Music Research: Sound Recordings


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Streaming Audio

To access these resources from off campus, simply log in using your CMU Global ID and password. 

For more information on using downloading apps, creating playlists, or permalinks, see the Streaming Audio Guide.

Open Access Streaming Audio

Do you prefer physical recordings?

Want physical recordings only?

If you prefer a physical copy of a recording rather than streaming audio, after performing your search simply limit Material Type to "Audio/Video/Image" and  Availability to "Available on Shelf"  on the right of your search results. Physical recordings are held in the Music Resource Center, located in the Music Building.

Tips for successful searching

  • Use the author field for a composer or performer search (Last name, First name).
  • For a specific work, search a combination of composer + work title in the keyword search box.
  • Include work numbers for works that have a generic title (e.g. symphony, concerto, sonata, etc.).
  • Musical works are generally listed in the original language of the composer. For example, Mozart’s Magic Flute is listed under Die Zauberflöte and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, or Le Sacre du Printemps, is listed under the transliterated Russian title Vesna sviashchennaia. In order to return a full list of available sound recordings for a work, search by uniform title. This will also retrieve those that use variant titles.
  • Examine the full library record of a recording, including the contents.
  • Call numbers for sound recordings at CMU are in order of acquisition; therefore, browsing by call number in the online catalog will not produce useful results.

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