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Looking for sheet music to perform? Recordings to listen to? Books and articles about music or a related topic? This libguide will help!

UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive

Looking for

"...Recordings made from the late 1800s to early 1900s, including popular songs, vaudeville acts, classical and operatic music, comedic monologues, ethnic and foreign recordings, speeches and readings" ????

Try the UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive:

Did You Know? Sound recordings made prior to January 1, 1923, entered the public domain on January 1, 2022, the first recordings to enter the public domain in the United States.

I want to listen to streaming music

You'll find a variety of music and videos on music topics (including performances of, e.g., full operas) in the database Alexander Street Press: Music & Performing Arts.  that's available in our Databases A-Z. Just click on that link. When you access that from off-campus, you'll enter your Net ID and password when it asks for that.

I want to listen to a CD (compact disc)

Find CD's (both music and spoken word) by searching using the Books tab in the search box in the middle of the Library website home page. Search on a composer name or a music group or solo artist or even a style of music and the phrase compact disc. For example, to find the CD's with Wayne Shorter, you can enter: Wayne Shorter compact disc then click search. To narrow that down to CD's, use the filters on the left side of the screen. I recommend clicking on "Available in Library." That will show you a list of items that includes CD's (and LP's if we have them).

As always, contact me if you encounter technical difficulties or just want to consult about locating the music you want to hear. My contact information is in the box on the right. Thanks! -Tom