New e-resource: RRIMO (Recent Researches in Music)

RRIMO (Recent Researches in Music) (comprising: Recent Researches in Music Online July 2020 thru June 2021; Recent Researches in Music Online Books 2018 to current; Recent Researches in Music Online Legacy) is now available to for members of the University of Cambridge to access.

Recent Researches in Music Online: Online access to all titles published in 2018 and later in the seven Recent Researches in Music series: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, 19th/20th centuries, American (including MUSA), and Oral Traditions. Publication rate is 15–20 new titles per year (≈ 4000 pages). Online titles will be available at the same time as the print publication.

A-R Editions’ rich history stretches back to Yale University, 1962, when two former college roommates—Gary Aamodt and Clyde Rykken (the A and the R of A-R Editions)—had the vision to create a publishing outlet for the research of musicologists who had come to the U.S. after World War II. Thus began the Recent Researches in Music concept—to publish modern, well-edited editions of outstanding music from the past.

A-R Editions has published Recent Researches in Music—critical performing editions of music in seven series. The series fall into two basic categories: editions that span the history of Western music, and editions with ties to specific cultural milieus. Most editions in Recent Researches in Music are devoted to works by a single composer or in a single genre.

Image credits: ‘Baroque’ by Steeve E. –

‘Hypnotic Brass Ensemble’ by Felipe Lima on Flickr –

Announcing the Contemporary Music Score Collection – All Open Access

Via the  Kaleidoscope 2020 Call for Scores in collaboration with the UCLA Music Library, composers were offered the unique opportunity for their music to be published open access with the UCLA Music Library.

Since then,  UCLA has been working hard to publish and make the open access scores available. There are currently nearly 5000 scores published and they are continuing to publish the additional scores throughout the summer.

The scores are published on eScholarship, in a collection titled Contemporary Music Score Collection:

Published by the UCLA Music Library in eScholarship, the Contemporary Music Score Collection includes the digital, open access scores from the Contemporary Score Edition series, the first open access edition of new music published by a library, and scores from the Kaleidoscope 2020 Call for Scores, an open access collaboration with the UCLA Music Library.

New eresource : Babelscores

Cambridge University members now have access to the Babelscores database, following the conclusion of our recent trial.

BabelScores® looks into and selects the works of the most creative, original and innovative composers of the past few decades offering a wide catalogue and setting up a powerful circulation platform addressed to instrumentalists, ensembles, orchestras, composers, musicologists, conservatories, universities and festivals throughout the world.

At BabelScores you can access the largest and constantly growing online contemporary music library.

You will be able to discover and enjoy the best contemporary music worldwide and be part of an extensive and advantageous network of professionals in the area.

In short, BabelScores is the world’s new showcase for contemporary music and a powerful tool for present-day composers to promote their work and to receive a fair benefit for it.

Ethnographic Sound Archives Online : access until 30th June 2020

Ethnographic Sound Archives Online are available to access on the Alexander Street Press platform until 30th June 2020.

If you have any feedback about this resource please send it to us via the online form.

Ethnographic Sound Archives Online brings together over 2,000 hours of previously unpublished historic field recordings from around the world, alongside their supporting field notes and ethnographers’ metadata, opening new paths for the study of music in its cultural context.

Nature and Scope

The practice of going into the field to “collect” music dates to the early 20th century, as innovations like the portable phonograph enabled sounds to be recorded on wax cylinders. In response to a growing commercialized music industry, and tied to the Romantic Era notion of disappearing cultures, early field workers such as Frances Densmore and Alan Lomax traveled to remote areas to document and preserve everyday songs and language. By the 1960s, sound collectors began incorporating theories and methods from cultural anthropology—and ethnomusicology as an academic field of study was born.

Ethnographic Sound Archives Online brings together 2,000 hours of audio recordings from field expeditions around the world, particularly from the 1960s through the 1980s—the dawn of ethnomusicology as a codified discipline. Building on their predecessors’ early sound collecting methods, ethnomusicologists began to fill in gaps on the world music map, traveling to field sites to record and document music in its broader cultural context. These collectors’ bodies of work contain some of the most comprehensive surveys of regional music on record, including Mark Slobin’s survey of Afghan music, Nazir Jairazbhoy’s survey of classical Indian music, and Hugh Tracey’s survey of southern and central African music.

Music is tightly woven into society and culture — it accompanies rituals and dances, and fills social spaces. It is the goal of the ethnomusicologist to document sound in this broader context, so field recordings are often accompanied by film footage, photographs, handwritten notes, and records of the larger soundscape. Where possible, the audio in this collection is presented along with its contextual materials, totaling more than 10,000 pages of field notes and 150 hours of film footage, re-creating music’s relationship to its cultural context in a digital space.

Text taken from the Alexander Street Press platform.

Periodicals Archive Online (complete) : access until 31st May 2020

Complete access to Periodicals Archive Online (PAO) is available until 31st May 2020 in addition to our perpetual access of the JISC colecltions within PAO.

Please send any feedback you have about this archive via the online form.

Periodicals Archive Online is a major archive that makes the backfiles of scholarly periodicals in the arts, humanities and social sciences available electronically, providing access to the searchable full text of hundreds of titles. The database spans more than two centuries of content, 37 key subject areas, and multiple languages.

Providing access to the full text of a growing number of digitized periodicals that have been indexed in its sister database, Periodicals Index Online.

Currently, Periodicals Archive Online contains over 700 journals comprising more than 3 million articles and 15 million article pages. Periodicals Archive Online continues to add new titles, to give undergraduate and graduate students, university faculty and libraries access to a growing collection of key journals in the humanities and social sciences.

All of the journals in Periodicals Archive Online are of significant value to scholars. Whilst the majority of titles are peer-reviewed academic journals, a number of carefully selected publications are included that were not originally scholarly in nature but now represent essential research material.

Newspapers, journals composed entirely of pictorial matter and journals that are indexes (i.e. abstracts, current contents services or bibliographies) are not considered. Monograph series may be included, however.

A round up of new eresrouces made available between 3rd to 17th April

As new eresources are made available due to COVID-19 they are being added to the Databases A-Z and promoted by the ejournals and ebooks teams on WordPress blogs (ejournals@cambridge and ebooks@cambridge) and Twitter (@ejournalscamb and @ebookscamb). When records are available in Alma for the new databases and collections they will be activated and be loaded into iDiscover.

The new databases and collections made available and promoted between 3rd and 17th April are listed below. Details about trial end dates are included in the blog posts that are linked to each title.


Artfilms, Bloomsbury ebooks, Textbooks on Cambridge Core, ProQuest Databases (including ProQuest Dissertation and Thesis Databases and ProQuest Video Online), Archive Direct, Project Muse, VitalSource Helps, JSTOR ebooks, SpringerLink textbooks, Brepols Online, Perlego

Arts & Humanities

Architects Journal and Architectural Review (new subscriptions from recommendations), Babelscores, Classic Spring Oscar Wilde Collection (Drama Online), Maxine Peake as Hamlet (Drama Online), Medici.TV, Littman e-library of Jewish Civilisation, Theology and Religion Online , RIPM North American and Music Periodicals, RIPM Jazz Periodicals, Bloomsbury Fashion Central, Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament

Humanities and Social Sciences

Bristol University Press and Policy Press journals (Business, Economics, Education, Law, International Relations, SPS), Oxford Handbooks – Criminology and Criminal Justice, Encyclopedia of Early Modern History, South Asia Archive

Biological Sciences

Rockefeller University Press journals (Medicine, Life science, Physiology), Thieme Connect Medical Journals , British Small Animal Veterinary Association, SIAM Epidemiology collection, Lancet Respiratory Medicine

Physical Sciences

Oxford Handbooks – Physical Sciences, Lyell Collection (Geological Society Publications), Thieme Connect Chemistry Journals, GeoScience World ebooks collection


Oxford Handbooks – Business and Management, Harvard Business Publishing Collection on EBSCOhost

For details on sending suggestions regarding new acquisition of ebooks, ejournals or eresources (databases) please see the instructions on the recommendations page.

If a subscribed version of an article is not readily available you may find the ‘Search and Discovery Tools’ pages useful. The browser plug-ins section includes details for Lean Library (which gives access to subscribed articles by reloading publisher platform URLs via Raven as well as searching for an OA copy if a subscribed version is not available) and Open Access browser plug-ins.

We hope you find this digest of recently added ersources useful.

Babelscores : access until 30th May 2020

Babelscores is available to access until 30th May 2020.

Please send any feedback about this eresource via the online form.

BabelScores® looks into and selects the works of the most creative, original and innovative composers of the past few decades offering a wide catalogue and setting up a powerful circulation platform addressed to instrumentalists, ensembles, orchestras, composers, musicologists, conservatories, universities and festivals throughout the world.

At BabelScores you can access the largest and constantly growing online contemporary music library.

You will be able to discover and enjoy the best contemporary music worldwide and be part of an extensive and advantageous network of professionals in the area.

In short, BabelScores is the world’s new showcase for contemporary music and a powerful tool for present-day composers to promote their work and to receive a fair benefit for it.

Medici TV : access until 15th May 2020

Medici.TV is available to access until 15th May 2020, including access to operas, ballets, concerts, materclasses and documentaries.

Please send any feedback you have regarding this platform via the online form.

MEDICI.TV, music with vision

The world’s leading classical music channel, has offered access to the best of classical music to viewers worldwide since 2008.

The best live events

More than 100 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…

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.

    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…

    What the press is saying about

    The New York Times: “The closest thing to a classical Netflix.”

    Forbes: “ has the largest classical music audience on the web, the only platform of that size that has the quality of content.”

    Le Monde: « Les amateurs de concerts classiques séduits par »
    — “Classical concert lovers are seduced by”

    The Washington Post: “Classical concerts on their computer? Evidently, yes.”

    The Huffington Post: “Watching Don Giovanni from the best seat in the house.”

    Elle: « Une idée de génie. »
    — “It’s a brainwave.”

    Les Échos: « La plateforme de streaming consacrée à la musique classique a signé un accord avec le prestigieux Carnegie Hall. »
    — “The online platform for streaming classical music videos has signed an agreement with the prestigious venue Carnegie Hall.”

    Libération: « : le Carnegie Hall sur un plateau. »
    — “ Carnegie Hall handed on a plate.”

Text taken from the Medici.TV site.

RIPM North American and European Music Periodicals (Preservation Series) : access until 31st May 2020

The RIPM North American and European Music Periodicals Preservation series collection is available to access until 31st may 2020.

Please send your feedback about this access via the online form.

Access to content in RIPM Preservation Series is based upon optical character recognition (OCR) technology. This technology transforms pictures of letters into text and consequently provides access to all words, but it does not provide information concerning the context in which the search term(s) appears.

However, the Preservation Series is quite different from the other systems of access based on OCR, because it was planned with journals rather than monographs in mind. Thus, while the Google Books and HathiTrust offer access to journals on a volume to volume basis, reflecting the holdings of contributing libraries only with little or no effort to supply complete runs, the Preservation Series simultaneously provides access to all the issues of a journal (an extensive effort in itself) and equally to all journals. Like Google Books and HathiTrust, the RIPM Preservation Series does not offer titling information or the identification of specific types of content (reviews, illustrations, poem, analysis etc.). But unlike the others, the Preservation Series:

  • allows searching of complete journal runs and cross-journal searches;
  • offers a simple downloading process for saving and printing;
  • automatically downloading of full-text pages with supplies fundamental bibliographical information (journal tile, date of publication, volume, issue, page number);
  • permits the user to make personal observations in a Notes field;
  • offers three types of sorts (chronological, density—the number of times a search term appears in an issue/ page— and journal title);
  • bibliogaphical information is supplied on each journal page viewed;
  • each journal page viewed directly from index supplies the number of “hits” and the hit currently being viewed.

Finally, when downloading a single page, the page number is automatically included. When downloading multiple pages, the user must select the page numbers, and, if desired, add further bibliographic information, such as article title and author’s name.


Text taken from the RIPM information page.

RIPM Jazz Periodicals : access until 31st May 2020

The RIPM Jazz Periodicals are available to access until 31st May 2020.

Please send your feedback about this eresource via the online form.

RIPM (Le Répertoire international de la presse musicale) was founded in 1980 and has focused, until now, on periodicals that reflect the European concert tradition, producing online the Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals with Full Text, and North American and European Music Periodicals (Preservation Series, Full Text). Collectively these databases provide access to near four hundred music journals and to more than 1,150,000 full-text pages.

Just as the development of the European concert music tradition coincided with the parallel development of a related periodical literature, the same can be said of jazz. But while much attention over the past forty years has focused on preserving and making accessible periodicals dealing with the European concert music tradition, the treatment of historical jazz journals has, until today, remained conspicuously absent. With the first installment of RIPM Jazz Periodicals, RIPM brings to the fore this remarkable, often neglected documentary resource.

Historical, sociological and geographical factors (e.g., where jazz was born, race relations, its first performance venues and initial audience), did not allow for the creation of genre-specific American jazz magazines in the early years of the twentieth century. While there are some early twentieth-century American periodicals that, on occasion, treat a subject related to jazz, and, several journals dealing with jazz-precursors, [Christensen’s Ragtime Review (1914-16) and The Ragtime Review (1916-1918)], it was not until 1933 that the first fully-fledged jazz periodicals were published in United States.³ And it is during this period that American jazz magazines begin to flourish, which they have continued to do with varying degrees of success to the present day.

The periodicals in this collections cover the period from 1914 to 2006. With the earliest title being Christiensen’s Ragtime Review (1914-1916).

Image credit: ‘Jazz Saxaphone’ by Sachitha Obeysekara on Flickr –

Text from the RIPM Jazz Periodicals platform.