Classical music libraries and directories

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Classical music libraries/classical music directories and portals, music manuscript libraries and archives

Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library

The Music Library Association
Founded in 1931, MLA is the professional organization in the United States devoted to music librarianship and all aspects of music materials in libraries. As of July 1, 2011, MLA is also the United States branch of IAML, the International Association of Music Libraries.

Indiana University Music Library

Library of Congress Recorded Sound Reference Center

Mediathtque Musicale Mahler

Music Library Association (MLA) Clearinghouse
List of sites that relate to music librarianship and music libraries.

The Morgan Library and Museum music manuscripts collection.
The Morgan Library & Museum houses one of the finest collections of music manuscripts in the country. In addition to a large collection of musicians’ letters and first editions of scores and librettos, it has the world’s largest collection of Mahler manuscripts and substantial holdings of Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Mozart, Schubert, and Richard Strauss. The collection spans six centuries and many countries.

Naxos Music Library

Online Musical Scores. Indiana University Digital Library Program

Oxford Music Online

Library of Congress Recorded Sound Reference Center

Lewis Music Library

Blanche and Irving Laurie Music Library
Rutgers University.

University of California at Berkeley Music Library


Directories, portals * Searchable database of recordings and reviews.
Facts about an album or artist, including title, tracks, genre, label, credits, release date, and cover and artist images. Deeper details illuminate an artist or album including styles, moods, years active, instruments, birth/death date/place, and country of origin.

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

Boosey and Hawkes

Classical guitar midi archives.
Composer index, links, tablature, ancient guitars.

Classical Music Library.
Reviews, articles, repertoire list, works, composer biographies, scores, classical music downloads.

Classical Music Navigator
Information on 444 classical composers, grouped in ways making it easier for the user to identify musical works with characteristics similar to one another (including the listener’s already-identified likes).

Essentials of Music
A site for basic information about classical music. Created in cooperation with W.W. Norton & Company, it’s built around Essential Classics, the series specially designed to introduce you to the best music of every period. All through the site you’ll find almost 200 excerpts from Essential Classics.

G. Shirmer, associated music publishers.

Gramophone Magazine, U.K. 
With composer websites.

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition. 
The first edition of this acclaimed reference work to be available online.

Wikipedia encyclopedia entries on classical composers.

Discover Classics
An international portal for classical music, based initially on Russian performers and resources, which offers a global audience access to a substantial collection of recordings and related products and services. Of particular interest is the Virtual Masterclasses programme addressed to music students who want to broaden their artistic experience in preparation for their future careers.