Music Online - an array of recordings and reference material

Olivia Else, our Academic Liaison Librarian for Music, introduces one of our newest e-resources.

Music Online is a fantastic new resource that the Library has recently subscribed to. It includes a vast array of recordings and videos of concerts and staged musical performances, as well as reference materials such as virtual scores and musical encyclopedias.

Music Online incorporates 12 different collections which can be loosely grouped as follows:

Audiovisual Resources:

  • American Song
  • Classical Music in Video
  • Classical Music Library
  • Contemporary World Music
  • Dance in Video Series
  • Jazz Music Library
  • Opera in Video
  • Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries

Reference Resources:

  • African American Music Reference
  • Classical Music Reference  Library
  • Classical Scores Library series 1 & 2
  • The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online

What does Music Online cover?


Music Online provides coverage in breadth and depth across key musical genres:

Classical
All major genres and time periods from medieval to contemporary, from choral works to symphonies, operas, and the avant-garde.

Jazz
All major genres including vocal jazz, bebop, acid jazz, big band, modern jazz, and more.
World: Music from 169 countries and more than 1,000 cultural groups.

American
Country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, Western, old time, American Indian, blues, gospel, R&B, and shape note singing.

Popular
Wide range of popular music from around the world that is not available in our genre-specific collections.

Featured artists 


Within each genre, a number of featured artists are selected, including:

GZA (Wu-Tang Clan) by Andrew
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Classical: Glenn Gould, Placido Domingo, Maria Callas, Claudio Abbado, Olga Borodina, Ileana Cotrubas, Hilary Hahn, Thomas Hampson, Radu Lupu, Karita Mattila, Margaret Leng Tan, Kiri Te Kanawa, Mitsuko Uchida, Pinchas Zuckerman.

Jazz: Bing Crosby, Buddy Guy, Charlie Parker, Chuck Mangione, Dinah Washington, Diana Krall, Dixie Dregs, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, Stan Getz.

World: Ali Jihad Racy, Adama Dramé, Carlos Do Carmo, Parisa, Tran Quang Haï, Katrien Delavier, Hussein El Masry, Rassegna, Oedo Sukeroku Taiko, El Son Entero, Simon Shaneem, I Wayan Sadra, and Fawzy Al-Aiedy.

American: Pete Seeger, Isaac Hayes, Al Jackson, Booker T. Jones, Robert Byrd,  Memphis Slim, Otis Redding, BB King, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Sweet Honey in the Rock.

Popular: Gloria Gaynor, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Kool & The Gang, Edith Piaf, Rod Stewart, The Sex Pistols, A Flock of Seagulls, Tanya Tucker, Naughty by Nature, Wu-Tang Clan, Liberace.

How can I find these resources?


The 12 packages detailed above are listed by title on the Library's E-resources Guide - use the A-Z tabs at the top of the screen to navigate to the appropriate resource. Alternatively you can browse this collection along with other excellent music resources via the Library's Music Subject Guide. Simply select audio or text resources from the drop down menu on the Electronic Resources tab, then select the resource that you are interested in from the resulting list.

As with all electronic resources at York, you will be asked to log in with your University username and password when you first access a resource.

How can I get more help?


All of the Music Online collections include Help features which should answer most common queries. For further advice you can also contact Olivia Else, the Music Academic Liaison Librarian, at lib-music@york.ac.uk.

Your department's Subject Guide will also include links to lots of other useful resources for your subject, and will provide general advice on Library resources for your department.

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