Thursday, April 09, 2009

New Database: Music Online

The library is proud to announce a subscription to a set of streaming music and music reference databases from Alexander Street Press.

Music Online

African American Music Reference
• American Song
• Classical Music Library
• Classical Music Reference Library
• Classical Scores Library
• Contemporary World Music
• The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online

Jazz Music Library will be added as soon as it goes live next month.

African American Music and Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries will be added in early summer.

Music Online will now cross-search more than 88,000 tracks, 285 hours of video, 13,632 scores, and over 45,000 pages of text reference, from over 150 different record and video labels, print publishers and score publishers, such as EMI, Boosey & Hawkes, Opus Arte, Hyperion, Six Degrees Records, Smithsonian Folkways, Edition Peters, Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, INEDIT, and others.

Your users can create centralized playlists with one single login, bringing in materials from Alexander Street databases or material anywhere on the Web. The robust indexing allows users to browse and search by genre, historical event, album, track, score, people, classical work, cultural group, ensemble, instrument, label, place, recording date, reference work, role, subject, time period, venue, and video.

For example, a user can browse by instrument "banjo" and immediately access a bluegrass recording by Ralph Stanley, a folk recording by Pete Seeger, multiple images of banjos, articles on the banjo from various reference sources, and a twentieth-century score by David Del Tredici featuring the banjo.

Users looking for scores, recordings, and videos of particular classical works can use the Classical Works browse, which will provide all relevant results for a particular composition.


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