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Audio, Musical

American memory

Provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning." Primary Source. Library of Congress

Date Coverage:
~1400 - present
Content Availability:
Multimedia

American song

Provides access to over 6,000 albums (over 116,000 tracks) of songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and anti-war protests. Contains all of the content of the former African American Music database

Date Coverage:
Late 19th century to present
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Multimedia
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Classical music in video

Streaming video files of orchestral, chamber music, oratorio, and solo performances by leading artists and ensembles, as well as masterclasses and interviews with teachers from around the world. The music ranges from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, and the recorded performances are from the 1930s to the present. View on a computer, tablet, or smart phone. Alexander Street Press

Date Coverage:
1937 - present
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Multimedia
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Classical music library

Provides access to over 64,000 tracks (from over 4,000 albums) of classical music recordings representing all periods and genres

Date Coverage:
20th - 21st Centuries
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Multimedia
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Contemporary world music

Offers 200,000 tracks (approx. 16,000 albums) of music from all regions of the world. Genres include traditional and contemporary popular genres. Also see Smithsonian Global Sound database for complementary recordings. Browsable by cultural groups, people, ensembles, genres, instruments, places

Date Coverage:
20th century to present
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Multimedia
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Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative

Provides access to digital images of woodcuts, photographs, slides, papyri, coins, maps, postcards, manuscripts, lithographs, sermons, shape-note tune books, and various forms of Christian art, architecture, and iconography

Date Coverage:
Coverage varies
Content Availability:
Some Full Text

Documenting the American South

Provides access to digitized documents and images regarding the American South from the first colonies in Virginia through the 20th century. Documents are organized into 14 themed collections (Oral Histories of the American South, North American Slave Narratives, Charlotte, etc.) and are compiled by the University Library at the University of North Carolina from its research collections and institutions. Primary sources are key elements of this collection with includes, maps, books, letters, memoirs, and rare books. Several of the collections focus on North Carolina, however, a geographic search shows 44 of the 50 states are represented in the documentation. Collections may be searched by keywords (across all collections) or by use of the author, subject, title, and geographic links provided. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Date Coverage:
1600 - 2000
Content Availability:
Full Text

DRAM

Streams important musical recordings (thousands of albums and dozens of record labels) that may not otherwise be accessible. Includes CD-quality audio, liner notes, cover art, essays from independent record labels, and sound archives. Includes variety of genres including contemporary classical, electronic, folk, opera, Native American, jazz, 19th century classical, early rock, and musical theater. Keyword-searchable by composer, performer, and label of origin

Date Coverage:
20th century to present
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Multimedia
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European library

Provides virtual access to the resources of the 48 national libraries of Europe. Resources are both digital and bibliographical

Date Coverage:
Varies
Content Availability:
Full Text

Garland encyclopedia of world music

Provides integrated online access to the ten-volume Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (audio and print editions available in the Fine Arts Library). Covers cultural music from all areas of the planet including genres, instruments, places, people, ensembles, and cultural groups. Includes audio examples. Alexander Street Press

Date Coverage:
20th century to present
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Full Text
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International music score library project

Provides free access to musical scores (public domain as well as music from composers who are willing to share their work with the world without charge). Includes over 37,000 works, over 93,000 scores, and over 2,000 recordings (various formats) representing the works of over 5,000 composers. Searchable and browsable by composer, genre, time period, nationality, melody, etc

Date Coverage:
All periods
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Multimedia
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Internet archive

Offers permanent storage and access to collections of digitized materials, including websites, music, moving images, and nearly 3 million public domain books. This internet library's mission is to provide permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. One feature is the "Wayback Machine," which is an historical archive of preserved web pages

Date Coverage:
C. 1966 - present
Content Availability:
Full Text

Jazz music library

Provides streaming access to thousands of jazz recordings from all around the world

Date Coverage:
20th century to present
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Multimedia
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Met Opera on demand, student access

This collection from New York’s Metropolitan Opera provides performances on video from 1977 to present, some in high-definition. Also included are more than 300 audio -only recordings of live performances dating back as far as 1936. Can be searched by title, composer, vocal artist, and conductor. A synopsis and optional subtitles are provided for each opera; program notes and other supplementary materials are available for some. Library access to this collection does not include the iPad app that is available to individual subscribers

Date Coverage:
1936 to present
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Multimedia
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Music online

Provides a unified platform for searching across all of the Alexander Street Press music databases, including audio, video, scores, and full text. Includes the following databases: African American Music Reference, American Song, Classical Music Library, Classical Music Reference Library, Classical Music in Video, Classical Scores Library, Contemporary World Music, Dance in Video, Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Jazz Music Library, Opera in Video, and Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries. Alexander Street Press

Date Coverage:
All periods
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Multimedia
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NAXOS music library

Provides streaming access to thousands of recordings from classical, jazz, and world music labels. Also includes supplemental text resources and ability to create playlists

Date Coverage:
20th century to present
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Naxos music library. Jazz

Provides streaming access to thousands of recordings of styles of jazz and related musical forms

Date Coverage:
20th century to present
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Naxos video library

Provides streaming access to more than 2,000 full-length videos, including classical music concerts, operas, ballets, documentaries, and theatre performances. Search options include composer, artist, and type of performance, as well as roles, production personnel, venues, and festivals. Subtitles are available for some performances, in up to five different languages. Divisions such as scenes and arias can be accessed directly, and custom clips can be created for use in presentations. Two download speeds are offered: 700 Kbps (standard quality) and 2 Mbps (high quality). The latter is comparable to a DVD image

Date Coverage:
1950 to present
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Multimedia
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New York Philharmonic digital archives

Comprises a wide variety of items from 1943-1970, including programs, press clippings, business documents, images, film, audio, and video. The Digital Archives also includes images of printed music, such as the conducting scores of Leonard Bernstein and more than 500,000 pages of parts marked by New York Philharmonic musicians. These materials are for study purposes only, not for downloading

Date Coverage:
1943-1970
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Multimedia
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OAIster

Makes available an Open Access Initiative to provide indexing and access to freely available books, journal articles, newspapers, manuscripts, audio files, video files, photographic images, datasets, and theses and dissertations. International in scope. Search by keyword, or use advanced search for author/title/subject search. Results may be limited by format. OCLC

Date Coverage:
All years
Content Availability:
Full Text

Opera in video

Provides access to digital video of 250 opera performances, interviews, and documentaries. Includes works from the Baroque period through the 20th century. Supports mobile access. Alexander Street Press

Date Coverage:
Baroque-Modern
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Multimedia
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Smithsonian global sound for libraries

Provides streaming access to thousands of albums of music from around the world. Searchable by genre, people, cultural groups, ensembles, albums, instruments, labels, languages, and places

Date Coverage:
20th century to present
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Multimedia
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World digital library

Provides digital access to primary resources from cultures and countries around the world across all time. Includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, motion pictures, prints and art, and sound recordings. A joint project of the Library of Congress and U.N.E.S.C.O., the site is arranged visually using a map of the world to indicate the number of culturally significant items available for each 9 geographical groupings. Each item is given a summary description which describes the item and it's cultural importance. The site may also be searched by keyword or browsed by place, time, topic, type of item, or institution. Language options for English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Arabic, Russian, and Chinese

Date Coverage:
8,000 BCE - 2010 CE
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Multimedia