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Composer resources on the web

This page features links to websites containing composer resources. The emphasis is on British composers, many of whose manuscripts and printed scores can be found in the British Library. Where possible these links will take you to societies and official sites.

Many of the electronic resources listed on these pages are freely available on the web. Those that are listed as subscription-only may be accessed in the British Library Reading Rooms at St Pancras.

Single-composer websites
Sites featuring more than one composer

Single-composer websites


Charles Alkan

The Alkan Society (with a discography and diary of forthcoming events)

William Alwyn

The William Alwyn Society (contains a biography, discography and list of works)

Sir Malcolm Arnold

Official website of Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE

J.S. Bach

Bach Bibliography (a vast bibliography, compiled by Yo Tomita, Queen's University, Belfast)

The J.S. Bach Homepage (includes a biography, list of works and discography)

Sir Arnold Bax

The Sir Arnold Bax Website (includes biographical sketch, reviews and discography)

Baxworks (annotated list of works, derived from Graham Parlett's Catalogue of the Works of Sir Arnold Bax)

Ludwig van Beethoven

The Ira F. Brilliant Centre for Beethoven Studies (at San José State University, U.S.A.)

The Beethoven Gateway (formerly the Beethoven Bibliography Database)

Hector Berlioz

The Hector Berlioz website (substantial site with biographical material, extracts from Berlioz's writings, lists of works and editions, and diary of forthcoming performances)

The Complete Berlioz (an index of Berlioz's works by D. Kern Holoman)

Leonard Bernstein

The Official Leonard Bernstein website (with calendar of events, online collection of Bernstein scripts, and discography)

The Leonard Bernstein Collection (digitised images of correspondence and photographs held at the Library of Congress, Washington)

Sir Arthur Bliss

The Bliss Trust (with substantial discography)

Rutland Boughton

The Rutland Boughton Music Trust (with biographical sketch and discography)

Johannes Brahms

American Brahms Society

Johannes-Brahms-Gesellschaft Hamburg

Danish Brahms Society (text mainly in Danish, but worklist in English)

Havergal Brian

The Havergal Brian Society (information on his life, music and writings)

Frank Bridge

The Frank Bridge Bequest (formerly the Frank Bridge Trust; includes list of recently-published works)

Benjamin Britten

Britten-Pears Foundation (with information on the resources of the Britten-Pears Library, searchable online bibliography and catalogue of published works)

Alan Bush

Alan Bush Music Trust (with biographical sketch, articles and photographs)

Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, musicien du baroque (in French; research resources include bibliography, discography and catalogue of works)

Frederick Chopin

The Fryderyk Chopin Institute

Chopin Society of Warsaw (in Polish and English; includes biography and catalogue of works with incipits)

Online Chopin Variorum Edition (primary source materials for Chopin's Ballades, Preludes and Scherzos, the Fantasy Op. 49 and Polonaise-Fantasy Op. 61)

Chopin's First Editions Online (online resource uniting all of the first impressions of Chopin's first editions online)

Chopin Early Editions (digitized images of all scores in the University of Chicago Library's Chopin collection)

Aaron Copland

The Aaron Copland Collection (digitised images of manuscript sketches, writings and photographs held at the Library of Congress, Washington)

Frederick Delius

The Frederick Delius Website (website of the Delius Society and Trust; with detailed information on the Collected Works volumes and their contents)

Sir George Dyson

The Sir George Dyson Trust (with list of published works and recordings)

Sir Edward Elgar

The Elgar Society (with pages on the Elgar Society Edition, and chronology of the major works)

The Elgar Birthplace Museum (in Lower Broadheath, Worcestershire)

Gerald Finzi

The Finzi Trust (with worklist and bibliography)

Benjamin Frankel

Benjamin Frankel: British composer (with extensive discography)

The Benjamin Frankel Estate (official website for the composer)

George and Ira Gershwin

The Official George & Ira Gershwin website

W.S. Gilbert

The Gilbert and Sullivan Archive (with plot summaries and some scripts)

Percy Grainger

The Percy Grainger Society

The Grainger Museum (at University of Melbourne)

Ivor Gurney

Ivor Gurney: poet composer (information on the Ivor Gurney Society, and research resources including a thematic catalogue of works)

George Frideric Handel (large collection of research resources, including lists of recent publications, guides to current research and forthcoming conferences, and a catalogue of works)

The Handel House Museum (at 25 Brook Street, London)

The Gerald Coke Handel Collection (at the Foundling Museum, London)

Michael Haydn

The Danish Michael Haydn Project (with a searchable catalogue of works)

Gustav Holst

Holst Birthplace Museum (in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire)

The Gustav Holst Website (with list of works and searchable catalogue of recordings)

John Ireland

The John Ireland Charitable Trust (includes complete list of works, with publishers)

Wilfred Josephs

The Wilfred Josephs Society (with list of works and discography)

Franz Liszt

The Liszt Society (UK society)

Jean-Baptiste Lully

The Jean-Baptiste Lully Collection (at the University of North Texas; includes downloadable copies of all volumes in the collection and bibliography)

Gustav Mahler

The International Gustav Mahler Society (with information on the critical edition of his complete works)

John McCabe

John McCabe: composer and pianist (with compete catalogue of works and discography)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Neue Mozart-Ausgabe (in German, English and Italian; information on the new edition of the complete works, together with extensive research resources, including databases of sources)

Neue Mozart-Ausgabe online (online access to all the scores in the edition of Mozart's complete works)

Serge Prokofiev

The Serge Prokofiev Foundation (collaboration between the Prokofiev Estate and Serge Prokofiev Archive, London)

Henry Purcell

The Purcell Society (with information on the available volumes in the Purcell Society Edition)

Henry Purcell 1659-1695: the glory of the temple and stage (images and sound from a past exhibition at the British Library)

Roger Quilter

Roger Quilter 1877-1953 (with selective list of works and recordings)

Alan Rawsthorne

The Friends of Alan Rawsthorne (a society promoting the music of the composer)

Franz Schubert

Schubert Institute (UK) (with biographical timeline, list of works and bibliography)

Neue Schubert-Ausgabe (with details of the scholarly critical edition of his music)

Robert Simpson

The Robert Simpson Society (with list of compositions and reviews of recordings)

Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji

The Sorabji Archive (a database-driven catalogue of works, with piece details, editions, recordings, performances, broadcasts; also hosts a forum)

Sorabji Resource Site (extensive repository of data on the composer’s life, music, and writings)

Ronald Stevenson

The Ronald Stevenson Society (with photo gallery and list of works)

Johann Strauss

The Johann Strauss Society of Great Britain

Sir Arthur Sullivan

The Gilbert and Sullivan Archive (includes a list of works, and some downloadable scores)

Sir John Tavener

Sir John Tavener official website (with list of works, and some sound clips)

Vaughan Williams

The RVW Society (with a short biography, list of works and timeline)

William Walton

The William Walton Trust (with biography, discography and bibliography)

Peter Warlock

The Peter Warlock Society (with list of manuscript sources, diary of future events, biography and list of works)

Sites featuring more than one composer

The British Composers Project (contemporary composers born, living or working in Britain)

MusicWeb (hosts webpages on numerous British and Irish composers)

The Light Music Society

Sound and Music

Composer biographies on publishers' websites:

Boosey & Hawkes composers

Chester Novello composers

Faber Music composers

OUP composers


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