Early Music

This guide is a group of library and web resources pertaining to Early Music. Please direct all inquiries to musiclib@bu.edu.


Grove music online

Humanities full text (H.W. Wilson)



The music index

The Oxford history of western music

Oxford music online

ProQuest dissertations & theses (PQDT)

RILM abstracts of music literature (Online)


DIAMM – the Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music

This is a portal to worldwide collections of polyphonic medieval music sources, ca 800-1500 (excluding chant). Images are frequently included, descriptions are detailed and are accompanied by relevant bibliographic references; scope is international. Data coverage includes content of the printed publications RISM Series B IV and The Census Catalog of Music Manuscripts, as well as more more from diverse sources and institutions. Register online for free as an individual scholar, a usage licence describes your scholarly freedoms and obligations. Developed by the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway University of London, and now co-owned by the many institutions providing content, this project is ongoing.

Early Music FAQ

Compiled by EARLYM-L participants, covers Western art music from the medieval through Baroque eras; includes essays, reviews, core recorded repertoire, and provides many links to other relevant sites.

Early Music America

Early Music America (EMA) isa not-for-profit service organization for the field of historical performance in North America. Founded in 1985, EMA’s goal is to expand awareness of, and interest in, the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods.

MIML: Music Instruction and Musical Learning, 1450-1650

“Designed to cover the secondary literature on how music was taught and learned during the two-century period 1450-1650, elcuidating aspects such as the institutions, traditions and practices of musical pedagogy in the Early Modern Period.”


The Consort.

Early Music America : the magazine of historical performance.

Early music history.

EMA bulletin.

Historical performance : the journal of Early Music America.

Journal of seventeenth-century music

Die Musikforschung.

Plainsong & medieval music.

Reference Works

Author: Hilton, Ruth B.
Available at Open reserve (ML113 .H558 )

Author: Grout, Donald Jay.
Additional Author: J Burkholder; Claude V Palisca
Available at Open reserve (ML160 .G872 2010 )

Author: Taruskin, Richard.
Available at Open reserve (ML160 .T18 2004 )