Fine tune your musical knowledge with State Library’s music databases

Do you know your Bach from Beethoven? How about Donizetti from Puccini? Whether you do or you don’t, our music databases are here to help you. State Library’s online music collections are: Naxos Music Library, Music Online and Oxford Music Online. You can log in with your library membership or join online. Access is free for Queensland residents.

Oxford Music Online

Curious about a composer, a performer or a piece of music? Try Oxford Music Online. It is a collection of reference tools that will tell you all you need to know about musical history. Read up on opera singers like Queensland’s own, Gladys Moncrieff. Find biographical information about performers or composers and become a music expert with Oxford Music Online.

Portrait of Gladys Moncrieff

Gladys Moncrieff, John Oxley Library, Negative number 53949

Naxos Music Library

Naxos Music Library has over two million track recordings. It’s the Spotify of our music databases! Get music from different genres, from jazz to pop to classical and folk. You can search by artist, genre or composer and listen to playlists. For example, if you’re a fan of jazz legend, Miles Davies you can find a comprehensive discography of his recordings to listen to at your leisure. Why spend money on Spotify when you can get music for free with Naxos Music Library.

Music Online

Wondering if Pachelbel wrote anything besides Canon in D? Here’s where you can find out! Music Online has reference information as well as musical scores. If you’re looking for your next piece to perfect (perhaps in State Library’s Piano Practice Room) then Music Online can help you. Search the scores collection to find free musical scores for all your performance needs.

So whether you’re a virtuoso or a beginner State Library’s music databases have something for you. Satisfy your musical tastes with our online music collections.

Anne Reddacliff, Librarian

Information Services

MORE INFORMATION

Music collections – https://www.slq.qld.gov.au/research-collections/information-collections/music

Membership – https://www.slq.qld.gov.au/get-involved/become-member

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