage: ca. 1996-present (coverage of some titles spans earlier dates)
Entries: 720,000+
Types of entries indexed: articles, obituaries, book and music reviews.

RIPM: Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals
Online coverage: late 18th century-early 20th century
Entries: 450,000+

see also:

Bibliographie des Musikschriftums (Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin)
Hofmeister XIX (Royal Holloway, University of London)


~ Stanford links ~

Classical Scores Library : over 24,000 printable scores
LibraryMusicSource includes printable solo, chamber, and orchestral parts
Byron Hoyt Sheet Music : printable scores of standard vocal, piano, and chamber music
MuseData : an electronic library of classical music scores, sponsored by CCARH
Scores and parts for Bach, Handel, Mozart, and Vivaldi, also from CCARH
Stanford songs (pdf)


Index to Printed Music (IPM)
Music-In-Print Online

~ Printed and manuscript scores on the web ~

The Music Treasures Consortium (Library of Congress)
The Mutopia Project
International Music Score Library Project
Sibley Music Library Scores (Eastman)
Digitized Score Collection (Bavarian State Library)
Loeb Music Library Digital Scores Collection (Harvard)
Juilliard Manuscript Collection
Choral Public Domain Library
Hofmeister XIX (digitized 19th c. catalog of printed music)
The Classical String Quartet, 1770-1840 (Duke University)
Music Library Digital Scores Collection (University of Washington)
Jewish Art Music (Jewish Theological Seminary)
Early Music Online (British Library)

Single-composer collections:

Beethoven-Haus Bonn Digital Archives
Brahms-Institut an der Musikhochschule Lübeck
Chopin Early Editions (University of Chicago)
Fryderyk Chopin Digital Collection (Polish National Library, Warsaw)
Georg Friedrich Handel Werke (Chrysander Edition ; Bavarian State Library)
Franz Liszt Werke (Carl-Alexander-Ausgabe ; Bavarian State Library)
Jean-Baptiste Lully Collection (University of North Texas)
Mendelssohn-Edition (Bavarian State Library)
Neue Mozart-Ausgabe
Ignaz Pleyel Early Editions Digital Collection (University of Iowa)
Schubert Autographs project
Robert Schumann Werke (Bavarian State Library)
Robert Schumann autographs at the University of Bonn


~ Sheet music on the web ~

Sheet Music Consortium
19th-Century California Sheet Music (UC Berkeley)
Digital Archive of American Popular Music (UCLA)
Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music (Johns Hopkins University)
Historic American Sheet Music (Duke University)
Digital Sheet Music (University of Colorado)
Sheldon Harris Sheet Music Collection (University of Mississippi) (purchase popular sheet music downloads)

The American Memory Project at the Library of Congress includes the following collections:
African American Sheet Music, 1850-1920
"We'll Sing to Abe our Song": Sheet Music about Lincoln, Emancipation, and the Civil War
Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1820-1860 & 1870-1885
Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920
America Singing: 19th-Century Song Sheets



~ Major music reference works ~

Oxford Music Online includes Grove Music Online (the definitive, exhaustive music encyclopedia), the Oxford Companion to Music, the Oxford Dictionary of Music and the Encyclopedia of Popular Music.

The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music is the first major encyclopedia devoted to the music of all the world’s peoples.

Top of Form

Each of the above titles is also available in print in the Music Library.

Oxford Reference Works : Performing Arts collection allows you to search multiple encyclopedias and dictionaries on opera, theater, and related topics.


A small but growing number of music-related books may be found online:

The Online Books Page
Early English Books Online
Google Books
Dissertations and Theses @ Stanford

Stanford Humanities Digital Information Services
links to sites for American, British, and German poetry online, including works of Schiller, Goethe, and Brecht.


About off-campus access

Access to most databases listed on this site is restricted to current Stanford students, faculty and staff. To use restricted databases and journals from computers outside the Stanford network you must connect through Stanford's authenticated proxy server. An increasing number of databases are available for mobile devices.

Proxy set-up instructions for off-campus access

Configure the iPhone/iPad to work with a library proxy

Naxos Music Library, Naxos Jazz, and DRAM may be accessed via the links on this site. A separate proxy set-up is not required.


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