Got Music?

From now until July 9, be sure to add the Music Online Reference database to your Liszt of favorite websites.  The Ross Pendergraft Library is conducting a trial of this comprehensive music resource for Western classical music, World Music, Scores, and African American music.  You can find it in our A-to-Z list of databases, under New/Trial databases.

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The collection includes reference titles like the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Baker’s Dictionary of Music, Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, and Baker’s Student Encyclopedia of Music.

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Search the entire collection for composers, movements, music terminology, instruments, and periods of music history.  You can also explore each collection separately:

  • African American Music Reference
  • Classical Music Reference Library
  • Reference
  • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music
  • Classical Scores Library

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The African American Music Reference collection includes personal narratives from oral historians and interviews, as well as manuscripts, songsheets, lyrics, and other text sources.  The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music updates the 10-volume paper version in the Library’s Reference Collection and makes it searchable—no need to read it from front to Bach.

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The Garland Encyclopedia also includes audio tracks of music from around the world, in a variety of musical traditions, instruments, and cultural groups.  You might find some of these tracks Verdi inspiring.

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The Classical Scores Library contains more than 51,000 titles and 1.3 printable pages of important scores from the Middle Ages to the present day.  It includes scores from 4,600 composers. But don’t Strauss over too much information—each list of results can be limited by composer, work, score type, music key, and more.

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Each entry can be cited in multiple citation styles (APA, MLA, Chicago) and exported into Refworks.  Vivaldi options, your research paper is really going to Rachmaninoff!

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Give Music Online Reference a spin and tell us what you think.  Your feedback helps the Library make the best selections while we’re Chopin around for the music resources.  Send us a note at AskALibrarian and tell us what you think about this database, other databases, or all these terrible puns.  Hurry–the trial ends July 9th!