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Music Research from Home using NYPL resources: Streaming Audio & Video

A guide for doing research in music while the NYPL branches are closed.


Naxos Music Library icon

Naxos Music Library includes streamed recordings of primarily classical music. Also includes world/folk music, Chinese orchestral, folk, and traditional music. Naxos Music Library offers the complete Naxos and Marco Polo catalogues, plus thousands of titles from other labels, including Chandos, BIS, Hungaroton, Hanssler, Bridge, First Edition, CPO, Coro, and Wergo.

Naxos is available from all branches of the NYPL AND from home and via mobile apps for both Android and iOS. Please check the NYPL website (linked above) for details. 


Using the mobile application

NAXOS is available to use via an app on your mobile device - both iOS and Android (download the app at the appropriate online 'store')

However, to use it you will need to create a user account when you are signed in to NAXOS via the web interface through the NYPL site. 

1- follow the link on the databases page for NAXOS 

2- Log in with your Library barcode

3- Click on "Playlists" on the left hand column

4- Click Sign up for an account (ignore the fact that it says 'student account' - it's mostly geared toward academic institutions) which takes you to this page 

5- Complete the form and click 'Register New Account' 

6- verify the account from the email that will be sent

7- open the app and log in with your new credentials

The NAXOS FAQ on setting up accounts is here

Streaming Arts - free resources during the COVID-19 closure


Philip Glass's Einstein on the Beach (tweeted out by Glass himself… so presumably a legal stream)

Metropolitan Opera
General Manager Peter Gelb announced today that in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the cancellation of performances, the Met will offer a nightly series of free web streams that will bring opera to audiences while the house is dark—beginning March 16 at 7:30PM ET.
Their announcement on Twitter is here

The Royal Opera   will be offering a free programme of curated online broadcasts, musical masterclasses and cultural insights that get under the skin of both ballet and opera and offer everyone a unique look behind the scenes at one of the world's most famous cultural institutions.

Vienna State Opera - info, with link from OperaWire

OperaWire has a comprehensive list here

Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall - they’re allowing free access worldwide for the next month… details at their site, including the code to get in for free

New York Classical Players

NYCP is the region's only professional orchestra sharing exclusively free performance. Comprised of creative and virtuosic young musicians, NYCP's adventurous programming shares familiar masterpieces, bold new commissions, and unexpected musical treasures.

New York Philharmonic SoundCloud concert archiveThe official Soundcloud page of the New York Philharmonic. Weekly concert broadcasts of The New York Philharmonic This Week are made available every Friday.

Philharmonie de Paris

Seattle Symphony…/beyondthestage/live-broadcasts


International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) - long time LPA collaborators

DigitICE is ICE's digital media library. Streaming performances of individual works from our live concerts, along with interviews and behind-the-scenes videos are available here for free. Most feature high definition video and high quality audio.


Roulette TV


Launched in 1999, Roulette TV has produced over 112 episodes – broadcast weekly on Manhattan and Brooklyn cable networks and distributed through Roulette’s website, and Vimeo channel. The Roulette TV archive includes many avant-garde luminaries from Roulette’s rich history, such as Pauline Oliveros, Jerome Cooper, Robert Ashley, Sun Ra, David Behrman. It also features many emerging artists as they grow their career and audience, including Ben Greenberg, Mary Halvorson, Darius Jones, Tyshawn Sorey, Cassie Tunick, Lesley Flanigan, and C. Spencer Yeh.


Tribeca New Music youtube channel



TDF (the non-profit organization behind TKTS) has a running list of organizations that have content available

Calmus Ensemble of Leipzig streamed a concert on Sunday, 15th from their rehearsal space… it was so successful that they plan to do more. Details will be available via their Facebook page

The Middle German Radio choir streamed a concert of works by Martinů, Britten, Janáček, and Kreek on March 13th. It's available at the  MDR Facebook Page

Steinway & Sons has made the content of their record label available as part of their Music at Home offerings that also includes video of Steinway artists performing and a mixed collection of other performances.


Broadway World Living Room Concerts


Neil Young Fireside Sessions online (announced, not yet live):

Pitchfork youtube channel

Red Bull youtube channel

Soundcheck on WNYC:

Live performances and conversations in which artists talk about their work, their process, and themselves. Genre-blind but open-eared. Hosted by John Schaefer.


WBGO Livestream listings

BachTrack - founded in January 2008 and is the largest site for live classical music. We list over 30,000 events each year in classical concerts, opera and dance and publish around 200 reviews every month from our team of around 150 reviewers based all around the world. We also interview leading singers and instrumentalists together with some of the stars of the future and preview festivals, competitions and new seasons.

Brooklyn Vegan

Blog that posts announcements to new live-streamed concerts and other arts news

Classical Music Communications has a growing list  here

Advance Searching in Naxos

NOTE: Naxos, while primarily classical music, does include lots of other musical genres - for example there are hundreds of full cast albums of Broadway shows! At least 15 by Sondheim, 18 by Richard Rodgers, 12 or so by Leonard Bernstein... they can be difficult to identify, so here are some instructions. 

You can type the title of an individual show in the Keyword search box at the top of the screen. If it is a unique enough title, you'll see right away if there is a cast recording of the entire show or you can use the advanced search function by clicking the button at the far right of the banner.


Naxos Banner Showing Keyword and Advanced Search Choices



A unique enough title, such as Sunday in the Park with George will work well

Naxos Keyword Search Entered

Keyword Search results


But if you are looking to see what shows there are by a specific composer or a less unique title, such as Parade by Jason Brown, you'll want to use the advanced search screen. 

Naxos Advanced Search Screen

Enter a composer's name in the box and choose the one that you're looking for if more than one pops up.


Fill in the other fields to limit your search

Naxos Advanced Search All boxes completed

And here are your results

Naxos Advanced Search Results