Music Online: Music Periodicals of the 19th Century | Alexander Street
Music Online: Music Periodicals of the 19th Century
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Music Online: Music Periodicals of the 19th Century

A gateway for today’s researchers to peer into the day-to-day musical world of pre-modern American music students, performers, teachers, composers, and aficionados. Discover within this collection the richness of the American music traditions, through 76 publications devoted to the musical life, from the late 18th to early 20th centuries.

This collection of approximately 200,000 pages will comprise the single largest digital library of American music periodical literature. This unique resource addresses the interplay of music with the social, political, religious, and economic history of America. Users will find a variety of critical information in difficult-to-access publications, such as Choir JournalEtude, Kunkel’s Music Review, Chicago Musical Times, Opera Glass, The Organ, The Violin World, The Voice, and many others.

Contents include: 

  • Advertisements for instruments and instructors
  • Articles on music composition and performance
  • Profiles of American and Europoean maestros and musicians
  • Scores for singers and instrumentalists

Scholars of the histories of music, religion, education, and economics, as well as researchers in the fields of American studies, media studies, women’s studies, folklore studies, and history of technology, will find a treasure trove of possibilities within this collection.