The Department of Music of the Austrian National Library is Austria’s biggest musical archives, and at the same time a modern scholarly research library and the place where most valuable original musical manuscripts are kept. Music manuscripts, printed music, texts of operas and vocal works, musicological writings, recordings, and the estates of important Austrian composers are conserved here and made accessible for study. The ViFaMusik search includes the catalogue data of the sound carriers of the ÖNB (ca. 29,000 records) and of the music prints (ca. 277,000 records, numbers from summer 2014).
The British Library is one of the largest librari vvifas.bsb-muenchen.int:8080es in the world with an overall collection of well over 150 million items. The collections of printed music contains material published in every European country, from the beginning of music printing in the late 15th century to the present day.
The Music OPAC contains all items relevant to music in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Bavarian State Library).
Music catalogue of the Berlin State Library - Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (subject section of the online catalogue StabiKat)
The music department of the Berlin State Library possesses one of the most important music collections worldwide. All books, music prints, sound recordings listed in the online catalogue StabiKat can be found via the metasearch of the ViFaMusik. To find books edited before 1909, music prints edited before 1990 or sound recordings up to the publication year 2000, one additionaly has to consult the image catalogues of the music department (http://musikipac.staatsbibliothek-berlin.de/), because these parts of the collection still are not digitized completely.
The historical scores library of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich belongs to the largest and most precious opera libraries. These holdings with signature group "St.th" (Staatstheater) comprise the performance material of 955 operas from around 1780 until the middle of the 20th century and consist of music manuscripts and music prints (scores, parts, piano scores, libretti, documentary material). It can only be usedon site in the reading room "Music, Maps, and Images" of the Bavarian State Library.
The German Music Archive of the German National Library is the central collection point for sheet music and sound carriers in Germany and is the nation’s music bibliography information centre. German music publishers and sound recording labels are required to submit two deposit copies of their publications to the German National Library under the Law regarding the German National Library. These publications form the basis of the collection. One copy, e.g. of each item of printed music or music CD, is archived and made available for use at the Leipzig site, whereas the second copy is forwarded to the Frankfurt site of the German National Library. Sheet music and sound recordings from 1993 onwards are also held here. The German Music Archive is housed at the Leipzig site of the German National Library.
The Bibliographie des Musikschrifttums online (Bibliography of Music Literature online) is an international and interactive bibliography of music literature. This bibliographic reference tool is edited by the Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin, and may be used free of charge. It is the continuation of the printed bibliographic indexes which stop with the volume published in 2001 that contains information on material published in 1988. Currently, BMS has more than 354,300 records of music literature. BMS is supplemented by the "OLC-SSG Musicology", which incorporates the contents of some 180 music journals from 1993 onward.
Here you find RISM’s vast collection of musical sources and can freely search among 700,000 entries that contain mostly historical music manuscripts (the majority originated before 1800).The original sources are available fromthe libraries, music archives, and private collections as indicated in the RISM database. These institutions can often be approached for reproductions. This online database is the result of a cooperation between the Bavarian State Library, the State Library of Berlin, and RISM. The cataloguing of the musical sources is being done and is financed by several national and international institutions (see the RISM-website for more information). The RISM Zentralredaktion is a project of the Academy of Science and Literature, Mainz.
BMLO is a prosopographic persons' dicitionary in the context of Bavarian music history.
It offers a cataloguing tool for music dictionaries, biographical literature, archival and library-oriented data bases that deal with the persons in BMLO (from the medieval times until the present). More information can be found on the BMLO-website at www.bmlo.lmu.de. BMLO is a project of the University of Munich.
The data base OLC-SSG Musicology is part of the Swets data base „Online Contents“ that analyses tables of content of subject-related journals. Additionaly, the tables of content of another 80 journals are analysed by the State Institute for Musicological Research. Overall, 153 journals since 1994 are being analysed.
IMSLP stands for "International Music Score Library Project" and is the largest digital music library world-wide. It is also called "Petrucci-Library" in memoriam of the Venetian printer and music publisher Ottaviano Petrucci who invented the sheet music printing at the end of the 15th century. IMSLP contains 98,000 musical works of 13,000 composers in 330,000 digitized scores and 37,000 recordings (as of October 2015). Only the works from those composers who are dead for at least 70 years are integrated into the ViFaMusik index. These works are copyright-free in Germany and many other countries. This is the case for 63,000 works in ISMLP.
The data base “Web Resources of ViFaMusik” analyses scientifically relevant web resources for all areas of musicology. You can find university institutes here as well as different projects and data bases. Besides web resources from universities and libraries, numerous research institutions and private websites are included and freely available text (mostly in PDF-format).
The Experts Data Base contains information about Austrian, Swiss and German researches in musicology. It holds personal data (research areas, work in scientific projects, institutional affiliation, home page, and email-address of the researcher) and general information (like research areas where several researches are currently working on).
The "Handwörterbuch der musikalischen Terminologie" (HmT) is a completed project ofthe Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz, was edited after Hans Heinrich Eggebrecht by Albrecht Riethmüller, and was published by Franz Steiner Verlag (Stuttgart). It discusses in detailed monographs the origin and meaning of musicalterms. The digitization and online presentation of the HmT has been generously granted by the Franz Steiner Verlag.
Literature about music like monographs about composers, composition theory, and essays on history of music from the holdings of the music department of the Bavarian State Library. At the moment, this collection contains appr. 3,300 digitized works from the period 1800 until 1870 and is searchable via the full text.
BASE is one of the world's most voluminous search engines especially for academic open access web resources. BASE is operated by Bielefeld University Library. It harvests metadata from institutional repositories and other academic digital libraries and indexes the data for searching. In the context of ViFaMusik a relevant section with more than 55,000 BASE-records has been formed on the basis of Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC).