History of Humanities

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : History of Humanities.

From the University of Chicago Press website for the journal:

History of Humanities, along with the newly formed Society for the History of the Humanities, takes as its subject the history of a wide variety of disciplines including archaeology, art history, historiography, linguistics, literary studies, musicology, philology, and media studies, tracing these fields from their earliest developments, through their formalization into university disciplines, and to the modern day.

“By exploring the history of humanities across time and civilizations and along with their socio-political and epistemic implications, the journal takes a critical look at the concept of humanities itself.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2016) to present.

Access History of Humanities via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

Intersections: Canadian Journal of Music


From the Erudit platform for the journal:

Intersections: Canadian Journal of Music / Intersections : revue canadienne de musique, formerly Canadian University Music Review / Revue de musique des universités canadiennes, a bilingual journal, was founded in 1980 by the Canadian University Music Society. As the principal Canadian outlet for refereed scholarly research, it is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

The global aim of the journal is to publish research by scholars from around the world. Its particular mandate is to represent Canadian research to other Canadians, and thus to support awareness and interaction among Canadians interested in music research, as well as to represent Canadian research and Canadian music to the world.

The current focus of the journal is in large part upon the traditional fields of music scholarship and research, but studies in popular music and culture are playing a greater role in the journal’s output.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from the Erudit platform,from 2005 to present.

Access Intersections.Canadian Journal of Music via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

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Naxos Music Library

We are pleased to inform that we are now able to make the Naxos Music Library available to all Cambridge University members both on and off campus.  Previously the NML was only available via one PC in the Anderson Room at the University Library, so this should be a very useful extension of access for musicians and musicologists in Cambridge.

The Naxos Music Library can be access on or off campus at this link and via the Cambridge Libraries A-Z of eresources.

Naxos Music Library is the world´s largest online classical music library.  Currently, it offers streaming access to more than 129,850 CDs with more than 1,986,700 tracks of both standard and rare repertoire.  Over 800 new CDs are added to the library every month.

The library offers the complete Naxos and Marco Polo catalogues plus the complete catalogues or selected titles from over 650 record labels, with more labels joining every month. Along with classical music, jazz, world, and pop/rock are also represented.

MGG Online: Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart

The University of Cambridge has recently enrolled in a free, 30-day trial of MGG Online, a new digital encyclopedia that includes the second edition of Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG) as well as regular updates and newly written articles.

The free trial begins on 19 January 2017 and expires on 18 February 2017.

You can access MGG Online at http://ezproxy.lib.cam.ac.uk:2048/login?url=https://mgg-online.com

Please send your feedback on MGG Online to  Pendlebury@mus.cam.ac.uk  before the trial expires.

MGG Online includes more than 16,000 articles covering almost every aspect of music and its history.

Already at the launch of MGG Online (November 2016), some 200 articles have been fundamentally updated, numerous minor revisions carried out, and articles rewritten.

  • Platform with highly developed search- and browse capabilities, e.g. biographical and subject articles, categories (occupations, among others), bibliographies, article sections, and many others
  • Work lists sortable by different categories
  • Google Translate integration into over 100 languages for users who do not speak German
  • Easy toggling between different articles versions
  • Cross references and links to related content in RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
  • An interface compatible with mobile and tablet devices

RILM Full Text & Encyclopaedias

The University of Cambridge now has trial access to the RILM Full Text & Encyclopaedias resources on the EBSCOHost platform.

Access is via the following links on and off campus until 31 March 2017.


Off campus:


On campus:


RILM abstracts of music literature with full text (RAFT) expands the global bibliography of writings on music with the addition of a million pages of full-text content from more than 200 key periodicals. Coverage includes articles and reviews as well as obituaries, editorials, correspondence, advertisements, and news.  The total number of journals is nearly 240, from 50 countries in 40 languages, published from the early 20th century to the present, and comprising close to 175,000 full-text records. Full publication runs back to the first issue will be present for most journals.



Off campus:


On campus:


RILM music encyclopedias is a full-text compilation of reference works, most of which are not available anywhere else online. In 2017, the collection includes 45 seminal titles published from 1775 to the present and comprising 95,000 pages. This resource is designed to meet the teaching, learning, and research needs of the international music community. It provides comprehensive encyclopedic coverage of the most important disciplines, fields, and subject areas of historical musicology and ethnomusicology, with topics ranging from popular music, opera, instruments, blues and gospel, to recorded music and women composers. Its content spans multiple countries and languages—currently English, German, French, Italian, Czech, Dutch, Greek, and Slovak.

Please send your feedback on these resources to the Pendlebury Music Library email: Pendlebury@mus.cam.ac.uk

You may also be interested in:  Oxford History of Western Music


Cambridge University Library Music Department



Trial access is now available to the world’s leading classical music channel, medici.tv, “the closest thing to a classical Netflix” (New York Times).

The trial runs to 9 February 2017 and is available on and off campus via the following link:


We need to know whether this trial was useful to you and if so why – please send your feedback to Pendlebury@mus.cam.ac.uk

Some of the highlights of medici.tv are:

The largest on demand library of classical music, medici.tv’s library features over 1,800 programs (3,000 original works), including: – concerts and archived historical concerts; – operas; – ballets; – documentaries, artist portraits and educational programs; – master classes

An international platform available on all devices, medici.tv is available in English and French on all screens: PC, Mac, mobiles, tablets (iOs and Android) and television via Apple TV, AirPlay or Chromecast.

The glasses of Franz Schubert

The glasses of Franz Schubert

Almost 150 live events are broadcast each year, in partnership with the world’s most prestigious venues, opera houses, festivals and competitions: Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Bolshoi Theater, Opéra national de Paris, NCPA, Glyndebourne Festival, Lucerne Festival, Verbier Festival, Salzburg Festival, International Tchaikovsky Competition, International Chopin Piano Competition, Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition…

Classical music’s greatest artists are on medici.tv: Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Khatia Buniatishvili, Natalie Dessay, Joyce DiDonato, Plácido Domingo, Gustavo Dudamel, Renée Fleming, Valery Gergiev, Janine Jansen, Jonas Kaufmann, Evgeny Kissin, Lang Lang, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, Anna Netrebko, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Gianandrea Noseda, Sir Simon Rattle, Anoushka Shankar, Yuri Temirkanov, Rolando Villazón, Yuja Wang… but also Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Maria Callas, Glenn Gould, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Herbert von Karajan, Yehudi Menuhin…

Rock Music Studies

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Rock Music Studies.


From the Taylor & Francis website for the journal:

“Published three times a year, Rock Music Studies publishes articles, book and audio reviews, and opinion pieces on rock music and its numerous subgenres.

“To best focus this international journal, the editors of Rock Music Studies, which evolved from Popular Music and Society, limit the usually all-inclusive definition of rock to exclude other genres such as doo-wop, country, jazz, soul, and hip hop, but include roll and roll, rockabilly, blues rock, country rock, jazz rock, folk rock, hard rock, psychedelic rock, prog rock, metal, punk, alternative, and other subgenres of rock.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2014) to present.

Access Rock Music Studies via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

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