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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Great News - Colonial Music Databases back up and running

We're sharing this news because the Colonial Music Institute hosts a lot of really useful information, if you're interested in historic tunebooks.  For a while their databases were unavailable, but we heard this week that they're now restored to working order.

Quoting from the horse's mouth ...

Great news!  5 of 6 databases are now back up. They are best found via:  It has been nearly 6 months since these databases were taken down by online hacking, such a senseless loss.  But now they are back up, these five:-
  • Early American Songsters, 1734-1820: An Index
  • Dance Figures Index: English Country Dances, 1651-1827
  • Dance Figures Index: American Country Dances, 1730-1810
  • The Dancing Master, 1651-1728: An Illustrated Compendium
  • Early American Secular Music and Its European Sources, 1589-1839: An Index
  • And the last, The Performing Arts in Early American Newspapers, 1690-1783 should be up again soon.
It's a shame we've been without these powerful academic tools, but thank goodness (and the hard-working folks at the Country Dance and Song Society!) they're back.

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