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Welcome to the subject guide for Music. On this page you'll find a list of specialist databases for music which are available via the Library in addition to the books and journals you find when searching the Library's holdings. If you are looking for music scores use the tab along the top of the screen to find more details
a collection of reference materials covering the history of Western classical music, includes Baker's Dictionary of Music, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, and Baker's Student Encyclopedia of Music.
NCCO includes British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture. This archival collection features a wide range of primary sources related to the arts in the Victorian era, from playbills and scripts to operas and complete scores
searchable access to the entire text of Grove Music Online, the Encyclopedia of Popular Music, The Oxford Companion to Music, and The Oxford Dictionary of Music, as well as timelines, biographies, guides, images and other research resources. Updated regularly
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Rock and Roll library. Provides over 22,000 searchable, full-text articles, interviews and reviews from the world's best music writers and critics, from the late 1950s to the present day. Also includes MP3 audio files of original artist interviews. Updated weekly
BoB is Learning on Screen’s on demand TV and radio service for education; Users can record programmes from over 65 free-to-air channels and an extensive archive of tv and radio broadcasts. You can create and share playlists and clips. NB: BoB is NOT AVAILABLE outside the UK.
Listen to a selection from the British Library’s extensive collections of unique sound recordings, which come from all over the world and cover the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sound
digital sound database - 'the world's most comprehensive collection of classical music online' - containing the complete Naxos, Marco Polo and Da Capo catalogues and titles from 50 other labels; allows streamed access to over 75,000 CDs with more than 1 million tracks. Over 800 CDs are added monthly; 7 concurrent-user access
five hundred hours of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries featuring some of the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses
Images of musical scores, manuscripts, composers, performers, instruments, set designs, and venues such as concert halls and opera houses, as well as plentiful examples of musical iconography, represent music through the ages.
Rights-cleared images for educational purposes includes images from Lebrecht Music and Art Photo Library, Bridgeman Art Library and Encyclopaedia Britannica. Use the cite option under the image to credit photos)
Concert adverts, programs and reviews
The Library has access to a number of useful sources for finding adverts, programs and reviews relating to concerts and music festivals.
This collection from The Bodleian Library includes a 19th Century entertainment category which can be narrowed down to music titles and musicians and opera singers. Includes theatre programme and sheet music covers.
The Listener (1929-1991) was the weekly newspaper published by the BBC and is one of the few records and means of accessing the content of many early broadcasts. As well as commenting on and expanding on the intellectual broadcasts of the week, The Listener also previewed major literary and musical programmes