The Dutch Song Database is a scientific database with over 170 000 Dutch folk songs (including versions) from the middle ages until the 20th century.
You can search in this database online:
Dutch Song Database
The collection contains: love songs, historical songs, sailor's songs, spring songs, shepherd's songs, children's songs, street songs, mocking songs, sea beggars songs, saint nicholas songs, christmas songs, saint's songs, religious songs - and many more genres.
The used sources include: (historical) song books, medieval codices, historical magazines, collections of song sheets (music broadsides), handwritten song collections (19th century) and recordings of a research radio programme (20th century).
The collection of songs is complete from the middle ages to the year 1600 (based on the finding aid 'Repertorium of Dutch Songs' (printed in 2001). The sources of later centuries are comprehensive (and still growing), in collaboration with the Royal Library in The Hague.
The greater part of the songs are described (first line, first line refrain, songwriter, source, etc.) but have no complete songtext online. For a growing part, the songtexts are added with the help of the Royal Library (on DBNL, Digital Library Dutch Literature). Also music is added where possible.
All versions of a song are linked and also all tune indications are linked. It's also possible to search for identical verse forms to find possible contrafacta.
The database is part of a department of the Meertens Institute, a scientific reseach institute on Dutch language and culture in Amsterdam. The Meertens Institute is a part of the Royal Dutch Academy of Science.
This website has used the Dutch Song Database as a source to find reliable sources for folk songs (song books).
Also information about songwriter, composer or the minimal age of a song, could be traced thanks to the Dutch Song Database.
In those cases, a reference to the Dutch Song Database can be found right under the songtext on this site.