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Welcome to the Music subject pages.
Use the tabs to navigate to the different resources we have to support Music. Alternatively, this 1-page guide summarises some of the information to get you started.

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Useful shelfmarks:



Biographies ML385 - 429
Individual composers A-Z ML410 - 418
Composition and performance ML459 - 1380
Electronic and computer music ML1092
Opera ML1700
Popular music ML3469 – 3541
Jazz ML3521
Rock ML3534
Music trade ML3790 - 3792
Musicology ML3797
Philosophy of music ML3800 - 3923
Criticism ML3880
Music and education MT1 - 960
History and theory MT3 - 6
Instrumentation and orchestration MT70 - 74
Conducting MT85
Analysis and appreciation MT90
Instrumental techniques MT170 - 728


Special Collections:

The Library holds a collection relevant to Music entitled The National Jazz Archive.  It features books and journals covering all types of jazz, and range across biographical material, history and discographies dating back to the 1930’s.  To consult material in this archive, please arrange an appointment by e-mail allowing at least 1 working day’s notice.


Locating Music Scores:

  • Check whether a score is a MUSIC SCORE or an ANTHOLOGY (music score)
  • Check composer name (if music score) or title (if an anthology)
  • Look in Library of Congress order
  • Check to see if it is the right opus number (op = no.)


All of the musical scores are held together on floor 2.  They are located in a separate section to the book stock and are arranged first in order of the composer and then secondly in a Library of Congress sequence.  So you’ll find, for example, all of Berg’s works collected together and in class mark order.  Then all of Berio’s works, then Berlioz, Bernstein and so on.  On the label the three letter code refers to the first three letters of the composer’s surname.  Where composers have written several works of the same type – e.g. concertos, string quartets, symphonies – these share the same Library of Congress number and are given an opus number to distinguish individual examples.  








Adjacent to the music scores on the shelves you will also find 3 flat cabinets where we store oversize scores that are too large for the normal shelves.  If a score is located in the cabinet there will be a note on the library catalogue referring you to this particular area. 



Collections including works by more than one composer are kept together at the end of the sequence and labelled like this:








The code at the end of the label refers to the title of the anthology, in this case, ‘Folk Song of the Americas’.  When the title begins with numbers these are filed as the title is spelt – so ‘20th Century Americans’ would be labelled like this:








For a general search across multiple databases, search Summon.


Individual databases offer a more detailed comprehensive search.  Those most relevant to your subject area have been selected below. For guidance on more specific types of information, such as Market Research, Raw Data, Standards and Patents, please see the links on our Research page.

Access to these e-resources is restricted to the students and staff of Brunel University for licensing and technical reasons. Some licence agreements may exclude access to databases and their contents from certain countries. It is your responsibility to comply with the terms and conditions of the relevant licence agreements - for more information see the copyright web page on databases - contact if you have any questions.

    Academic Search Complete

    Contains full text articles from over 5,000 journals, covering many subjects, including anthropology, politics, political science, psychology, psychiatry, sociology and social work.

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    Alexander Street Press Collections

    Alexander Street Press is a publisher of award-winning online collections and videos for scholarly research, teaching, and learning. We have access to several of ASP's collections including ethnography, music and women and social movements in the United States. You must use headphones when listening on PCs in the Library. These can be borrowed from the Help Desk.

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    British Library Sounds

    British Library Sounds is the new name for Archival Sound Recordings. 50,000 recordings and their associated documentation from the Library’s extensive collections of unique sound recordings which come from all over the world and cover the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds. You must use headphones when listening/viewing on PCs in the Library. These can be borrowed from the Help Desk.

    Cambridge Journals Online

    Cambridge Journals Online provides full text access for over two hundred journals published by Cambridge University Press in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Also available: access to Cambridge Journals Digital Archive (bought by JISC Collections) comprising 171 journals.

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    Classical Music Library

    Classical Music Library contains thousands of legally licensed recordings from EMI, Hyperion, Vox, Vanguard and other classical music labels, spanning early music to contemporary composers. You must use headphones when listening on PCs in the Library. These can be borrowed from the Help Desk

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    Classical Scores Library

    Classical Scores Library will contain 400,000 pages of the most important classical scores and manuscripts, allowing for the study and analysis of more than 15,000 scores. You can also access Classical Scores Library through the Music Online: Listening interface.

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    e-Duke Scholarly Books Collection

    Access to over 1,400 scholarly e-books published by Duke University Press in the humanities and social sciences.

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    International Index to Music Periodicals (IIMP)

    IIMP is a bibliographical resource offering access to several hundred international music periodicals on the new ProQuest integrated platform (this has the option to search other databases, too). It includes content from over 20 countries, plus full text for more than 140 of the indexed journals. The database currently includes over 770,000 records, the majority from the most recent ten years of publication.

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    Archive collections of full text electronic journals from 1880 onwards, always from volume 1, issue 1, and including previous and related titles. The most recently published issues (past 3-5 years) are not available in these collections (unless we hold a current subscription too). The Library subscribes only to the Arts & Sciences I to IX collections, inclusive, and to the Health & General Sciences collection, as well as to 19th Century British Pamphlets, a collection created by RLUK (Research Libraries UK) and to the Ireland collection (research materials relating to Ireland, spanning the 18th century to present, provided under the JISC Digitisation Programme). If you have any problem connecting to JSTOR off campus, please use the alternative link below in combination with the AnyConnect VPN Universal service package from the Connect portal.

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    Music and Performing Arts Online

    The International Index to Music Periodicals and the International Index to Performing Arts have combined to allow simultaneous searching of both collections of full text journals and abstracts on the new ProQuest platform along with some other databases. Access to the original MPAO platform has been withdrawn.

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    Music Online

    Includes American Song, Classical Music Library (see description, above), Contemporary World Music, Jazz Music Library and Smithsonian Global Sound. You must use headphones when listening/viewing on PCs in the Library. These can be borrowed from the Help Desk.

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    Naxos Music Library

    Naxos Music Library is a listening service of over 140,000 classical tracks You must use headphones when listening on Library PCs - please ask at the Issue Desk if you need to borrow a pair.

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    Full text access to UK local and national newspapers via Nexis.

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    Full text access to regional, national and international newspapers, business trade journals, company reports and country reports, including Company Dossier - please note that Company Dossier only works through the link above and not through the alternative e-Library link below. (This database was previously called LexisNexis Business & News).

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    Oxford English Dictionary

    The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is an etymological dictionary which is widely acknowledged as the most comprehensive record of the English language, tracing the evolution and use of more than 600,000 words through 3 million quotations. OED Online gives access to latest text of the full Oxford English Dictionary, the Historical Thesaurus of the OED and enable users new ways to explore the English language:

    Search for new words by year, decade, or any date range. Set language in context: search by place, language type, and date to discover the impact of world events. OED Online is revised and updated at regular intervals and covers British, American, and other varieties of English, and all types of use, from formal to slang.

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    Oxford Handbooks Online

    Oxford Handbooks Online includes access to three collections containing in-depth, high-level articles by scholars at the top of their field. Each handbook offers thorough introductions to topics and a critical survey of the current state of scholarship. The three collections are:

    (Other subject collections are not included).

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    Oxford Journals

    The Oxford Journals collection includes some of the world's most highly cited and prestigious Oxford University Press journals, in a broad range of subject disciplines.

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    Oxford Music Online

    Oxford Music Online includes the full text of Grove Music Online, together with the Oxford Dictionary of Music and the Oxford Companion to Music.

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    Project MUSE

    Project MUSE Humanities Collection provides full-text online access to 164 humanities, arts, and social science journals from 60 scholarly publishers as well as links to Project MUSE content from databases such as America: History and life, Historical abstracts and JSTOR.

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    Web of Science

    Web of Science Core Collection indexes journals and conference proceedings in the arts and humanities, social science and science and technology, providing abstracts to the majority of peer-reviewed articles, from 1970 to date, hosted on the Web of Science platform. This abstract only database is updated weekly. Also includes BIOSIS Citation Index (up to 2008), Medline and SciELO Citation Index. Use Article Linker (AL) to check for full text online sources.

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Web Resources

General Guidance - read more


International Association of Music Libraries (IAML)
The IAML represents and promotes the interests of music librarians and libraries, music–related archives and music information providers throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. It provides a useful subject tree for resources in music.

Gateways & General

American Musiocological Society WWW Sites of Interest to Musicologists
AMS list of WWW pages of interest to musicologists - comprehensive

The Arts and Humanities Data Service: Performing Arts collects, documents, preserves and promotes the use of digital resources to support research and teaching across the broad field of the performing arts: music, film, broadcast arts, theatre, dance.

Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology
This very useful database, hosted by Indiana University, contains details of over 10,000 Ph.D. theses.

International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres
Very good source of information for all types of musical interests.

The Indiana University List of Music Resources
Contains links to music publishers, record companies and online journals such as Ethnomusicology online.

Intute: music (ceased July 2011)
Resources which have been selected, evaluated and described by subject specialists. The target audience is lecturers, researchers and students within UK higher and further education.

University of California Art’s Library
A comprehensive gateway providing links to associations, directories, composers, libraries, research centres and much more.

References and Resources

The White Book
The White Book is an annual directory for the UK music and events industries. It has been published for more than 20 years and lists international venues as well as event contacts in the UK. It has around 37,000 listings across more than 400 categories.

Organisational and Government - read more


Aldeburgh Productions
The parent site for the Aldeburgh festival and Britten-Pears School.

The Barbican Centre
Click on music from the homepage to see listings of performances by genre. There are also listings of music festivals and an archive of past events.

Boosey & Hawkes
Information on music, publications, instruments, artists, composers and more can be found at this site from the international music publisher.

English National Opera
Here you will find information about ENO, as well as forthcoming productions.

Faber Music
Information, articles, links and ordering information from one of the UK's leading music publishing houses.

Arts Council England
Provides comprehensive information about all performing arts and includes links to other resources and information about funding.

The Royal College of Music
The website features information about their collections, research, archives and course. There is also a link to the library website and recommended links to other music resources on the internet.

Royal Opera House
Information on the House and links to other ballet and opera sites

South Bank Centre
Details musical events held each month. Select by either date or genre to display listings.

UK Theatre Web
Provides useful information on amateur groups and training, it is updated three times a week and provides good links to other resources.

Subject Specific - read more

Large Scale Music Resources

All Music Guide
A comprehensive music reference source for recorded music that can be used to investigate everything from an out of print recording to a new release by a specific composer. The resource covers all genres and styles of music. You can search for music by artists, albums, songs, styles or labels.

IMSLP Petrucci Music Library

This wiki features free public domain sheet music from over 35,000 works and 87,000 scores. The site includes music from composers who are willing to share their music for free of charge.

Libraries , Catalogues & Music Information Centres

British Library Music Collection
The site contains information regarding the music collections as well as links to other music related departments and services. There are also links to recommended external music websites. From here you can access the British Libraries catalogue where the music holdings are indexed.

The Britten-Pears Library
A website promoting the musical legacy of the composers Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. It features news, performance details, library resources, research, projects and links to other music resources.

Cecilia is an online guide to music collections within UK libraries, museums and archives. Users can search for musical collections by people, places, time periods, subjects, traditions and institutions. To interegate the database you can use a basic search, advanced search or browse the subject headings.

The International Association of Music Libraries (IAML) national catalogue of vocal and orchestral sets in the UK. Search ENCORE! The British Union Catalogue of Performance Music Sets using title, author, publisher or freetext.

Golden Pages for musicologists
Provides announcements for forthcoming conferences in musicology, an archive of dissertation abstracts, links to music departments worldwide, and other links of interest to musicologists.

Westminster Music Library
One of the most prestigious music libraries in the South of England. Search the online catalogue for orchestral sets or visit the gateway of recommended music links.


BBC Radio Three
Radio Three is the BBC’s classical music channel. The site features extensive content on classical music including lists of recommended recordings based on the content of their review programme broadcast.

The online version of 'The world's best classical music magazine'. This is not a full text version of the print magazine, but the site is an excellent source of information and news. Also included is Gramofile, the online review database, containing over 25,000 reviews dating from 1983.


Bach Homepage
Information on his life, works and recommended links.

Bach Bibliography
The bibliography provide facilities for scholarly community world-wide the most up-to-date and most comprehensive bibliography of J. S. Bach. Users can search by keyword in the title or year to retrieve results. The database contains around 21,000 sources of information from published books and articles.

Directory of Composers on the Net
Published by The Center for the Promotion of Contemporary Composers (CPCC) you can search alphabetically for composer. It provides a list of links and websites for specific compossers where available.

Chopin’s First Editions Online (CFEO)
The CFEO was funded by The Arts and Hummanities Research Council. The main aim of the project was to create an online resource linking a virtual collection of Chopin’s materials on the web. To get started click onto ‘View Chopin’s First Editions’ on the top menu bar. You can browse or search according to genre, key, publisher or country of publication.


The American Music Center
Founded by Aaron Copland, the Center supports contemporary American music, including jazz.

British Music Information Centre (BMIC)
The BMIC is a leading resource for 20th & 21st century music in the United Kingdom. It is a resource centre for new music from the UK, holding scores, recordings and biographical information on modern British composers. The BMIC acts as a sponsor for up and coming composers and acts as a repository for their work.

International Association of Music Information Centres
The Association is a global network of organizations that promote new music.

Not strictly just a contemporary music site, but a useful resource for film and television music.


All About Jazz
A site produced by jazz fans for jazz fans; their mission: to provide information and opinion about jazz from the past, present, and future. Reviews, audio links and local club information.

Jazz Review
News, reviews and features can be found at this site. You can also subscribe to their Jazz Newsletter.

Jazz Studies Online
The website features journal articles, book chapters, videos and a comprehensive listing of resources for jazz music. Browse the site by style, category, people or era for further information. The site also contains reference materials such as bibliographies, discographies, filmographies and other tools for music scholars.

A digital archive from Mississippi State University Library with music and lyrics from some of the 22,000 pieces of sheet music held in the Charles Templeton Collection. Includes minstrel music, show tunes, rags and blues.


Blue Highway
Tributes to blues greats, chatrooms, news and archived blues recordings.

Ethnomusicology & Social Aspects

The African music encyclopedia
You can search the encyclopedia for information about African artists and join a maillist for news about African music around the world.

Ethnomusicology OnLine, an ejournal dedicated to ethnomusical topics.

Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy UK
Here you will find information on the Nordoff Robbins Centre and their work, as well as information on music therapy in general.

Society for Ethnomusicology
An association devoted to the support of ethnomusicology and to the study of music-making all over the world.


The English Folk Dance and Song Society
Online audio and photographic material available within English Dance and Song Magazine and the Folk Music Journal. These titles are both available under the publications link. See also the link to Library and Archive for an English folk song bibliography and discography.

Sonic Arts

Australasian Computer Music Association (ACMA)
The ACMA is a community of composers, performers, teachers and technologists who are making music with computers. The site links to a listserv discussion which you can subscribe to.

Confederation Internationale de Musique Electroacoustique/International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music (CIME/ICEM)
The website features news, presentations and articles relating to the International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music. Particularly interesting are proposed pieces of music for forthcoming conferences arranged by country.

Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Elektroakustische Musik e.V. (Germany)
This website features recordings of concerts, symposiums, portraits of composers, studios, projects and research projects, thematic features or ongoing debates. Also includes reports of festivals, symposiums, congresses and exhibitions, as well as productions from archives of electroacoustic music. The website is written in German but can be translated using tools such as Google Translator.

International Computer Music Association
Under the resources button there is a links area. Here you will find an extensive list of computer music links ranging from links to composers, performance groups, institutions, organisations, conferences, publishers and research instututions to name but a few.

New Adventures in Sound Art
The website of a Canadian not for profit organisation that produces electroacoustic and experimental sound art. Some interesting MP3 can be found in the audio archives as well as publications.

Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS Online)
The SEAMUS website contains an extensive set of links to electroacoustic music newsgroups and organisations. The general links section also features suggestions to hardware and software sites.

Sonic Arts Research Archive
This website is a digital arts project and documents the current practice of artists using new media and particularly the Sonic Arts.

Sound and Music
This is a highly recommended resource and formerly known as the Sonic Arts Network. In the resources section of the website there is a virtual library. Here you can find blogs, podcasts and articles relating to the Sonic Arts. The SAM podcast section includes a vast array of ‘opportunities’ and events.


Using Other Libraries

When conducting specialist research, Brunel Library may not always stock everything you need. If this happens, you have a number of options:

Before you visit another library

If you do plan to visit another library, please check first of all that we do not have the item you need. Advice on using the library can be found on our Finding Resources page. Alternatively, please ask a member of staff at the Helpdesk or contact the Subject Liaison Librarian for your School.

Remember, if the item you need is on a reading list, we will make every effort to purchase this for the Library, so please let us know the details.

Where there are specific libraries of interest for your subject, these will be listed below.


As well as the resources listed under the Databases and Web Resources tabs of this subject page, we have a number of other resources that could be of relevance to your research, such as:


Market Research

Raw Data




Additionally, you may wish to refer our general Research page which comprehensively lists all of our Research Resources.

If you need help with using any of these resources, please contact the Subject Liaison Librarian for your School, details of which can be found from the Overview tab.

Page last updated: Wednesday 26 June 2013