Online music resources


American Music Center
This is a vast and comprehensive digital database that contains over 57,000 works by more than 6,000 composers, and includes over 14,000 media samples (recordings and scores).

Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe (BGA)
This edition of the complete works of Johann Sebastian Bach was published in a series of 46 volumes from 1851-1899, by the Bach-Gesellschaft and Breitkopf & Härtel. This is also available in print in our library (M3 B1133 1968)

Classic Scores Library
Classical Scores Library contains 400,000 pages of classical scores from both in-copyright and public domain editions. The major composers output is represented, as well as many lesser known composers and works.

The Classical String Quartet collection from Duke University
This collection features rare and unusual string quartets not available in modern editions from the Duke University Special Collections

Early Music Online
Early Music Online is a pilot project in which 300 of the world’s earliest surviving volumes of printed music, held in the British Library, have been digitised and made freely available online.

IMSLP / Petrucci Music Library
This is a large collection of public domain scores and sheet music and also includes music by composers who are willing to share their music without charge

Loeb Music Library Digital Scores and Libretti
The scores and libretti in this Virtual Collection include first and early editions and manuscript copies of music from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries by J.S. Bach and Bach family members, Mozart, Schubert and other composers

Music Scores Collection from the Sibley Music Library
A Collection of Books and Scores from the Eastman School of Music. Many of these scores are unique to the Sibley Music Collection

NMA (Neue Mozart-Ausgabe: Digitized Version)
The DME is the online version of the New Mozart Edition (Neue Mozart-Ausgabe, NMA) which is located in the Music and Media library (M3 M9 1955)

Online Resources for Music Scolars
From Harvard College, this is a great list of digital scores and other online resources

The Wiesbaden ("Giant") Codex (Hildegard of Bingen)

A Search Engine for public domain scores and other music files.


UVic Licensed Videos Digital videos that UVic is licensed to stream.

Movie Image Archive from Internet Archive
This is a collection of thousands of digital movies which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are also available for free download

NFB Online
The National Film Board of Canada provides free home viewing of over 700 productions, films, trailers and clips from the NFB's world-renowned collection.


American Song
American Song is a history database that contains over 50,000 tracks that allows people to hear and feel the music from America's past. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more.

The music comes from Rounder Records, the Smithsonian Institution, Document Records, and other labels and sources. There are fully searchable lyrics where available, beginning with the second release, along with links to Web resources, sheet music, and more.

CentreStreams provides online streaming access to a catalog of over 8,000 contemporary classical works by Canadian composers available from the Canadian Music Centre. To access this database you will need to set up a User Name and Password at the site.

Classical Music Library
Classical Music Library includes recordings of music written from the earliest times to the present, including contemporary composers.

Contemporary World Music
This database contains important genres such as Reggae, Worldbeat, Neo-traditional, World Fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres such as traditional music - Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more.

Counterstream Radio
Drawing upon the American Music Center's substantial library of recorded music, Counterstream Radio streams works by a wide variety of American composers such as Elliott Carter, John Cage, Bill Frisell, Kid 606, Abbey Lincoln, Milton Babbitt, Philip Glass, Morton Feldman, Laurie Anderson, and hundreds more.

DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music)
DRAM provides quality audio, complete and original liner notes and essays from New World Records, Composers Recordings, Inc. (CRI) and other important labels. Currently, there are over 1,200 CDs (7,500 compositions).

Jazz Music Library
Jazz Music Library is the largest and most comprehensive collection of streaming jazz available online — with thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres.

Music Online
Search all the Alexander Street Press databases at once. You can search individual databases from the "Go to" menu at the top of the page.

Naxos Music
Naxos contains more than 61 000 recordings available as streaming audio 24 hours a day. Along with the Naxos label there are 320 other independent labels included. Genre includes Classical, Jazz, World, Rock and Nostalgia.

RadioOM includes concerts, sound poetry performances, lectures and documentaries in classical music, jazz, experimental music and other forms.

Smithsonian Global Sound
This database includes the published recordings owned by the non-profit Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label and the archival audio collections of the legendary Folkways Records, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, Paredon and other labels. It also includes music recorded around the African continent by Dr. Hugh Tracey for the International Library of African Music (ILAM) at Rhodes University as well as material collected by recordists on the South Asian subcontinent from the Archive Research Centre for Ethnomusicology (ARCE), sponsored by the American Institute for Indian Studies.

Virtual Grammophone
The Virtual Gramophone is a growing multimedia website devoted to the early days of Canadian recorded sound. With a database of images and digital audio recordings, as well as biographies of musicians and histories of music and recorded sound in Canada, The Virtual Gramophone provides researchers and enthusiasts with a comprehensive look at the 78-rpm era in Canada.