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Black Classical Music and Musicians: Repertoire

This page provides resources for discovering repertoire by Black composers.

Jump to: Find a Specific Work/Composer | Discover More Music

Find a Specific Work/Composer

Find Scores and Recordings


Can't visit the library? Use our guides to Music Scores Online or Streaming Audio & Video to find online score & recording sites, then search for the piece you need.

In the Allen Library

sample catalog search for 'tropic winter nathaniel dett' limited to Printed Music (All); results show catalog record with library location and call number

  1. Open the library catalog.
  2. Search the title and composer's name.
  3. Limit the format to Printed Music, Sound Recordings, or Videos
    (depending on what you need).
  4. Find a catalog record for the piece you need.
  5. Use the location and call number to find it on the shelf.

Image: Catalog search with the format limited to Printed Music, and search result showing location and call number.


From another library

worldcat search example limited to Musical Scores, result showing ILL linkIf we don't own a copy, you can often get a copy from another library through Interlibrary Loan:

  1. Open WorldCat.
  2. Search the title and composer's name.
  3. Limit the format to Musical Scores, Sound Recordings, or Visual Materials (depending on what you need).
  4. Find a record for the piece you need.
  5. Click the title to open the full record.
  6. Click the link to ILL this with ILLiad@H.
  7. Log into ILLiad or create a new account.
  8. Wait for the form to auto-fill, then click Submit at the bottom of the page.

Image: WorldCat search with format limited to Musical Scores, and resulting record with ILL link.

Get help

Searching for music can be tricky! If you can't find what you need, ask a librarian for help.

Discover More Music

Music in the library catalog (and similar tools) is not identified by composers' demographic information.
The most reliable method is to search for the name of a composer and/or work title.
The resources below can help you identify names and titles.
Use one to find a composer and/or work, then use the above method to locate a score or recording.


Anthologies in the Allen Library (selections)

Anthology: A collection of musical works by different composers, published together.

We have much more music from Black composers in the library! Use the repertoire guides and websites elsewhere on this page to identify other composers and work titles, then search the library catalog for those specific works. See catalog search tips above, or ask a librarian for help.

Repertoire Guides in the Allen Library (selections)

Repertoire Guide: A list of music for a specific topic, instrument, or group. Often describes style, difficulty, or musical features.

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