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Welcome! Use this guide to find online sources for audio recordings and discographies.

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Note: Not all resources can be found through the catalogue. Consult the resources on this and other guides to access additional sources.

Online audio

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Online Audio 

  • Naxos Music Library (NML3)

    Access the older Naxos interface (Click "Remain on the old version")

    • Streaming audio library (classical music)
    • Access to more than 2 million tracks of standard and rare repertoire from a wide range of labels
    • Liner notes for selected recordings
    • Includes additional resources such as opera synopses and libretti, glossaries of musical terms, aural training exercises, and work details and analyses
     

    Naxos Music Library App: Available for Apple or Android mobile devices. You must create a personal account prior to using the app.

    Creating Naxos Music Library playlistsVideo tutorial. Instructors can use the McGill Playlist creation guide for creating course-specific Naxos playlists. Please contact the Music Library staff for login credentials. Further information can be found on the Naxos website.

    Troubleshooting: Note that clearing your browser cache often resolves issues related to playing selections on Naxos. 

  • Naxos Music Library Jazz (NML3 - Jazz)

    Access the older Naxos Jazz interface (Click "Remain on the old version")

    • Streaming audio library (jazz music)
    • Access to more than 200,000 tracks of jazz music
    • Includes notes on the works and biographical information on composers and artists
    • Note: This database has a limited number of simultaneous users. If you have trouble accessing or receive an error message, please try again later.
  • Creating Naxos Music Library Jazz playlists: Video tutorial. Instructors can use the McGill Playlist creation guide for creating course-specific Naxos playlists. Please contact the Music Library staff for login credentials. Further information can be found on the Naxos websiteClearing your browser cache often resolves issues related to playing selections on Naxos.

    Naxos Music Library Jazz App: Available for Apple or Android mobile devices. You must create a personal account prior to using the app.

    Troubleshooting: Note that clearing your browser cache often resolves issues related to playing selections on Naxos. 

  • Music Online: Classical Music Library (Alexander Street Press)

    • Stream classical music sound recordings
    • Coverage includes music written from the medieval period to the present day. Repertoire ranges from vocal and choral music, to chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental, and opera.
    • Video tutorial: Creating personal playlists (applies to audio and video recordings available through Music Online)
  • Freegal

    • Access sound recordings from wide variety of genres
    • Coverage: more than 50 labels in Sony Music Entertainment catalogue
    • McGill users eligible to download up to 5 tracks/week
    • Tracks in mp3 format and can be transferred to computer or mobile device
  • DRAM: Database of Recorded American Music

    • Stream sound recordings from independent labels and sound archives (e.g. New World Records, Composers Recordings (CRI), Albany Records)
    • Primarily American music
    • Encompasses avant-garde, contemporary, electronic, folk, opera, indigenous, jazz, musical theatre, and more
    • Access original liner notes and essays
  • The Virtual Gramophone

    The Virtual Gramophone database contains information and images for more than 15,000 78-rpm and cylinder recordings released in Canada, as well as foreign recordings featuring Canadian artists and/or compositions. Selected recordings in the Library and Archives Canada collection of 78s, chosen for their Canadian content, were digitally reproduced for this site.

  • OverDrive

    eBooks, Audiobooks, Streaming Video

 

Discographies

Discographies

  • Mainspring Press Free Online Reference Library
    • Downloadable discographies and other resources for collectors of historic sound recordings.
    • Includes discographies by John Bolig, Dick Spottswood, Allan Sutton, William R. Bryant, George Blacker, Brian Rust, The Record Research Associates, & others.
    • The discographies are for personal, non-commercial use only.
    • Includes the complete 6th edition of Brian Rust’s Jazz and Ragtime Records (1897 – 1942)
  • The Jazz Discography Online (TJD Online)

    VPN connection required off-campus. 

    The Jazz Discography Online is a source of information about jazz records and jazz recording sessions. Sessions are listed by bandleader name and presented in chronological order. Details include tune titles as well as the names of all supporting musicians and the instrument(s) they played. The date, matrix and record company release numbers of each recording are also included. The Jazz Discography Online encompasses all genres of jazz and contains information about 400,000+ recordings released between 1896 and today.

Location and contacts

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Music Library Staff
Contact:
Elizabeth Wirth Music Building
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Montreal, Quebec H3A 1E3
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Librarian

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Cathy Martin
Contact:
527 Sherbrooke St. W, A-317, Montreal, QC, H3A 1E3
514-398-5874
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Resource key

  • McGill users only
  • Open access resource
  • Free resource
  • In-library use
  • Catalogue record

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