Naxos Music Library had almost 50,000 discs and over 780,000 tracks of streamed music in July 2011. Its holdings continue to grow. A useful feature is the Naxos Study Area. It covers Intermediate and Advanced Level topics (according to the UK music education system), providing clearly laid-out information and targeted exercises, all with links to relevant music extracts.
In the resources section there are audio transcriptions: The history of classical music; The history of opera; The instruments of the orchestra; and The story of classical music. There are also currently 25 podcasts to listen to such as, John Rutter talks to Edward Seckerson about his new choral release.
BBC Northern Ireland launched its Ulster-Scots website in May 2011. This excellent resource will be useful for those researching culture in Northern Ireland. Every aspect of Ulster Scots culture is covered. You can add your own patch to the site’s growing Community Quilt where people speak about what Ulster-Scots means to them.
For its American Memory Collection Library of Congress has digitised Fort Valley State Music festivals, 1938-1943. You can search by keyword, performer or manuscript and you can also listen to over 100 audio files. The recordings document what may be the first folk festival organized entirely by and for African Americans.
Promotional photographs of Dutch pop music; The Danish National Digital Sheet Music Archive; Music in the National Library of Spain This digital collection of printed books of music is composed of musical codex from the 12th and 13th century, choral books for organs, ‘zarzuela’ manuscripts, editions of Spanish opera, textbooks to study different instruments such as vihuelas, harps, violins, guitars, pianos and dancing. There are also books of Renaissance, Mannierist and Baroque musical theory; The Digital Library of the National Library of France scores & sound recordings; Digitised Heritage in the National and University Library, Croatia Sound recordings; Sound recordings in the Hungarian National Digital Data Archives ; Digitised songs from Slovenia; New chords: digitised Slovenian music journal ; New music: which continues, New Chords; Music manuscripts of Alphons Diepenbrock; Self-playing musical instruments from the 15th to 20th centuries along with relevant musical programmes and documentation
A major revision and redesign of the Irish Traditional Music Archive website has been carried out over the last few months. The new site has greatly enhanced access and search capabilities, and will be an important platform for an expansion of ITMA’s services in the coming years.
The Performing Arts Encyclopedia is a Library of Congress resource in which you can explore music theatre and dance. Library of Congress has extensive archives for research into dancers such as Cole, Hawkins, Nuryev, and St. Denis and many more, though unfortunately these resources are not online. The encyclopedia has, however, an excellent online resource for the modern dance exponents Martha Graham, and Katherine Dunham. The Martha Graham Collection gives photographs and information on all of her 166 ballets, with press cuttings of reviews. The Dunham Collection includes videos demonstrating Dunham techniques. There is also an online Aaron Copeland Collection which can be browsed by title, composition, and correspondence.
The British Library’s Archival Sound Recordings project comprises 45,000 selected recordings of music, spoken word and human and natural environments. You can listen to over 23,000 non-copyright recordings. There are classical music, jazz and popular music, world and traditional music, and oral history sections. BL makes these recordings available for non-commercial research, study and private enjoyment. When you login you will be prompted to name your institution and you will require your UU network username and password.
In the CHARM website you can access an online discography, a library of ex-copyright recordings, early recording history, and methods for analysing recordings. The site also has a “download area” which includes, World Encyclopaedia of Music; Gray’s Bibliography of Discographies and Philip Stuart Discographies. Access is free.
PRIMO is developed and managed by the Institute of Musical Research, University of London, in conjunction with the University of London Computer Centre. It is an open resource of practice-based music research in which the primary medium is not the written word but the sonic or multi-media event. You will find full-length and excerpted rehearsals, workshops, performances and demonstrations of various kinds. Each item is accompanied by a description and abstract giving a summary of the item’s content and its contribution to current research. Access to the site is free though in order to monitor copyright compliance, the Institute of Musical Research requires all those wishing to view, listen to, or download items to register with PRIMO and to log in on each visit.
Gold membership of Piano Street (for which there is a charge) gives access to a piano forum, over 30,000 pages of classical piano sheet music, mp3 recordings, a music dictionary, autograph mss, and e-books on piano technique. There is also a free silver membership offering a more limited access.