Research Databases · Music

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American Song
Songs "from American's past," including tracks by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Search by artist, album, genre, instrument, or historical event.
Classical Music Library
This collection of classical music recordings includes music written from the earliest times (e.g. Gregorian Chant) to the present, including many contemporary composers. Genres include choral works, symphonies, operas, contemporary, chamber, instrumentals, etc. Download and purchase tracks (home users only) and create and share playlists.
Contemporary World Music
Music "of all regions from every continent," including reggae, worldbeat, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, sacred, bossa nova, celtic, etc.
Jazz Music Library
Thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres.
Music Online
Search five (American Song, Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, Jazz Music Library, and Smithsonian Global Sound) music databases simultaneously.
Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries
This encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions includes tracks of music, spoken word, and natural and human-made sounds. Browse by country, genre, cultural group, language, instrument, etc.
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