Music, Music, Music

By Sonia Ensins

Whether you are studying music, performing music or just enjoy listening to music, the library has something for you. Although our primary goal is to support the research and teaching needs of the Music faculty and students by providing a wide variety of materials on classical music, ethnomusicology, jazz, composition and music theory you may find that the collection offers something for everyone. Highlighted below are some of the resources and services available to students for both academic and recreational purposes.


Researching a topic related to music?
Take a look at the music research guide which has information on how to find scores, recordings, and articles and books about music.

Interested in Irish Music?
Check out the Irish CDs in the O'Neill Media Center and/or visit the Irish Music Center right here on campus.

Auditioning for a musical?
O'Neill Library has vocal/piano scores of many musicals such as Rent, Chicago, Grease, Oklahoma, Cats. Check the online catalog for specific titles. If the library does not own the work, you can request a copy through interlibrary loan or contact me about purchasing a copy.

Looking for sheet music/scores for the piano, cello or other musical instrument?
The library has thousands of printed scores covering classical music, operas and popular music. Check Quest to find print scores and/or go to the database, Library Music Source, which has hundreds of scores available online.

listening to music

Like listening to music?
The Media department in O'Neill Library has thousands of compact discs - mainly classical, but lots of jazz, some folk and popular. And of course, lots of Irish music. We also have subscriptions to streaming music from Naxos Music Library which currently has over 50,000 discs. The Smithsonian Global Sound, "a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions" has 35,000 tracks of American Folk, Jazz, Blues, World (from 150+ countries), children's, and other musical genres.

Want to hear some recordings written or conducted by Boston College faculty?
Go to the O'Neill Media Center and check out some of the CDs by music faculty: Ralf Gawlick, Thomas Lee, Michael Noone, Seamus Connolly, and others.

Are you a fan of Opera and/or Jazz?
The library has many opera CDs and DVDs in the O'Neill Media Center and opera librettos and scores in the O'Neill stacks. There are hundreds of jazz CDs in the Media Department along with jazz DVDs such as Ken Burns' Jazz series.

Wonder what rare music materials the libraries own?
Burns Library houses some very rare and beautiful music materials. You can see them for yourself by visiting the Burns Library. If you go be sure to take a look at Spartito di Tutte L'Antifone Salmi, an early 18th century manuscript of three-part antiphons and vespers for the use of the Carmelite convent of Santa Maria degl' Angeli in Florence and Dialogo di Vincentio Galilei Nobile Florentino della Musica Antica, et della Moderna (1581), one of the most influential treatises of the late 16th century.

Enjoy! If you have any questions, comments or purchase recommendations, please contact me.

Sonia Ensins, Music Librarian, O'Neill Library