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Historical Music and Books About Music and Musicians

(and other great literature)

Here are some great on-line music resources.
Some are books about music, such as Music Theory, Harmony, Counterpoint and Music History.
Others are collections of actual music for various ensembles as well as piano/vocal arrangements.

Books About Music and Musicians
Project GutenbergProject Gutenberg
Over 20,000 books made available once again, including some on music. A search on 'music' yields few results, yet there are many books pertaining to music at Project Gutenberg. Some authors to search for are Sousa, George Bernard Shaw, Arthur Elson, but there are others. Project Gutenberg books are all in the public domain in the U.S. Browse among the other books besides music books -- there is much great literature here as well as poetry, drama, history.
There is also a Project Gutenberg Australia and a Project Gutenberg Europe.
    They are available in several formats:
  • uncompressed text in 7-bit or 8-bit ASCII
  • zip file of either text format
  • HTML format
  • zip file of the HTML format
Google Books Google Books Music Collection
These books are all digitized from original books which are in the public domain. Because these are PDF files comprised of graphic images, they're quite large. Some of these books are available in plain text format or in HTML format at Project Gutenberg, so try searching for them there in order to get smaller files of the same material.
Collections of Old Music
Duke UniversityHistoric American Sheet Music ProjectFollowing links to American Memory site can provide further links to other music collections.
Library of Congress
America Sings
America Singing 19th Century Song Sheets Digitized sheet music from the 19th century in America
Ditigal Mozart CollectionNeue Mozart Ausgabe Digital Mozart Collection
The complete works of Mozart -- to print it is necessary to right click, select View Image, then print from that screen. The digital images of the pages can also be saved individually to your hard drive.
Johns Hopkins UniversityLester S. Levy Collection of Sheet MusicMany works for various ensembles as well as traditional piano/vocal arrangements.
African American Music from the
collections of Brown University
African American Music
Music by and about African Americans from the years 1850 to 1920, from the collections of Brown University.
The Music of James M. FultonMusic of James M. Fulton
Music by James M. Fulton, being rescued from obscurity by Jeff Yaeger and restored to the prominence in American music which it deserves.
Collections of Midi Files
Classical Midi ArchivesClassical Midi Archive
Midi files of thousands of works going back in music history. Some audio files are available, but mostly this is midi files. Downloads are limited unless you buy a subscription, which is reasonably priced if you want to download a lot of these files.
Classical Midi ConnectionClassical Midi Connection
Midi files of works by many composers going back in music history.
Collections of Digitized Band Music
Band Music PDF LibraryBand Music PDF Library
Many works for band which have been digitized and published as PDF files, free for downloading and printing and performing.
Project SousaProject Sousa Band Music
Classics from the golden age of concert bands and marching bands have been digitized or have been newly engraved using Finale or Sibelius and published as PDF files for free downloading, printing and performing.

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