Library Holdings :

DBH Literary Sources

       800- Scores

       1325- Opera Libretti

DBF History of Music. General

       65- Collected Essays

       100- Music in Art

DBA Music Theory

       325- Musical instruments

       380- Music and Drama

       410- Opera

DBD Primitive Music

DBG Oriental Music

DBK Greece & Rome

       85- Byzantium

DBP Arabic and Hebrew Music

DBI European Music since the Middle Ages

DBN Italy

DBL Spain

DBB France

DBC Low Countries

DBM England

DBE Germany

Links and References

An on-line guide to music collections and their catalogues in archives, libraries and museums in the UK and Ireland.

Site of Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music includes a database with thousands of out-of-copyrights recordings freely downloadable

Grove Music Online
A single website incorporating The New Grove Dictionary of Music and MusiciansThe New Grove Dictionary of Operaand The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz.
(University of London Research Library Services users)
(other users: subscription required)
British Library
Music research resources guides.

RISM (Repertoire International des Sources Musicales) UK and Ireland
Inventory of musical manuscripts (1600 to 1800) held in British and Irish libraries. 
(Subscription required to search other libraries.) Searchable by melody, composer or title.

BBC Music
Performance and broadcast information and archives covering many styles and periods of music.

EUROPEAN MUSIC - treatises, theory and terms

Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum
Database of Latin music theory written during the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Lexicon musicum Latinum medii aevi
Dictionary of medieval Latin musical terminology to the end of the 15th century.

Texts on Music in English
Texts of major music treatises written in English.
Thesaurus musicarum italicarum
Collection of music treatises published in Italy from the Renaissance through to the eighteenth century.

Saggi musicali italiani
Texts of major music treatises written in Italian.

Traités français sur la musique
Texts of major music treatises written in French.

EUROPEAN MUSIC - digitised texts and images; facsimiles

Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads
Digitised images from the Bodleian Library's holdings of over 30,000 ballads. The original printed materials range from the 16th to the 20th century.

Manuscripts of the Abbey Library of St. Gall, Switzerland
Digitised images of medieval music and other manuscripts held in the abbey library.

FARNE (Folk Archive Resource North East)
Music, texts, digitised images and recordings from North East England, from late C17 to the present day.

Choral Public Domain Library 
Large free sheet-music site

The production and Reading of Music Sources. This AHRC-funded project, a collaboration of the Bangor University School of Music with the Warburg Institute (School of Advanced Studies, University of London) and the Department of Digital Humanities (King’s College London) presents the first integrated resource for the study of the production and reading of polyphonic music sources from the period c.1480 to c. 1530 in a European context. 

EUROPEAN MUSIC - performance

National Early Music Association UK
Useful links to early music organisations, web-sites and performance information in the UK and elsewhere.

BBC Early Music Show
One-hour programmes on early music and its cultural context, archived and accessible by computer.


Traditional World Music
A page of links.


Centro Andaluz de Flamenco
Includes a database of historical recordings

The Oud
History, music and theory of the Arabic lute.

Indian Music

Art India Net
Gateway to Indian classical music and performing arts. Broad section of Gateway

Asian Music Circuit