American Music on the World Wide Web

DRAMATIC MUSIC (Opera, Musical Theater, Minstrelsy/Vaudeville)

American Variety Stage: This web site is a multimedia anthology showcasing various Library of Congress holdings. It showcases the diverse forms of vaudeville popular from 1870-1920, including sound recordings.

OPERA America: This web page provides a variety of informational, technical, and administrative resources about opera in America. It is designed to serve a wide audience of both professionals and enthusiasts, and contains useful bibliographies and links to other web sites.

Opera of America: This web page is dedicated to opera by American composers. It includes a timeline of premiers and significant events, biographical info on over 60 composers, detailed information on over 40 operas, multimedia excerpts of scores and recordings, as well as a bibliography.


POPULAR (Jazz, Blues, Country, Ragtime, Rhythm and Blues, Rock, Folk, Bluegrass, New Age, Hip Hop)

Delta Snake Blues News: This site is devoted primarily to reviews of commercially available blues recordings. Detailed information about the record companies is included, as well as a few feature articles.

Blues Access Online: This is an electronic version of the periodical Blues Access which contains articles, reviews, discographies, record label information, photographs, festival lists, and other information about the blues.

The Blues Web: An electronic magazine to "celebrate the blues" with incredible breadth including sound files, articles, reviews, and exhaustive links.

Country Music Association: The official page of the Country Music Association. It features news, a listing of events, and links to other sites.

Cybergrass: This site is an electronic periodical by Bob Cherry devoted to promoting bluegrass. It includes news, articles, reviews, festival guides, lists of bluegrass associations, record labels, links, and more.

All About Jazz: A well-presented, award-winning site that includes reviews, discussion topics, sound files, plus links to newsgroups, clubs, etc. A very good, clear, informative site.

InterJazz: This site functions similar to an online jazz periodical with monthly feature articles. It contains some hard-to-find biographical information about lesser known contemporary jazz musicians, as well as featuring "jazz yellow pages," and events listings.

Jazz Roots: Tom Morgan's popular site devoted to early jazz history featuring the following topics: An Overview, Early Jazz Musicians, Pictures from the Archives, information on the Cotton Club, and a Timeline. Worthwhile site for those seeking information on early jazz history.

Progressive Rock Page: A comprehensive page featuring artist profiles, discographies, reviews, interviews, sound samples, photographs, concert/event listings, vendors/labels, publications, and other information pertaining to progressive rock.

Roughstock's History of Country Music: This exhibit looks at some of the influential artists and songs of the 1930s through the 1990s era by era, including artists from Gene Autry, Roy Acuff, Bob Wills, Hank Williams to Patsy Cline, Lefty Frizell, WIllie Nelson, Garth Brooks and many others. Included are numerous rare images, sound clips, and digital movies.

"Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music 1870-1885"
Library of Congress' American Memory website, containing 22,000 choral and instrumental selections which can be viewed/printed out in their entirety.

SACRED (Hymnody/Psalmody, Gospel, Other)

Fasola Home Page: This site is a great starting point for singers new to the Sacred Harp tradition. It provides ample information on events, as well as sound essays and a comprehensive bibliography of shape-note related materials.

Sacred Harp Singing: This page contains scholarly articles, bibliographies, and helpful Sacred Harp Frequently Asked Questions for newcomers.


CLASSICAL (Symphonic, Chamber, Band, Choral, Vocal, 20th Century)

The Great American Brass Band Festival: Announces the programs, past and present of the Annual Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville, KY, including the special yearly one-day band history conference.

American Classical Music Hall of Fame and Museum: This home page offers information about hte museum, whose mission is to honor and celebrate many people and facets of classical music in the United States.

American Composers Forum: This site gives clear information on the work of the Minnesota-based American Composers Forum. Containing details of composer residencies, commissioning programs, etc., the site is a useful resource for all involved in the development of new music.

John Philip Sousa: Devoted solely to John Philip Sousa, his music, and his band, this web site contains brief biographical data, sound clips and MIDI of his music, some photographs of the band, and a bibliography.

Kurt Weill Foundation: This site contains comprehensive bibliographies, biographies, and discographies of Weill's life and music. It also includes audio files, news, and listings.

The World of Wind Ensembles and Symphonic Bands: Associated with the Band Chat listserv, this web site is devoted to all aspects of wind music.

GENERAL (Electronic Journals, Conferences, etc.)

JazzUSA: JazzUSA is an e-journal that features monthly reviews of newly released jazz recordings, provides information on jazz festivals, and women in jazz, and includes a comprehensive list of jazz links.

Mississippi Rag: This e-journal includes news, games, festival information, and links to other ragtime sites.

Smithsonian Jazz: The Web site includes information on Jazz Appreciation Month as well as online classes and resource materials on jazz artists.

Smithsonian's National Museum of American History Archives CenterThe Web site contains information about the National Museum of American History's extraordinary collections of personal papers, business records and commercial ephemera, sheet music, historic film, video, and photographs. Descriptions and examples of these materials are found in American Stories and Collections and Research Aids.

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, the national museum of the United States. They are dedicated to supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among peoples through the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of sound. 


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