Databases, Directories & General Information

Classical Music Archives – “The largest classical music site on the web” offers a vast collection of music, and much more.
Classical Net – One of the first and best sites for classical music.
The Classical Score – Online timeline of music history and hymnology.
The Classical Source – Reviews, concert guides, composer information, links from the U.K.
David Dickerson’s Classical Music Page
Ex Musica (Dutch/English) – Short articles about important composers, styles, interesting events, etc.
Favorite Classical Composers – “Everything you want to know about the greatest composers and their beautiful creations.”
Ik Wil Het (Dutch) – Many links.
Klassik Online! (German)
L.A. Philharmonic Music and Musicians Database
Ludwig van Beethoven’s website – A great resource for information about one of the greatest composers.
mfiles – Great site featuring sheet music, MIDI/MP3 files, and information about composers and their music, with an emphasis on the connection between classical and film music.
Musicalics – A treasure trove of well-ordered information. Maintained by the hard-working Jos Smeets.
MUSIClassical – “Supporting the Independent Musician and Classical Music Lover.”
Music Resources – A pioneering site from the Sibelius Institute, Finland.
Music Resources on the Internet – Annotated links to jazz, folk and classical music sites, free music graphics, and more.
New Classics – CD, DVD, and book reviews, including a nice selection of contemporary classical recordings.
La Scena Musicale – A multi-award-winning Canadian site featuring articles, reviews, MIDI files, and links. The companion site to the print magazine (available for download in pdf format).
Sinfini Music – A “straight-talking, jargon-free website” to help you explore classical music.
Unknown Composers – Music and composers “that for whatever reason aren’t better known, but deserve to be.”

Retailers

AllPosters – Many posters of individual composers and other music-related images.
Handlo Music – E-mail delivery of more than 1,500 choral music scores.
Music Treasures Co. – “America’s Music and Dance Educational Resource Center.”
Old Town Music – Still going strong in Pasadena, CA.
Theodore Front Musical Literature

Classical CDs and Online Music

Allegro Media – One of the largest independent distributors of music in North America.
Berkshire Record Outlet – An exceptionally good source for cut-outs and bargains from a wide variety of international labels.
Cantaloupe Music – Contemporary music label created by the founders of New York’s legendary Bang on a Can Festival.
CD Universe
Classical.com – The world’s largest online classical music collection. 10,000+ tracks, playlists, downloads, custom CDs.
Classical Connect – “Virtual concert hall” featuring thousands of recordings by international artists, free of charge.
HBDirect – Classical specialists since 1985 – a great site for music enthusiasts.
Peermusic – Publisher of contemporary classical music since 1948.
Tower Records – Still alive on the Web.

Other (non-musical) Cultural Landmarks

BOOKS – Find new, used, rare and out-of-print books at the best prices.
Advanced Book Exchange
BookFinder
Powell’s Bookstore

POSTERS
World History Timeline – Another Sisyphean project.

PROSE
The Onion – More fun than a barrel of Allium cepa.
Arts & Letters Daily – Links to some of the best reading on the Web.