Músík.is: ForsíðaMusic Libraries and Databases in Iceland
January 7, 2016

Here you will find listed the primary libraries and databases of interest with respect to Icelandic music:

  • Ismus - Icelandic Music – project that aims at making Icelandic Music Heritage accessible on the Internet. Three main categories are currently on-line:
    • Manuscripts and print – pictures, transcriptions and sound recordings from music manuscripts preserved in the primary libraries and archives in Iceland.
    • Sound Archive – oldest sound recordings dome in Iceland.
    • The Folkloric Sound Archive – around 2000 hours af tape recorded folkloric material, collected from all over Iceland during the latter half of the 20th century
    • Icelandic Folk Songs – collected by rev. Bjarni Thorsteinsson (coming later this year)

  • Leitir.is – Access to the Largest Icelandic Databases – photos, articles, books, music...

  • The Reykjavik City Library offers a considerable music collection.

  • Timarit.is – Direct access to magazines from Iceland, Faroe Islands and Greenland.

  • The Town Library of Hafnarfjörður has perhaps the lagest music division of any public library in Iceland.

  • The Library of the Reykjavik College of Music stores sheet music and books on music.

  • Sarpur – Cultural Database

  • On the Iceland Symphony Web site you will find information on all composers and works performed by the orchestra during the 1998-99 season.

  • Electronic resources - information on the 31 databases and web libraries that all Icelanders have access to: 6.700 full text magazines, 330.000 works of Anglo American literature (full text), 3 encyclopaedias and 1 dictionary.

  • Music of Iceland (Wikipedia)

Varous information that relates to Icelandic music can also be found through the following addresses:

On the Web since December 1998 Tónlistarsafn Íslandsmusik@musik.is