• Bach Archive and Bibliography

    The Bach Archive and the J.S. Bach Bibliography are complementary to the Bach HomePage created by Jan Hanford. Jan’s pages and those presented here can be seen as a joint project set up to promote world-wide web interest in and knowledge about one of the greatest achievements of western civilization of all time, namely the musical oeuvre of Johann Sebastian Bach.

  • Bach Bibliography (Queen’s University of Belfast)

    As of August 2007, this database contained nearly 24,000 reference items (the exact number and the date of the last upload are always displayed on the homepage). Materials include: published books of scholarly contents, book reviews, published articles of scholarly contents, published facsimiles, unpublished dissertations (Masters and Doctoral) from universities, and unpublished papers read at recognized conferences or meetings.

  • Bach Catalog

    Easy to use interface for works organized by category and BWV number.

  • Beethoven Bibliography (San Jose State University)

    The Beethoven Bibliography Database is a fully-indexed bibliography of published materials relating to Ludwig van Beethoven. The database currently includes about 14,000 bibliographic records for books, articles, and first and early editions of scores from the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies at San Jose State University collection. All materials are being indexed using terms from the Beethoven Thesaurus.

  • Classical Composers Database

    Includes 1900 composers, timelines, and birth dates.

  • Composer Biographies

    Part of the larger site, OrchestraNET, this page provides biographical information on major European composers and criticism of their works. It also provides links to other music-related Web sites.


    Evolving project includes discographies, bibliographies,and information on conferences, workshops and festivals. Also provides chronologies of Handel's life and times and major works.

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully Collection at University of North Texas

    This Website was conceived in 1996 both as a multimedia thematic catalog of the UNT Music Library’s collection of early editions of operas and ballets by the French Baroque composer Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632–1687), and as a nucleus for collecting information useful to anyone studying those works.

  • Clara Schumann Home Page (David Kenneth Smith)

    This web site celebrates the life and music of Clara Schumann. It includes information such as a biography, bibliographies, and discographies of Schumann.

  • Telemann Catalog

    Presents a structured catalog of works by performing forces and TWV numbers.

  • Works Numbers for Selected Composers

    Some of the work numbering systems in use for major composers are explained.

Early Music

  • Arto Wikla's Early Music Pages

    This site contains lists of links to early music information such as publications, treatises, bibliographies, music examples, instrument makers, researchers, ensembles, educational institutes, and societies.

  • CANTUS: A Database for Latin Ecclesiastical Chant (Catholic University/University of Western Ontario)

    CANTUS is a database made up of indices of the chants in sources of the liturgical Office. It uses as models two older kinds of indices—those published in various facsimile editions of sources (for example, Palographie musicale), and those presented by Dom Ren-Jean Hesbert in Corpus Antiphonalium Officii.

  • Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature (Indiana University)

    The Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature (CHMTL) at Indiana University brings together various print and online projects.

  • Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music

    The Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music aims to digitize and enhance images of fragmentary British manuscripts of medieval polyphonic music, a rich and neglected repertory that survives mainly in fragmentary and often barely legible sources. It is the intention of the project to create a new permanent electronic archive of these images for their long-term storage, both to facilitate wider study of this music and its sources and as a security measure to assure their permanent preservation.

  • The Gregorian Chant Home Page (Princeton University)

    The main purpose of the Gregorian Chant Home Page is to support advanced research on Gregorian chant, particularly in the graduate seminar "Problems in Early Christian Music" (Music 511) taught at Princeton. The scholarly study of Gregorian chant is a wide-ranging, multi-faceted venture that interacts with many other areas of study, just as the liturgy for which it was created influenced many other areas of individual and social life.

  • Hill Museum & Manuscript Library(Saint John's University, Minnesota)

    HMML represents one of the largest and most comprehensive archives of medieval and Renaissance sources in the world. The collection includes substantial holdings from Germany and Austria (including the National Library in Vienna), Spain, Portugal, England, Malta,Ethiopia and smaller collections from other countries. Virtually every subject of knowledge—theology, philosophy, law (canon and civil), music, art, science and medicine, the mechanical arts and the liberal arts—is reflected in this vast collection. More than a repository of manuscripts, the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library is one of the best research libraries in medieval studies in the country.

  • ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400–1700 CE)

    A bibliography of approximately 225,000 records from the complete runs of more than 300 scholarly journal titles pertaining to the Renaissance (1300–1700) and Middle Ages (400–1299). Also under construction is a bibliography of books (monographs) covering the same time period. Music coverage includes more than 1100 titles.

  • The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies (Georgetown University)

    The Labyrinth provides free, organized access to electronic resources in medieval studies. The Labyrinth’s easy-to-use menus and links provide connections to databases, services, texts, and images on other servers around the world.

  • Lexicon musicum Latinum medii aevi (Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften)

    Dictionary of Medieval Latin Musical Terminology to the End of the 15th Century includes manuscript sources, index, incipits, texts, bibliography, and glossary.

  • Medieval Music & Arts Foundation

    Information and resources for medieval, renaissance and non-Western music. Offers reviews, discussions, answers to frequently asked questions, and analysis for various styles. Features extensive surveys, discographies and links.

  • Medieval Music Database (La Trobe University)

    The Scribe Database is a systematic collection of scores, color images, texts and bibliographic information of medieval music which can be searched by text or melody and which will return musical information in the form of a modern score, text data and, where available, a color facsimile of an original manuscript. It contains a complete annual cycle of liturgical chant taken from original medieval sources and complete works of selected composers from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries.

  • Monumenta Musicae Byzantinae (Byzantine Musical Manuscripts at the University of Copenhagen)

    The MMB microfilm collection contains more than 680 items. It is intended for use by scholars attached to MMB, the university’s Institute for Greek and Latin, visiting scholars and advanced graduate students who have chosen Byzantine chant as a subject for research. The access to so many sources in one place is extremely helpful when studying the different genres of Byzantine chant or the multiple readings of one specific chant.

  • Musiksammlung-Oberschwbische Klostermusik (Tubingen)

    The Archive holds source materials for South German composers of the 18th century. It also documents the music of Upper Swabian monasteries.

  • Renaissance Liturgical Imprints (University of Michigan)

    This is a database of information about worship books printed before 1601. RELICS now includes information on over 13,500 titles. This information is based upon personal inspections of books in most of the major research libraries of the United States and also libraries in a few selected European cities. Some additional information derives from published bibliographies and library catalogs.

  • RISM: International Inventory of Musical Sources after 1600

    The International Inventory of Musical Sources (RISM) is an international, non-profit joint venture which aims to comprehensively document the world’s musical sources of manuscripts or printed music, works on music theory and libretti stored in libraries, archives, monasteries, schools and private collections. Among the different series of RISM only series A/II: "Music manuscripts after 1600" is available online. Overview and content description is available.

  • Saggi Musicali Italiani (Indiana University)

    Saggi Musicali Italiani (SMI) is an evolving database for texts of Italian music theory and aesthetics. Following the model of the Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum (TML), SMI makes its texts available in electronic form, allowing them to be downloaded, browsed, and searched. Saggi Musicali Italiani focuses first and foremost on major treatises but also includes articles from journals and reviews when a distinct portion discusses a significant theoretical or aesthetic issue of general interest. SMI will eventually contain all printed materials from the Renaissance to the present.

  • Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum (Indiana University)

    The Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum (TML) is an evolving database of the entire corpus of Latin music theory written during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It complements but does not duplicate the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG), Thesaurus Linguae Latinae (TLL), Lexicon musicum Latinum mediiaevi (LmL), and similar projects such as the Center for Computer Analysis of Texts (CCAT) and Saggi Musicali Italiani (SMI).

  • Traités français sur la musique

    (TFM) is an evolving full-text database of writings in the French language on music. It is designed to extend the Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum (TML) and to continue the endeavor of capturing Western European texts on music theory and aesthetics in electronic form. The TFM focuses on the major treatises written in French but also incorporates other texts involving music, allowing them to be downloaded, browsed, and searched. The database will eventually comprise all relevant manuscript and printed materials from the Middle Ages through the nineteenth century.

Opera and Art Song

  • The Aria Database

    The Aria Database is an actively growing collection of information about opera and operatic arias. Besides providing basic information about each aria, the database includes translations for many arias and aria texts for those that are not affected by copyright restrictions. The database also provides access to a collection of operatic MIDI files to give visitors an idea of what each aria sounds like. Currently, the database holds information on the complete operatic aria collections of Mozart, Verdi, Berlioz, Wagner, and Puccini, as well as the partial collections of over 50 other composers.

  • Gilbert and Sullivan Archive

    The Archive is devoted to the operas and other works of William S. Gilbert and Arthur S. Sullivan, and to other light operas of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Established in September 1993, the site includes a variety of G&S related items, including clip art, librettos, plot summaries, pictures of the original G&S stars, song scores, midi and mpeg audio files, and newsletter articles. New items are being added regularly. This is the home site for all Gilbert and Sullivan related activities on the Internet. Links from the Archive lead to many other G&S sites, and to other opera and arts related Internet sites.

  • Index to Arias and Art Songs in Collections

    Indexes over 100 anthologies in the University of Washington's Music Library collection. Check MadCat for local call numbers.

  • Lied and Art Song Texts Page

    This site houses an extensive archive of texts to thousands of Lieder (more specifically, Kunstlieder) and other art songs in more than twenty-five languages.

  • Neapolitan Songs - Turismo in Campania

    Italian texts to over one hundred Neapolitan songs with some MIDI files provided by Tourismo in Campania.

  • Opera America

    Service organization provides opera schedules, news, directories, artist databases, and more.

  • Operabase

    Presents opera news and reviews from around the world. Includes searchable performance and recording database and links to opera resources.

  • OperaGlass

    This Stanford site offers libretti, source texts, performance histories, synopses, and discographies.

  • Public-Domain Opera Libretti and Other Vocal Texts

    This site contains links to online sources of opera libretti, online texts for secular song and sacred vocal music, and other online resources related to vocal music texts.

  • Televised Opera and Musical Comedy Database

    Documents more than a half-century of opera, operetta, and musical comedy telecasts produced in the United States.