Digital Library

AES-journal, papers, preprints.


This portal covers and allows cross searches in the following databases (individual products can be accessed via the "go to" menu):

African American Music Reference
Comprehensive reference work and collection of rare or hitherto unpublished material on the history of Afro-American music from the early beginnings until the 1970ies with an overall stock of more than 50,000 pages. It covers a great variety of musical styles, genres and forms of expression including blues, jazz, spiritual, gospel, civil war songs, slave songs, rhythm & blues, etc.

American Song
Sound database with more than 50,000 tracks of American roots music and popular American music of the time before 1960. The styles of music range from country, folk and bluegrass to old time and American Indian up to blues and gospel. Sound database with more than 50,000 tracks of Afro-American music of North, South and Central America (including Caribbean) from the late 19th century to the 1970s, including some 5,000 tracks which have never ever been published before.

Classical Music in Video
Online-Service mit Aufnahmen von über 1.500 Aufführungen klassischer Musik (Konzert, Oper, Ballett) und Musikdokumentationen im Streaming-Video-Verfahren.

Classical Music Library
Sound database with recordings of classical music ranging from the Middle Ages up to present day. It includes not only the complete or main oeuvres of individual composers but also select rare works. Represented are not only various music genres such as orchestra and chamber music, opera, Lied, Singspiel, and choir music but also different epochs of the history of music.

Classical Music Reference Library
Online service with access to reference works about the history of Western classical music from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. It includes theme- and person-related articles from renowned reference books such as “Baker's Dictionary of Music” (1997), “Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians” (6 volumes, 2001), “Baker's Student Encyclopedia of Music” 3 volumes, 1999) and “Women Composers” (7 volumes, 1996-2003) covering 200 genres of music, 11,000 composers, 7,000 interpreters and ensembles and 200 instruments.

Classical Scores Library (Vol. 1 + 2)
Collections of music printings, manuscripts of music and hitherto unpublished material from the 15th to the 20th century. It covers various music styles such as orchestra and chamber music, opera, Lied, instrumental and choir music, and, moreover, different types of scores such as full scores, study scores, piano and vocal scores and piano reductions. Once completed, the collection will cover more than 8,000 composers with a total volume of 400,000 pages and will offer the possibility to search for differentiated recordings of titles on the basis of many freely combined categories.

Contemporary World Music
Sound database with some 50,000 tracks of world music of the 20th century. Represented are both Western popular music and traditional, non-Western music genres and styles: reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkan jazz, African movie soundtracks, Bollywood, Arabian swing, and jazz, traditional Indian music, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, etc.

Dance in Video
Online service with recordings of more than 250 ballet and dance theater performances. This collection offers a comprehensive cross-section of performance practice from the 1950s up to the present day and covers not only classical ballet but also tap dance, jazz dance, contemporary, experimental or improvisational dance. For example, it contains performances of the Dance Theatre of Harlem and of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, "Points in Space" (Merce Cunningham Dance Company), "Strange Fish" (DV8 Physical Theatre), "Silence is the End of our Song" (Royal Danish Ballet), "Intimate Pages" (Rambert Dance Company), "Swansong" (English National Ballet), "Peter and the Wolf" (The Royal Ballet School) or "Rainbow Round My Shoulder" (Donald McKayle) and a great number of other performances of dancers, choreographers and companies such as Agnes de Mille, Mark Morris, Lestor Horton, Anna Sokolow, Norman Walker Dance Company, Anthony Tudor, Jose Limon, Paul Draper, Chuck Green, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Kirov Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and Nederlands Dans Theater. Moreover, it includes also extensive documentary footage with choreographers and dancers, making-of programs, dance workshops and documentaries and reports).

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
Comprehensive standard reference book with more than 1,200 detailed theme- and person-related articles about traditional ethnic music worldwide, published by James Porter and Timothy Rice. The digital edition offers convenient access to the complete texts of the 10-volume printed version of the same name (1998-2002) and to all figures, drawings, samples of scores and music, charts, and diagrams.

Jazz Music Library
Sound database with some 8,500 albums (approx. 103,000 tracks) of jazz music. It documents a great variety of central jazz styles including New Orleans Jazz (as of 1900), Dixieland Jazz (as of 1910), Chicago Jazz (as of 1920), Swing (as of 1926), Bebop (as of 1943), Latin Jazz (as of 1947), Cool Jazz (as of 1948), Hard Bop (as of 1955), Free Jazz (as of the late 1950s) and Jazz Fusion (as of the late 1960s) which reflect the historical development of this form of music. However, it includes also contemporary trends of jazz. Among others, the database contains releases of music labels such as Verve, GRP Records, Impulse, Jazzology, American Music Records, G.H.B Records, Black Swan, Solo Art, Circle Records, Paramount, Concord Records, Concord Picante, Concord Jazz, Fantasy Records, Fantasy Jazz, Contemporary Records, Good Time Jazz, Milestone, Monterey Jazz Festival Records, Original Jazz Classics, Pablo, Peak, Prestige, Riverside, Stretch Records and Original Jazz Classics.

Opera in Video
Online service including recordings of more than 250 performances of operas from the 17th to the 20th century. The collection offers a representational cross-section of performance practice of the 1980s and 1990s including, among others, "Carmen" with Maria Ewing, directed by Zubin Mehta (1991), "Billy Budd" with Thomas Allen and Richard Langridge, directed by David Atherton (1988), "Julius Caesar" with Janet Baker, Sarah Walker and Valerie Masterson, directed by Charles Mackerras (1984), "L'Africaine" with Placido Domingo, Shirley Verrett and Ruth Ann Swenson, directed by Maurizio Arena (1988), "La Bohème" with Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti and Nicolai Ghiaurov, directed by Tiziano Severini (1988), "Capriccio" with Kiri Te Kanawa, Simon Keenlyside and Victor Braun, directed by Donald Runnicles (1993), "Orlando Furioso" with Marilyn Horne, Susan Patterson and Sandra Walker, directed by Randall Behr (1989), "Aida" with Maria Chiara, Luciano Pavarotti and Nicolai Ghiaurov, directed by Lorin Maazel (1985), "The Rake's Progress" with Kiri Te Kanawa, Felicity Lott, Frederica von Stade, Ileana Cotrubas and Thomas Allen, directed by Sylvain Cambreling (1996). In addition, it includes extensive documentary footage (among others interviews with directors, singers, conductors, making-of programs and documentaries and reports).

Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries
Sound database with more than 35,000 tracks of the renowned Smithsonian Folkways Archive. Smithsonian Global Sound offers a wide selection of music from all over the world, which is indexed, for example, according to geographic regions, instruments, languages, artists, and ethnic groups.

Music Online includes (as of 1.2.2010):

* 215,609 tracks
* 14,832 albums
* 58,643 pages text reference
* 26,000 scores (400,000 pages)
* 1.900 videos

Concert recordings of "classic" music for top quality streaming.
For the time being, access is possible just with Mozilla Firefox.

The CDs of the Naxos Music Library are available for streaming (approx. 60,000 CDs, some 850,000 audio files). The library grows continuously by some 500 CDs per month.

Naxos Music Library Jazz offers mix selection of jazz legends and contemporary jazz. The recordings include famous Jazz Legends and Historicals, new selected titles of other leading independent labels are added every month. Contains more than 3000 CDs and new CDs are added every month.

Approx. 300 streaming videos with classical music performances.

Approx. 45.000 works for downloading and printing.