Category Archives: E-Resources

Recently Added Resources: RILM Music Encyclopedias; Music Magazine Archive

Two new electronic resources have been recently added to the Libraries’ collection:

RILM Music Encyclopedias

A full-text compilation of 45 seminal titles published from 1775 to the present and comprising nearly 80,000 pages, the majority of which are not available anywhere else online. It provides comprehensive encyclopedic coverage of the most important disciplines, fields, and subject areas, among them popular music, opera, instruments, blues, gospel, recorded sound, and women composers. Its content spans multiple countries and languages–English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, and Greek.

Music Magazine Archive

Music Magazine Archive is a series of digital collections focused on a number of popular music genres.  CUL currently subscribes to the Rock music group of magazines. These publications uniquely capture the social and historical context of the repertory, as well as scholarly research areas such as race, class, gender, American studies, youth culture.  Researchers will find all material represented in the original publications, preserved in its original context, fully searchable and in high-resolution full color.

Please send any comments or questions on these resources to

Rigoletto! and more…

The recent, Las Vegas-themed production of Verdi’s “Rigoletto” is included on Met Opera on Demand, available through the Libraries under “Databases“. (I’m looking at you, Music Humanities students !) … but, any opera lover will find plenty of interest on the site, including several other productions of Rigoletto, and over 450 Met opera productions, in streaming video. Check it out!

Get to know the SCOPUS database

All Columbia students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend Scopus Day on Wed. Oct 31, 2012.  Scopus is “…a large citation and abstract database, covering all subject areas. It contains nearly 18,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 publishers with a range of advanced research features”.

This event will offer a “lunch and learn” session, from 11:30am-12:30pm (with free pizza!); there will also be Scopus reps on-site during the day to answer questions. There’s also a free Kindle giveaway you can enter. Full details on the event, including registration information, are offered here:

So, if you’re researching in music, why would you use Scopus? While it’s true that the major journals in music are indexed in the music literature indexes Music Index Online, International Index to Music Periodicals (IIMP), and RILM, so much scholarly work being done now is interdisciplinary, and you may be surprised at the useful and relevant content that you can find searching in Scopus, in journals outside of the usual music-specialized titles, especially if your research interests overlap with the sciences. Another useful feature is citation tracing; you can see which other articles (and how many) have cited a given article.

Whether you can attend the Scopus Day trainings or not, take a look at Scopus and do some test searches, to discover the kind of content which is available. You’ll notice the “E-link” icons on much of the content; click on those to see if they can easily find full-text content available through the Libraries’ subscriptions (if they can’t, don’t despair – check with your reference librarian for further possible options).

Let us know if you have any questions, as always, at

New Resource: “In Mozart’s Words”

A new annotated digital collection of Mozart’s letters has been made available, at the web site “In Mozart’s Words“.

The collection

… provides multilingual access to an annotated version of the voluminous correspondence of Mozart and his family – approximately 1,400 letters – that will progressively be made available online on this website. The website offers i) a univocal database of all references to people, places and musical works contained in the letters, facilitating the systematic search of all cited occurrences, and ii) access to background materials such as reviews, newspapers, documents, objects, paintings, engravings, and books as a corollary to the historical-critical annotations.

This initial announcement covers Mozart’s letters from Italy, with progressive additions planned. The clearly-designed web interface allows easy navigation and the ability to browse correspondence by Chronology, People, Places, Works, and From/To. The letters can be viewed in several languages, including a modern German transcription, as well as in facsimile of the original manuscript. When musical works are mentioned, there are often links to scores from the Digital Mozart Edition. Annotations are by Cliff Eisen, a noted Mozart scholar and director of this edition. Clicking on “Show All Notes” at the bottom of a letter will reveal all the embedded notes. The site also includes a bibliography.

Check out our streaming audio resources!

There are several databases offering streaming audio which are available through the Libraries. You can access these from any computer in campus libraries, as well as from your dorm room or off-campus (with your UNI and password).

Audio titles include: Classical Music Library, Naxos Music Library,  Naxos Music Library Jazz, Smithsonian Global Sound, Contemporary World Music, the Database of Recorded American Music, and more. For a full list of audio titles, click on the “E-Resources” tab on the main Library Web page, then click on “E-Music“.

You’ll find records for most of the Naxos and Classical Music Library audio content in CLIO, as well – you’ll see “[electronic resource]” next to the title in your search results. Click on the “Online Link” in the CLIO record to launch playback. Note that these databases add new content on a regular basis, so, for the most up-to-date search, search the databases directly.

A note on audio quality: some of these databases offer different options for streaming rates – make sure to choose the highest rate you can! All of the databases, while convenient, are less-than-CD quality. We have over 20,000 CDs in the Music & Arts Library, which can be checked out, if you’re looking for the best sound quality! All CDs can be searched in CLIO (you can limit your search results to sound recordings, if you wish).

Take advantage of these great resources for listening from anywhere, anytime! And, let us know what you think, at

Resource Alert: American Radio History

American Radio History ( is an interesting free collection of scanned, searchable, full-text periodicals related to broadcasting in the U.S. Articles on the broadcast industry, regional radio markets, sales and chart data, and entertaining advertisements for broadcast-related technologies are contained in several periodical titles, with the ability to search across a given title.

The articles may be downloaded, but printing is disabled.

Verdi’s La Traviata – online videos available

Many of the Music Humanities sections are focusing on Verdi’s “La Traviata” this semester. Did you know that there is also streaming video of this opera available through the Libraries?

The Opera in Video database offers two full, streaming performances of “Traviata”. Of the two, one offers subtitles in English and other languages. We’re guessing that the subtitled one is the most useful, so it’s the first listed below, but we’re including a link to the second as well, for any of you Italian speakers (or if you want to just compare performances).

Below are links to “La Traviata” on the Opera in Video database (full cast details available on site). Access from any campus computer, or log in with your UNI and password for off-campus access: (English subtitles available via drop-down menu)
Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano; Orchestra of the Teatro Alla Scala, Milano & Ballet of the Teatro Alla Scala, Milano, Lorin Maazel (cond.)
ArtHaus Musik, 2007 (NOTE: no subtitles for this production)
Madrid Symphony Orchestra & Madrid Teatro Real Chorus
Jésus López-Cobos (cond.)
Opus Arte, 2005

Several performances of La Traviata on DVD are also available on Reserve in the Music & Arts Library in 701 Dodge. Ask for them at the circulation desk. These Reserve DVDs can be checked out for 2 hours, and some may be borrowed on overnight loan.

Contact us with any questions or problems, at

Naxos Music Library adds film music audio content

Naxos Music Library , available through the Columbia University Libraries, has added new content from the label Varese Sarabande to its collection. Varese Sarabande specializes in film and television soundtracks; content offered includes film music by noted composers such as Bernard Hermann, Duke Ellington, Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith, and James Horner. Titles include “North by Northwest”, “Jaws”,  “Star Wars”, and “Music from the Classic Godzilla Films, 1954-1995”. Check it out!

Sibley Digital Scores

Sibley Music Library at the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester) has introduced a new site to showcase its collection of digital scores, the Sibley Digital Scores.

The projects aims to

“… digitize approximately 10,000 to 12,000 musical scores which are in the public domain, reside in the Library’s general collections, and are held by not more than two other libraries in the world.”

There is a link on the right-hand sidebar of the site, which links to the search interface of the collection. Currently, there are over 4,000 scores available. The collection is searchable via a single-box keyword search, or browsable by composer/contributor. Files are available for free download, in PDF format. Stable URLs are provided for citation and/or linking. Items are digitized as requested by “… Eastman School faculty and students as well as professional and amateur musicians around the world”.

Naxos Music Library and Naxos Jazz audio now in CLIO

Streaming audio content available on Naxos Music Library and Naxos Jazz is now indexed in CLIO! Over 4,500 records from Naxos Music Library and 1,500 records from Naxos Jazz have been added. This means that when you are searching CLIO, any available Naxos streaming audio content which matches your search will come up, along with the usual results for CDs and LPs held by the Libraries.

The CLIO records include contents, performers, track information, etc. To access the audio, click on the link in the CLIO record which says “Online Link: Naxos Music Library streaming audio”. This will take you to the Naxos record, where you can select the particular track(s) you wish to hear.

If you’re curious about browsing the collection, here’s one way:

  • In CLIO, choose search type = “Keyword”
  • To browse Naxos Music Library content, enter keyword “965naxos”
  • To browse Naxos Jazz content, enter keyword “965naxosjazz”

If you don’t want to have to remember these keywords, you can also just do a keyword search using “naxos” and then add “jazz” or whatever other search terms you like (artists, performers, labels, etc).

For example: keyword = naxos jazz charlie parker

Note that this will also pull up any physical Naxos CDs the library holds that match your search. Streaming audio content is easily distinguishable from CDs by the “ERESOURCES” call number.

Lastly, please note the variety of audio player options available on the Naxos site. If you are experiencing playback problems with one player, try one of the other options. If problems persist, please let us know at

Please have a listen, and let us know if you have any questions, comments, or problems.