Musicology: Welcome

Here you will find links to the most important databases, reference works and periodicals. Click on the tabs above.

Mads Nybro Risum

Information specialist
KUB, South Campus
E-mail: mris@kb.dk

The subject

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Musicology is the study of all kinds of music and music cultures, including European art music from the Middle Ages till today, popular music, and the music of foreign cultures. The subject covers many aspects such as musical analysis and composition, music history and musical aesthetics and ethnomusicology, music sociology and cultural studies. The subject includes a number of practical disciplines too.

The Royal Libray/CUL acquires books, journals, electronic resources, sheet music etc. within the subject's areas of interest for the students and researches at The University of Copenhagen. See the tab ‘Materials’ for more information.

The Music Collection, located at The Black Diamond as part of the National Library, manages the subject. The collection’s subject specialists are happy to answer questions on literature and information retrieval etc. within musicology.  See the tabs 'Study skills' and “Reference works and databases” for more information, or see the contact information on this page.

The Music Collection, whose materials and resources are addressed to people outside the University of Copenhagen too, is specialized within Danish music and cultural history and musicology based on sheet music. Please find more information under the tabs 'Thesis writing' and 'The Music Collection' if you are interested in this subject or would like to write your thesis or major papers/projects within this field.

IKK's curriculum shelves

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See what's on the curriculum shelves of The Department of Arts and Cultural Studies Library, plus other titles featuring on the reading lists: find your course, and click on "Go"


These lists are not complete. They include all available copies of a book, as well as its previous editions and e-versions. Even though a book has "On loan" status, a copy is always available at the curriculum shelves. These lists provide an opportunity to download relevant bibliographic information on all titles into a reference management software of your choice. The Faculty Library of Humanities supports Zotero at: http://kub.kb.dk/zotero : http://kub.kb.dk/zotero/


The Royal Library
Music and Theatre Collection
P. O. Box 2149
DK-1016 Copenhagen K

E-mail: kontakt@kb.dk
Tel: +45 33 47 47 47

You can find a wide range of books and journals at the COMM/IKK library in building 14.2. 

Read more about the library here.