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A site with some interesting images of Roman and Greek architecture http://www.anthroarcheart.org/roman.htm
Not about pictures at all but a site decorated with a selection of paintings from the last five centuries   http://www.rsacompany.com
A wonderful site for lovers of statues and marble sculpture. And they are all for sale! http://www.sculpturegallery.com/ 
A private collection of scans, many Michelangelo, which appear to be remnants of a former web site http://cecelia.physics.indiana.edu/life/art/ 
The Bibliothèque Nationale de France - 1000 images from the age of Charles V (1338-1380) http://www.bnf.fr/enluminures/aaccueil.htm
Westminster public library, London, England. The site includes a search facility. http://www.westminster.gov.uk/libraries/search
The Manuscripts of the British Library http://molcat.bl.uk/msscat/INDEX.ASP
The British Library http://www.bl.uk
The Boston Camerata http://hometown.aol.com/Boscam/index.html
The definitive index of British choir web sites http://www.choirs.org.uk/
The Cardinall's Musick http://www.cardinallsmusick.com/
Magnificat http://www.magnificat.org.uk/ 
The Renaissance Singers http://www.renaissancesingers.co.uk/
Hofkapelle http://www.josquin.com/hofkapelle/hoka_home.htm
The Clerks' Group http://www.clerks.dircon.co.uk
Oxford Camerata http://www.oxford-camerata.co.uk
The Sixteen http://www.the-sixteen.org.uk/
Schola Cantorum of Oxford http://users.ox.ac.uk/~schola
Music Publishers  
Cantus Firmus music http://www.cantusfirmus.mcmail.com/Index.html
Choral Public Domain library - free downloadable PDF files of choral music. http://cpdl.snaptel.com/
The Beauchamp Press - Alan Lumsden and Michael Procter http://php.indiana.edu/~elliottp/Beauchamp/
A_R Editions - publishers of collections of music including a lot of early music. http://www.areditions.com
The Beauchamp Press - any early music editions - strong in Venice! http://www.beauchamp.demon.co.uk/press.htm
Cantus Firmus Music - the web site incorporates Cardinalls Musick edition as well. http://www.cantusfirmus.mcmail.com/Index.html
Ancient Groove http://www.cappella.demon.co.uk/music/index.html
Alamire music publishers
Stainer and Bell http://www.stainer.co.uk
Free Music Download Sites  
Indiana University: Selected public domain opera and song literature scores, as well as some online sound recordings.
  • IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library" http://imslp.org/wiki/Main_Page: Virtual library containing public domain music scores and/or sheet music as well as scores from composers who are willing to share their music without charge. It also contains a forum where those in need of a score can post a request.
  • Mozart Neue-Ausgabe: Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum:http://dme.mozarteum.at/DME/nma/start.php?l=2  Contains the musical text and the critical commentaries of the entire Neue Mozart-Ausgabe (Bärenreiter editions).
  • Bayerische Staatsbibliothek onlinehttp://www.digitale-sammlungen.de/ A treasure trove of digitalized scores and other books.  Although the site does have an English section, the German side is easier to navigate.
  • Free Scoreshttp://www.free-scores.com/  Our project is to distribute for free the most important choice of free scores from public domain and from original composers with restricted licenses. A little clunky to navigate, but worth a look. Also, not everything is actually free, but a number of free things can be found.
  • Choral Public Domain Libraryhttp://www2.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page Site contains free choral/vocal scores, texts, translations, and other useful information.
  • Eastman School of Music:https://urresearch.rochester.edu/viewInstitutionalCollection.action?collectionId=25  Eastman also has a blog discussing the process http://digitalscores.wordpress.com/
  • UCLA/Sheet music consortium: a group of libraries working toward the goal of building an open collection of digitized sheet music http://digital.library.ucla.edu/sheetmusic/
  • Harvard college library: a list with many resources for online scores and other music scholarship: http://hcl.harvard.edu/research/guides/onmusic/
  • Virtual Library of Musicologyhttp://mdzx.bib-bvb.de/vifamusik_e/index.php?pcontent=startseite Contains an extensive digital library with the latest scholarly research and online resource
  • Piano Fileshttp://www.pianofiles.com/  A napster style service where you can browse uploads from other users or request specific pieces from other members. Registration is free.
  • Duke University http://library.duke.edu/music/sheetmusic/collections.html Contains a list of free sheet music sites.
  • Google Books: http://books.google.com/ Allows you to preview books and scores.  
  • Art Song Centralhttp://artsongcentral.com/ Art Song Central is principally an archive and directory of free, printable sheet music for singers and voice teachers. An emphasis is placed on standard classical and traditional repertoire.  It also contains IPA transcriptions for every German, French, Italian and Latin song in the index.
  • Repertoire Onlinehttp://www.repertoireonline.com/ A smaller archive which contains 100 Free Sheet Music selections including: art songs, opera arias, & sacred music.
  • Vocal Sheet Musichttp://vocalsheetmusic.net/ Free downloads of vocal sheet music in PDF format. The collection includes art songs as well as selections from operas, oratorios, and other vocal works.
  • RowyNet: http://www.rowy.net/list-vocal.html A medium sized archive of vocal song literature.  Also contains a list of links to other public domain download sites.
  • Werner Icking Music Archivehttp://icking-music-archive.org/ The Werner Icking Music Archive contains a miscellany of subject-specific musical material including a subdirectory containing scores, sound files, typesetting source files, additional README-files and more. Site also contains a terrific list of other public domain resources: http://icking-music-archive.org/oth_mus_archives.php
  • University of Michigan Libraries Music Library Scores Collection:http://quod.lib.umich.edu/s/scores/  This resource is comprised of scores held in the Music Library's general and special collections. Works featured here represent a variety of styles and genres, including songs, solo and chamber music, operas, and compositions for orchestra.
  • The Internet Archivehttp://www.archive.org/ small collection of public scores with sound files.
  • The Johns Hopkins University’s Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music:http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/ The collection consists of over 29,000 pieces of American popular music. The collection spans the years 1780 to 1980, but its strength is its throrough documentation of nineteenth-century America through popular music.
  • The Mutopia Project: http://www.mutopiaproject.org/  The Mutopia Project offers sheet music editions of classical music for free download.
  • Library of Congress’s African-American Sheet Music, 1850-1920 Collection:http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/sheetmusic/brown/ This collection consists of 1,305 pieces of African-American sheet music dating from 1850 through 1920.
  • Library of Congress’s Music for the Nation:http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/mussmhtml/mussmhome.html This collection contains more than 62,500 pieces of historical sheet music registered for copyright: more than 15,000 registered during the years 1820-1860 and more than 47,000 registered during the years 1870-1885. Included are popular songs, operatic arias, piano music, sacred and secular choral music, solo instrumental music, method books and instructional materials, and music for band and orchestra.
  • copy-ushttp://www.copy-us.com/ copy-us is an internet publishing house for contemporary music; it contains a small amount of downloadable vocal music.
  • Free Sheetmusic Libraryhttp://www.bh2000.net/score/sacrbach/ Although this site is mainly devoted to larger orchestral works, it also contains pdf versions of Bach’s Church Cantatas.
The Sheet Music Archive:  Offers free (limited) and subscription (unlimited) downloads. http://www.sheetmusicarchive.net/
Sibelius Music:  Offers free and fee-based downloads.  Search allows for filtering of available free scores.  Free software plugin required to use. http://www.sibeliusmusic.com/
Musica Viva Contains free downloadable classical music, an encyclopedia of music, an instrument gallery, a lyrics database, a music database and a small collection of sound files. http://www.musicaviva.com/
Performing Arts in America 1875 -1923:  With visual and audio images drawn from the extensive archival collections at The Library, the site features an authentic look American music from the beginning of the modern age, all brought to you in original documents (including some sheet music samples). http://digital.nypl.org/lpa/nypl/lpa_home4.html
Goldberg http://www.goldberg-magazine.com
Gramophone http://www.gramophone.co.uk/
Early Music http://www3.oup.co.uk/earlyj
International Record Review  
Record Labels  
ASV http://www.asv.co.uk/
Signum Records http://www.signum.co.uk
Gimell http://www.gimell.com/index2.html 
Hyperion http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/
Metier Records http://freespace.virgin.net/metier.records/
List of early music record labels http://www.concerto.demon.co.uk
Guild http://www.guildmusic.com/
Not a record label, but the annual industry event in Cannes where everyone gets to meet everyone in the recording industry. http://www.midem.com
Book Shops and Publishers  
H&B - US based record shop http://www.hbdirect.com/
Amazon in the US and in the UK http://www.amazon.co.uk


The best early music shop on the net. Peter Berg stocks or can get everything and is available to give advice. http://www.aldhund.demon.co.u
CD Now http://cdnow.com
Order Music http://www.ordermusic.com
The British History Gateway - an E-publication for students of history http://dialspace.dial.pipex.com/town/walk/acw43/historygateway/
Early Music - published by OUP http://www3.oup.co.uk/earlyj/
Journal of the Royal Musical Association http://www3.oup.co.uk/roymus
Rhinegold - publishers of the British Music Yearbook and Early Music Today http://www.rhinegold.co.uk
Notitiae Cantus - Newsletter for Gregorian chant http://www.wu-wien.ac.at/earlym-l/Notitiae.Cantus/
Classical London - Email newsletter with concert listing and reviews. http://www.classical-london.com/
Musicians & Ensembles  
charivari agréable's web site http://www.charivari.co.uk/
A comprehensive list of early music ensembles http://www.intr.net/bleissa/lists/choral.htm
The York Waits http://www.waits.org.uk/
Tonus Peregrenus http://www.tonusperegrinus.co.uk
Arts Florissants http://www.arts-florissants.com
The Peter Maxwell Davies web site http://www.maxopus.com
Artist Agencies  
Phillip Truckenbrod - Concert artists agency in the US http://www.concertartists.com
Music Organisations  
NFMS http://www.nfmslondon.free-online.co.uk/
Music Publishers Association of the USA http://host.mpa.org/
Houston Early Music Festival http://www.tayara.com/earlymusic
Used to be the Article Number Association, now the e-centre - they are the people who give out bar codes. http://www.e-centre.org.uk
Broadcast Music Inc. The US collections agency http://www.bmi.com
The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) http://www.rscm.com/
Early Music America http://www.earlymusic.org
Early Music Vancouver http://www.earlymusic.bc.ca/home.htm
The Early Music Network - an organisation aiming to link all early music web sites around the globe. http://www.earlymusic.net
The National Centre for Early Music based in York, UK http://www.ncem.co.uk
The UK Collecting Society for artists whose performances have been broadcast http://www.pamra.org.uk
A web site for establishing mailing distribution lists http://www.music-lists.com
NEEMF - North Eastern Early Music Forum http://www.neemf.org.uk 
Society for Reformation Studies http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~ucylpay/index.htm
The Renaissance Society - founded 1944 www.renaissancesociety.org
The Musicians Mall - a collection is US based new items and commercial links http://www.themusiciansmall.com
The Incorporated Society of Musicians (UK) http://www.ism.org/
Society of Recorder Players http://www.srp.org.uk/
Renaissance & Medieval Food  
The Medieval Diet http://www.themedifastplan.com/feature-articles/the-medieval-diet-foods-and-recipes-from-the-middle-ages/
Concert Listings  
Computer Software  
Music Shops  
1st in Harmonicas - Doc Belcher's shop specialising in Harmonicas


Instrument Makers  
Venues and Promoters  
Early Music Organisations  
Concert Listings
http://musi-cal.mojam.com/ (was concerts calendar)
http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/~christh/tvemf.htm TVEMF concert listings
http://www.concertfinder.co.uk/ Concert Finder
http://www.uk-calling.co.uk/aboutusframe.html UK based publicity organisation specialising in leaflet distribution in London
http://www.prs.net Repository of midi files including a large number of early music pieces
http://www.music.indiana.edu/music_resources/ Indiana University's index of musical resources on the net.
http://www.medieval.org Medieval Music and Arts Foundations - A Musical Resources and FAQ  site run by Todd McComb
http://www.edinboro.edu/cwis/music/Cordell/timeline.html A list of composers and their dates
http://www.rbsp.org/EMLinks/ A list of Early Music links maintained by the Renaissance and Baroque Society of Pittsburgh
http://copac.ac.uk/copac/ COPAC search facility - searches on-line research libraries of 20 UK and Irish universities
http://hymnuts.luthersem.edu/hcompan Hymnody resources
http://kufacts.cc.ukans.edu/ftp/pub/history/Europe/Medieval/aids/latwords.html A list of 8000 Latin words and their transations into English


A biography of Charles V - Holy Roman Emperor
http://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/library/ The Christchurch Oxford Library


Describes itself as a Medieval "Fantasy" site - quite apt!
http://listen.to/early.music rabros explanation of White Mensural Notation
http://orb.rhodes.edu An academic Medieval resources site
http://w3.rz-berlin.mpg.de/cmp/ The Classical Music Pages - a site giving musical history, biographies, descriptions of musical forms etc. 
http://www.choralnet.org Choral Net - a US resources site for Choral Music.
http://www.christusrex.org/ A site providing information contained in places of worship but with many other Catholic resources as well.
http://www.classical.net Many CD reviews and composer biographies
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~hispanic/ The International Hispanic Music Study Group
http://www.dnai.com/~jinetwk/other.html List of resources on the subject of tuning
http://www.efn.org/~bch/AboutFonts.html Two early music fonts for Finale
http://www.ely.anglican.org/cgi-bin/easter The diocese of Ely's calculator for finding the date of Easter
http://www.genealogy.org/~scottlee/calconvert.cgi A site for converting calendar dates - Gregorian to Julian etc.
http://www.smart.net/~mmontes/ec-cal.html Calculation of the Ecclesiastical calendar - enter a year and it tells you the dates of the principal feasts and seasons
http://www.yourdictionary.com/ A web site dedicated to language. Dictionaries, Thesaurus, help with identifying the language of a word etc.
http://www-personal.umich.edu/~davidcr/ List of books of worship before 1601.
http://www.grovemusic.com Grove on line (requires a subscription)
http://gfhandel.org/bleissa/ Lists of Early music instrumental ensembles, vocal ensembles and record labels.
http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/efts/ARTFL/public/bibles/ On line bibles including the Vulgate (beware the "Vulgate" psalms - they are the wrong version)
http://www.mala.bc.ca/~mcneil/ Large listing of resources on composers and also figures from other art forms.
http://www.mortonmusic.com/ Morton Music - an Australian web site specialising in choral music
http://www.music.indiana.edu/ddm/ A list of music related doctoral dissertationsS
http://www.music.indiana.edu/tml/start.html Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum - a resource containing Latin music theory from the medieval and renaissance periods.
http://silvertone.princeton.edu/chant_html/ Plainchant resources
http://www.newadvent.org New Advent - contains the Catholic Encyclopedia
http://www.sun.rhbnc.ac.uk/Music/Archive/Disserts/ List of University music dissertations
http://www.audience-development.net Rhinegold's Keith Diggle web site
http://www.cs.helsinki.fi/u/wikla/music.html Contains a large number of early music links of various kinds
http://members.ozemail.com.au/~bachlogc/ Bach plucked - the music of J. S. Bach for lute and guitar
http://www.btinternet.com/~edjacksph/homepage.htm Jacks. pipes and hammers - music of the 17th and 18th centuries in facsimile
Bookshops and publishers


Secondhand bookshop in the US. "New, used, out of print and rare".
Secondhand bookshop in the US. "New, used, out of print and rare".
http://www.overstock.com/Books-Movies-Music-Games/3/store.html Overstock - sometimes have some good deals on more obsucure books and DVDs
http://www.alibris.com/collectors/collectors-home.cfm Second hand books from the US (Alibris incorporates Bibliocity)
http://www.hawthornsmusic.co.uk/index.html Hawthorn's music shop (UK)
http://lundbooks.co.uk/ Second hand books on theology.
http://www.cdsheetmusic.com US based sheet music online
http://www.ump.co.uk/ Universal Music Publications
http://www.musicroom.com Music in print on line
http://publish.uwo.ca/~cantus/ Cantus - a search facility for plainchant texts
http://www.osb.org/liturgy/ A comprehensive site of links to liturgical resources


Coda Music - publishers of Finale music typesetting programme
http://www.coloradocollege.edu/Dept/MU/musicpress/engraving.html Music engraving conventions for computer typesetting
http://www.sibelius.com/ Sibelius - the UK's leading typesetting software. Head to head with Finale!
http://www.klemm-music.de/medieval/ Finale Plug in to allow typesetting of plainchant
http://www.dma.be/cultuur/festival/ Laus Polyphoniae - a Belgium festival of Early Music
http://www.festival-van-vlaanderen.be Flanders Festival Musica - the organisation staging the Alden Biesen festival each summer in Belgium
http://www.oudemuziek.nl/english/index.htm Oudemuziek - the organisation that stages the Utrecht Festival of Early Music.


http://www.sun.rhbnc.ac.uk/Music/Links/index.html Links page of Royal Holloway
http://www.classical.net/music/links/emusic.html Interesting Early Music links



GMN Classical & Opera
The Recorder Shop
David Bellugi - recorder player, with excellent links page
The Early Music Shop
London Bach Society
National Piano Centre
Early Music OUP
Univ of Birmingham Centre for Early Music Performance and Research
Bach and Early Music mailing list page
The Viola d'amore

Links to Performers:

English Baroque Choir
Wren Baroque Soloists
Fiori Musicali

Les Musiciens de l'îlot Royal
Nicolino Giacalone, Bass-Baritone Baroque Operatic Singer
Charivari Agréable
Alison Crum
Burgundian Cadence
The Clerks' Group
Cappella Nova
Fires Of Love
Squair Mile Consort
Modo Antiquo
The Gregorian Association
Unicorn Singers
Henry's Eight
Palladian Ensemble
Henry's Eight
The Palladian Ensemble
Opus Anglicanum
Victoria Voices & Viols
Giorgio Ferraris

Instrument Makers

William Mitchell Harpsichords
Xavier Leigh-Flanders Harpsichords
David Van Edwards (lutemaker)
Harpsichord Services
Gerhard Bos Lutemaker
John Storrs Workshop

CD sales and Music Publishers:

Lindum Records - suppliers of Early Music Recordings worldwide
Asclepius Music Publishers
Abbey Records
Kings Music
Period Instruments CD
Zenobia Records - new CD 20 Sept 99
Recorder Music
Orpheus (Australian Recorder Magazine)

UK Fora:

EMEMF East Midlands UK Early Music Forum
EEMF Eastern Early Music Forum
NEEMF North East UK Early Music Forum
TVEMF Thames Valley UK Early Music Forum
NWEMF North West UK Early Music Forum
MEMF Midlands Early Music Forum
SEMF Southern Early Music Forum
SWEMF South West Early Music Forum

Venues & Promoters:

Sutton House Music Society Concerts
York Early Music Festival
Beverley Early Music Festival
Music in the Church at Aust
Warwick Arts Society
Winchester Early Music Festival
Lincoln Early Music Festival
Birmingham Early Music Festival

International Early Music Organisations:

Early Music Network USA
The Early Music Organisation of Ireland
Edole Castle Course, Riga Early Music Centre, Latvia
In Tempore Organi, Italy
Recorder Home Page Australia
Crumhorn Home Page Australia
HARPA Online
In Tempore Organi 2000
Classical Music in Spain
Hortus Musicus (Italian EM magazine)
Art 6 (French Arts site with EM information)
Early Music Scotland
Associazione Culturale Ensemble Baschenis

www.harpsichord.org.uk - British Harpsichord Society

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