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  • Classical Scores Library
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    Includes classical scores and manuscripts. The major composers output is represented, as well as many lesser known composers and works. The collection includes works spanning time periods from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Coverage of score types is comprehensive, with full scores, study scores, piano and vocal scores, and piano reductions.
  • Digital Scores and Libretti from Harvard University
    Hundreds of digital scores and libretti from the Harvard Library collections, including first and early editions and manuscript copies of music from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries by J.S. Bach and Bach family members, Mozart, Schubert and other composers, as well as multiple versions of nineteenth century opera scores, seminal works of musical modernism, and music of the Second Viennese School.
  • Neue Mozart-Ausgabe: Digitized Version
    The digitized version offers the musical text and the critical commentaries of the entire Neue Mozart-Ausgabe, edited by the Internationale Stiftung Mozart in cooperation with the Mozart cities of Augsburg, Salzburg, and Vienna. The printed edition has been published by Bärenreiter-Verlag ( and Some restrictions apply to the reproduction of images of source materials, particularly in the supplement to the edition.
  • Schumann Autographs
    Bonn University Library holds an extensive collection of music autographs and letters from Clara and Robert Schumann. The Schumann autographs are freely accessible, the use is free of charge.
  • Sibley Digital Scores from the Eastman School of Music
    Over 18,000 public domain scores digitized with the support of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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  • Classical Music in Video
    Contains hours of classical music performances and masterclasses covering all forms of classical music, including major orchestral performances, chamber music, oratorio and solo performances, and interviews with master teachers worldwide, all captured on video.
  • Dance in Video
    Provides access to streaming video of dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance.
  • Naxos Music Library
    Offers streaming access to over 92,000 classical music CDs and over one million tracks, both standard and rare repertoire.
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  • Creating a Student Playlist Account Naxos Music Library
  • Opera in Video
    Provides access to streaming videos of opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Please use Internet Explorer or Safari if you wish to view subtitles.

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Reference Books

Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians.  ML 105 .B16 2001

Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th ed.  ML 102 .P66 G84 2006

Harvard Dictionary of Music.  ML 100 .H37 2003

New Grove Dictionary of American Music.  ML 101 .U6 N48 1986

New Grove Dictionary of Jazz.  ML 102 .J3 N48 2002

New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed.  ML 100 .N48 2001

New Grove Dictionary of Opera.  ML 102 .O6 N5 1992


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  • Academic Search Premier
    Multidisciplinary database covering social sciences, humanities, education, physical and life sciences, and ethnic studies.
  • Dissertation Abstracts
    Indexes U.S. doctoral dissertations completed at accredited institutions since 1861 (abstracts since 1980) and dissertations and theses, most with abstracts, from the U.K. and Ireland since 1716; includes some dissertations from Canada, and Europe, as well as some master's theses and foreign language dissertations. All OU Dissertations are full text; all dissertations 1997 to present are full text.
    Provides access to materials in African-American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Ecology, Economics, Education, Finance, General Science, History, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Population Studies, Sociology, Statistics. It is a digitized archive of the backfiles of selected scholarly journals. Full text available.
  • Music Index
    International index covering international music periodicals with a broad range of subject matter. Materials indexed include historiographic, ethnographic, and musicological data, reviews, tapes and performances.
  • RILM Abstracts (1969 - present)
    International index to vocal and instrumental music materials, including articles, books, bibliographies, catalogs, conference proceedings, discographies, dissertations, ethnographic recordings, Festschriften, films, iconographies, reviews and videos.
  • RIPM: Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (1800-1950)
    Provides access to international coverage of the music periodical literature published from the late 18th- to mid-20th-centuries in Europe and the United States.
  • WorldCat
    An international, multi-disciplinary catalog of books, Internet resources, audio visual materials, manuscripts, maps, sound recordings and other materials held by over 20,000 OCLC libraries. It contains materials representing 400 languages.

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Finding Dissertation Proposals

To help students locate proposals approved of the members of their committee, the names of committee members are included in the notes field of the catalog record.  From the Library catalog's search page, select "Fine Arts Library" and search the faculty member’s name and the word “proposal” you’ll get a list of all the proposals they’ve participated in. For example, searching “Wagner proposal” generates the following list of projects Dr. Wagner has approved of.  

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