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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 this search tool (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)

    • 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)

    • 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.

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

      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 website

      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 per 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

    • Database containing 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

    • Provides access to eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming video

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)

    • Source of information about jazz records and jazz recording sessions
    • Encompasses all genres of jazz and contains information about 400,000+ recordings released between 1896 and today
    • 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

Location and contacts

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Music Library Staff
Contact:
Elizabeth Wirth Music Building
3rd floor - 527 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1E3
514-398-4692
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Subjects: Music

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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