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Black Classical Music and Musicians: Recordings

Streaming Audio & Video

Library Databases

All of our streaming databases include music composed and performed by Black artists. Search for particular names or titles, or for keywords that may be part of an album title, e.g. Black, African American, etc.

Not sure what names/titles to search? See the Repertoire page to discover new music.

Open Web Resources


Hardcopy Recordings

Anthologies in the Allen Library (selections)

We have many more recordings from Black composers and performers! Use the repertoire guides and websites elsewhere in this guide to identify other composers and work titles, then search the library catalog for those specific works. See catalog search tips below, or ask a librarian for help.

Find CDs & LPs in the Library

The best way to find recordings in the catalog is to search for a specific composer, performer, or piece.
Don't know what to search? See the Repertoire page.

Another option: search for anthologies with keywords like Black or African American.
Use the drop-down menu to limit your search to Sound recordings.

Screenshot of catalog search box with Sound recordings selected and 'african american' typed in search box

Here are just a couple examples to get started (click to see search results):
African American
Black composers

Suggest a Resource

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