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Musical Theater Songs updates

Musical Theater Songs is one of the newer databases available to BGSU users. Explore some of the features listed below and check out what’s new.

  • Search nearly 11,000 (and counting) titles spanning 150 years of shows
  • Custom-tailor your search using up to 20 different parameters and over 100 descriptive tags
  • Choose classic titles, rarities, or the latest work from today’s top new composers
  • Get direct links to sheet music and recordings
  • Connect with your school’s or local library’s music collection using Worldcat
  • Already licensed in hundreds of Schools/Universities worldwide
  • Check out our featured Article on Playbill
  • Ideal for theater, music, music ed. and gen ed. students
  • Share your searches on a variety of E-Mail and social media platforms
  • BGSU Students: check with us if you’re interested in getting a discounted individual subscription; we’ll hook you up with the discount code.


  • Check out the newest songs from our on going composers consortia Musical Theatre Factory and Home Grown Australia
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  • New Association with Rock The Audition
  • New upgraded server for even faster search results
  • Newly added Chicago Prize Competition featuring loads of local Windy-City creators. Check it out at




New Resource: Musical Theater Songs

Musical Theater Songs

We’re pleased to announce the addition of a new electronic resource, Musical Theater Songs! It’s an index of tunes from musicals that will help performers and directors identify appropriate songs for auditions, recitals, productions, and more. With more than 20 variables (such as voice type, range, and character age) to search, this source will allow users to answer questions such as:

“How can I find the right songs for my auditions, voice lessons, coachings, competitions, juries and cabaret appearances?


“Where can I find new music to suit my evolving voice and character type?”


“Where do I find that great song someone just sang to land a terrific job?”


“Where do I find songs I can recommend to my students or colleagues?”


“How do I learn more about a specific song or show?”


“How can I find a song to use in a movie or video or a TV or radio spot?”

Check it out and find your next musical theater song!

New Resource: Naxos Works Database


Naxos Works Database includes brief biographies of over 4,000 composers and information about 67,000 works (mostly orchestral and chamber, but there’s quite a wide range covered). This will be particularly helpful for fact-checking dates of composition, writing program notes, checking approximate durations, and even helping plan programs. You can search many aspects of a piece, including instrumentation, duration, date of composition, composer’s country, and genre. So the next time you need to find a 5-10 minute German piece written in the 18th century that features mandolin, look no further than Naxos Works Database!

New in Met Opera on Demand


If you haven’t checked out our subscription to Met Opera on Demand yet, now’s a great time because they’ve added some new content!

Last April’s Live in HD presentation of opera’s most popular double bill—Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci—is now available on Met Opera on Demand: Student Access. The new production by Sir David McVicar stars Marcelo Álvarez in the lead tenor roles of both operas, along with Eva-Maria Westbroek as Santuzza and George Gagnidze as Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana and Patricia Racette as Nedda and Gagnidze as Tonio in Pagliacci. Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi conducts. With this month’s new releases, all ten Live in HD presentations from the 2014/15 Met season are now available on Met Opera on Demand: Student Access.

As an added bonus this month, a special documentary feature called “Live at the Met: From Stage to Screen” is also newly available. This incredible look at the preparation and production of a Live in HD cinema transmission takes you behind the scenes of the new Cav/Pag with the HD director, host, stars, and crew for an up-close view of the exciting process behind the Met’s extraordinary HD presentations.

Two new audio-only titles are also available:

Rusalka (Dvorák): radio broadcast recorded on 12/11/1993, conducted by John Fiore and starring Gabriela Benacková, Janis Martin, Stefania Toczyska, Ben Heppner, and Sergei Koptchak.

Peter Grimes (Britten): radio broadcast recorded on 12/31/1994, conducted by James Conlon and starring Renée Fleming, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, and Alan Opie.

New Resource – ACO: Music Data Analysis

Have you ever wanted to compare sales and charting data of recordings, but just didn’t have time to do all the number crunching from Billboard? Well, we now have a great alternative for you. ACO: Music Data Analysis collects charting data from those and dozens of other sources from all over the world to allow you to gather and compare charting performance of songs, albums, artists, and more.

screen shot of ACO home page

It also includes linking to articles in RILM and related popular music journals to connect you to additional content. Check out some case studies for just a couple of ideas of how this might be useful for you:

Popular Music and Celebrity Feminism: If 2013 was the year of the celebrity feminism, what kind of impact have so-called “feminist” musicians have on music buying trends in recent months and years?

Popularity across time – a video clip: fascinating finding that Bowie’s album in 2013 made the same impact as his Berlin Trilogy thirty five years ago (Low, Heroes, Lodger) in 1977-1979. Has society changed?

This is now linked from the Music Library homepage and in the library catalog. Let us know what you think!

New in American Song

Check out American Song for some new content! Specifically, Alexander Street Press tells us:

You will find 241 new albums (3,460 tracks) from Rounder Records and Air Mail Music, including new releases of bluegrass, zydeco, folk and Cajun music….

Example albums include:

*         Delirium Tremolos
*         Bluegrass Goes to Town: Pop Songs, Bluegrass Style
*         I’m a Zydeco Hog
*         Music for Maids and Taxi Drivers
*         The Best of Louisiana Music
*         The Art of Old Time Mountain Music

Trial to Met Opera on Demand going on now

We currently (until October 11) have a trial for Met Opera on Demand: Student Access. It includes:

Streaming video of more than 60 past performances from the Metropolitan Opera of New York’s Live in HD series, as well as more than 350 classic full-length video and audio performances. Includes multiple performances of more than 100 different operas featuring some of the greatest stars in the history of opera. New releases are added each month.

BGSU users may access it on campus or off at: . Please let Susannah Cleveland know what you think about the database! We can’t promise we’ll subscribe, but we’d love to hear your thoughts.