Have you ever been frustrated with sifting through the mass chaos of online resources devoted to music? Growing tired of keeping track of every helpful website you find while researching? Fortunately, the Loeb Music Library at Harvard University has created a website called Online Resources for Music Scholars to help alleviate headaches. By encompassing multiple disciplines in music (historical musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, performance practice, composition, etc.), the website makes it easy to find hundreds of interdisciplinary online resources. (Note: Few, but some, of the listed resources are through subscriptions only accessible to Harvard affiliates. To view a list of subscription online music resources accessible at UB, click here.) It is possible to browse and search the entire list of resources here as well as find some helpful search tips to augment your search strategies here.
Highlights of the resources include the Chopin Early Editions website (which offers high quality scans of first editions), Texts on Music in English from the Medieval and Early Modern Eras (TME) (offering full-text medieval theoretical works), and the MetOpera Database (which includes information about every performance at the Met since 1883). To supplement this list, the UB Music Library also offers a list of local online resources including a database of the library’s Fake Books and a database of Buffalo Musicians.
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-by Jared Rex, Music Library Graduate Assistant