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Music Index

Music Index is a citation index to music periodical literature and provides citations to book reviews, obituaries, news periodicals, and news and articles about music, musicians, and the music industry. Online coverage is from 1970 to the present.

What Is Music Index?

MUSIC INDEX is a citation index with some abstracts.

COVERAGE is from 1970 to the present. [Print volumes in Reference ML118.M84 cover 1949-2007.]

FORMATS INDEXED are international musical periodicals.

SUBJECTS focus on classical and popular music.

FULL TEXT may be available online for some materials. Select PDF Full View to view; or click on the "View Now @ UK" icon to connect to InfoKat and ILL.

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Boolean Operators


mozart AND requiem


records with both terms




opera OR musical

records with at least one of the terms

  NOT jazz NOT blues records that contain "jazz" but exclude "blues"




symphony, , symphonic, symphonisches, etc.

Wild Card : Alternate Spelling



schonberg, schönberg, schoenberg

Wild Card: Unknown Character



despres, desprez


“   ”

“figured bass”

the EXACT phrase; good for song titles


(   )

(nijinsky AND ballet) NOT stravinsky

items that exclude "stravinsky", but contain both "nijinsky" and "ballet"



machaut n5 virelai

results within 5 words of each other, any order



machaut w5 virelai

results within 5 words of each other, in order specified


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