Databases by Subject

Music

  • This aggregated database provides access to all of KU’s Alexander Street Press collections.  Video, audio, and text covering a wide variety of subject matters are included.  In addition to contemporary sources, this database contains significant amounts of primary sources. 

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  • "Cambridge Companions are lively, accessible introductions to major writers, artists, philosophers, topics and periods. All are collections of specially commissioned essays, shaped and introduced to appeal to student readers. Together the chapters add up to a systematic critical account of, for example Plato, Luther, Jane Austen, Tom Stoppard or Stravinsky, the French Novel or Jewish American Literature, and each title is supported by reference features such as a chronology and guide to further reading." The Complete Companions provides access to guides in literature, philosophy, religion, classics, cultural studies, and music.

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  • When completed this library will include 400,000 pages of scores for classical music, both copyrighted and public-domain, from all time periods. Complete editions will be included for such composers as J.S. Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart.

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  • A streaming video database of theater productions, including Shakespeare, classics, musical theater, dance, opera, and recent British productions, 

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  • DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) is a streaming audio database, based on the music available on the New World Records and CRI labels. Music available on other smaller, independent American labels are also available on DRAM.

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  • Comprehensive resource for research on the music of people worldwide.

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  • Offers the full texts of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd Edition (2001), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992), The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd Edition (2001), The Oxford companion to Music (2011), and The Oxford Dictionary, 2nd Edition (revised 2006), as well as all subsequent updates. It includes 50,000 signed articles and 30,000 biographies. It is the most comprehensive source of information on all aspects of music in English.

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  • Contains the texts of over 6000 opera arias and art songs rendered in the International Phonetic Alphabet notation.

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  • A project to digitize public domain journals in the history of film, radio, and sound recordings covering the years 1903 to 1995.

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  • Indexes journal articles covering classical, popular, and world music.

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  • Formerly known as International Index for Music Periodicals

    Provides indexing and abstracting for international music journals from 20 countries, plus full-text from 140 of the indexed journals. 

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  • Find songs according to multiple parameters, including voice type, character's age, tempo, composer, lyricist, and more.

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  • A streaming audio source for classical music. It includes all the music issued on Naxos, Marco Polo, Da Capo, plus selections from 100+ other labels. (Restricted to 10 simultaneous users.) For professor account details, contact Chris Bohling in the Music & Dance Library.

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  • A streaming audio database which includes music from Naxos, Fantasy, Prestige, Pablo, and other labels. (Restricted to 5 simultaneous users.) For professor account details, contact Chris Bohling in the Music & Dance Library.

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  • A database of over 45,000 works for consultation or downloading. The FreeHand Solero viewer plug-in available at the site is required for transposing, listening, and optimized printing.   This software is installed on public computers in Gorton Music and Dance Library only. For professor account details, contact Chris Bohling in the Music & Dance Library.

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  • Provides an extensive streaming video library of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries. (Restricted to 5 simultaneous users.)

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  • Provides streaming video access to full-length performances by some of today's artists working in dance, theater, music and other forms.

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  • Oxford Music Online allows the simultaneous searching of The New Grove Dictionary of Music, 2nd edition; The Oxford Dictionary of Music; and The Oxford Companion to Music.

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  • Provides indexing, abstracts, and selected full-text from many sources, covering film, theater, dance, stagecraft, television, and more. Full-text ranges from 1864 to the present.

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  • An international, highly annotated database with detailed content analysis of writings on musical history and culture between 1800 and 1950 from over 140 periodicals.

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  • Provides indexing and abstracts to articles, books, bibliographies, catalogues, conference proceedings, discographies, dissertations, ethnographic recordings, Festschriften, films, iconographies, and videos covered by the Repertoire International de Literature Musicale.

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  • This streaming audio service provides access to the complete library of Smithsonian Folkways ethnomusicology recordings.

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  • A literary journal with writers from around the world founded by Victoria Ocampo in 1931. Contents include literature, film, theatre, art, music, history, and politics. The electronic version offers all pages and images of the 364 issues, including covers and advertisements.

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