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

Please send your feedback on MGG Online to  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.


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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.



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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:

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,, “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

Some of the highlights of are:

The largest on demand library of classical music,’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, 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 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.

Image credit: ‘Bon Jovi’ by Umberto Rotundo on Flickr –

Early Modern Women

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Early  Modern Women.


From the Iter website for the journal:

Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal is the only journal devoted solely to the interdisciplinary and global study of women and gender during the years 1400 to 1700. Each volume gathers essays on early modern women from every country and region, by scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines, including art history, cultural studies, music, history, political science, religion, theatre, history of science, and history of philosophy.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2006) to present.

Access Early Modern Women via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

JSTOR Arts & Science XIII Archive Collection

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z: JSTOR Arts & Science XIII Archive Collection


“late byzantine cross-in-square” by fusion-of-horizons (on Flickr)

From the JSTOR website:

“The Arts & Sciences XIII Collection adds an increasingly international set of journals in disciplines including Language & Literature, Art & Art History, Philosophy, and Religion. Represented subdisciplines include European church history and the literature of the American West.

The collection offers a global scope. European countries including Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands each contribute several titles, with an additional title published in South Korea, the Journal of Korean Religions.

The Arts & Sciences XIII Collection also complements JSTOR content in History, Music, and Classical Studies. The collection will contain at least 125 titles by completion.”

Notable titles include:

A full title list for the package can be found on the JSTOR website.

Access the various titles from JSTOR Arts & Science XIII Archive Collection via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z. Records for the titles in this archive will be available in LibrarySearch in the new year. Access to the articles will be available in LibrarySearch+ next week.