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Library Audio Databases
Naxos Music Library This link opens in a new window
Our largest classical music database.
DRAM This link opens in a new window
Primarily American composers and artists, including lesser known works.
Jazz Music Library This link opens in a new window
Over 66,000 albums in all jazz styles.
Smithsonian Global Sound This link opens in a new window
Traditional and popular music from around the world.
More Online Music Resources
Tens of thousands of scores and recordings in the public domain.
Recordings, sheet music, and other educational materials, without copyright restrictions.
See our related guides for more online music resources:
Library Video Databases
Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall This link opens in a new window
Concerts, documentaries, and interviews in high definition. Create a free account on your first visit. Access limited to 1 user at a time.
Dance in Video This link opens in a new window
Hundreds of performances, interviews, documentaries, and instructional videos covering ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, improvisational, and more.
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive This link opens in a new window
Full-length videos from the Jacob's Pillow Dance festival. Includes interviews and performances by top dancers and companies in almost all dance styles.
Jacob's Pillow Dance Stream This link opens in a new window
Videos, interviews, and more from the Jacob's Pillow dance festival.
Find Scores and Recordings
In the Allen Library
- Open the library catalog.
- Search the title and composer's name.
- Limit to the format you desire.
- Find a result for the piece you need.
- Use the location and call number to find the item.
Image: Catalog search with the format limited to Printed Music, and search result showing location and call number.
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.
Searching for music can be tricky! If you can't find what you need, ask a librarian for help.
Browse the Shelves
Browsing is a great way to discover new music if you don't have a specific piece in mind!
In the Allen Library, the first letters of the call number indicate format:
The following numbers indicate genre. Combine the letters above with the numbers below to browse for violin recordings.
MD452 = String quartet CDs
MR452 = String quartet LPs
||Solo violin with piano
These are just a few of the many genres that include violin! Ask a librarian for help finding more.
Listening & Viewing Equipment
Come to the Allen Library! Our listening carrels and listening/viewing rooms can play:
- CDs, LPs, cassette tapes, reel-to-reel tapes
- DVDs, Blu-rays, VHS tapes
- Your devices via Bluetooth, VGA, HDMI, AUX cable, Apple TV
Equipment is generally first-come, first-served, but rooms may be reserved for certain uses. Contact us (860.768.4840) for more information.
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