This site was designed ”to be useful to researchers of theater, dance, music, French culture, and early modern history” and “serves also as a portal into the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library’s Digital Collections, which includes scanned rare books, maps, newspapers, and journals in searchable format.”–From Website.
Thanks to Nita Dunn (Cordova) for passing along this site!
From the site: “A large traditional and folk music library of songbooks, tune-books, sheet-music, lyrics, midis, tablature, plus music reference, chord diagrams, scales and other music educational & academic reference materials.” So if you’re looking for sea shanties, nursery songs or just classic American folk music, this is the place to go.
This wiki, from the International Music Score Library Project, offers downloadable PDFs of music scores for free. Currently over 2800 works are included. Users can browse by composer, composer’s time period or genre, or search by keyword. Users can also access the site in seven other languages.
Are you fabulous? Can you talk Broadway and snap your wrist at the same time? Can you sing along with Julie Andrews? If not, you may want to consider spending a little time at ibdb.com. That’s the Internet Broadway Database, New York’s answer to IMBD. Here you can navigate through the history of musicals, in the very same manner that IMDB allows you to leapfrog around the world of cinema. Only its more fabulous. You can look up any performer and get a full performance history. Or, you can see how long a particular show ran and even how many times it has been performed. Look up a particular venue, and you’ll get a complete rundown of the place’s performance history. Pretty soon you’ll be talking circles around Nathan Lane himself. Now snap on that!
I admit this one is a bit out there, but MIT has created a collection of songs and compositions that portray technologies and inventions from around the turn of the century. Users can view the sheet music and some entries have audio files as well.
For those interested in finding more sheet music, Duke has an index to other digital collections: http://library.duke.edu/music/sheetmusic/collections.html.
Tomorrow (9/30) is Museum Day. Sponsored by the Smithsonian, admission is free at all participating museums nationwide (which, in Memphis, include Stax, Rock & Soul and The Dixon). For a list of participating museums, click here.
A card must be presented to gain free admission. To download the card, click here.
From Wesleyan University’s World Music Collection, this site gives information on musical instruments from around the world. Users can search by type of instrument, geographic region, or composition materials. Entries can include images, audio files, or video files.
This site, from Harvard’s Loeb Music Library, presents fully accessible scores from Bach, Mozart, Verdi and others. Users can zoom in and out and print out their own copies.
I don’t know how often customers ask what song just played on the radio, but this is a very cool site! It lists the last 24 hours of music played on every station in the country. Just type in the station call letters or the local zip code to see a list of stations in the area. Clicking on a song title will direct you to iTunes, but access to the playlists is free of charge.
From the Librarians’ Internet Index:
“Library of Congress resources on ‘African-American expressions of writing, music, and art during the 1920s and 1930s.’ Features exhibitions, photo collections, manuscripts, sheet music, biographies, ‘Today in History’ essays, lesson plans, a selected bibliography, and more.”
Links to external resources and good websites are provided here.