Music Links of Interest
Sheet Music Available Online
Classical Music Listening Available Online
Naxos recording site including large portions of their discography in audio format for free listening, "on this day in classical music," etc.
There are a great many other places to find classical music in web broadcast. Start with your local NPR station. Here is a good place to start the hunt.
Eras in Music History
- timeline of music history
- Gregorian chant
- Bach's works by BWV number
- Bach FAQ, treated mostly in lay language
- Beethoven biography and selected works
- Chopin works
- International Chopin Competition results and
- Mozart biography, works, more
- Mozart's works by
- Clara Schumann information, works,
- MIDI files of works by native American composers: tanner William Billings; patriot Francis Hopkinson; Justin Morgan, for whom the Morgan horse is named; comb-manufacturer Daniel Read; singing teacher and publisher Stephen Jenks
- George and Ira Gershwin
information and works
- more Gershwin information, including
sound files, rare photos
- variety of composers, arranged by period; good concise information
- Washington University's (St. Louis) music library has a searchable index of composers, which lists birth and death dates. Although this site is a necrology, it's a good place to start if you're looking for a particular composer. Also noted is any journal in which a notice of death was placed; often these references are articles that give further information on the composer's life and works.
Music and Teaching Resources
- written and electronic music teaching resources
- piano teaching resources
- Music Teachers' Association of California
- Public Domain Information Project, a list of music and lyrics in the public domain, which is useful for arranging music or setting texts for student purposes. Composers and poets are also listed by name if their death dates clearly indicate that their output is now public domain. (I was relieved to find that Pindar [c. 500 BC] and Perotin [c. 1100 AD] are public domain!) Also a section on the meaning of public domain as it regards music, "international copyright," and other information about fair use. See also my files on music copyright, fair use, etc., as well as my list of copyright links .
- opera libretti, including a translation engine for those not in your language of choice. The linked engine does not translate some words, but usually the meaning of the word(s) may be gleaned from the context. This site also has composer biographies, plus "legal" classical MP3 and MIDI files for download.
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- Hubbard harpsichords I have a Flemish single and love it. I've played harpsichords by many makers (kits, finished kits, and finished instruments), and a Hubbard is my choice for a quality harpsichord, hands down. Hubbard also makes spinets, clavichords, and fortepianos.
- Zuckermann harpsichords builds virginals as well as harpsichords, spinets, clavichords, and fortepianos. I have their virginal, which is tuned to "old pitch" (A' = 415 cps). It's a gas! My male students especially like the virginal; maybe because it has such a burly, aggressive sound! String players, however, do not like old pitch! Drives 'em nuts! (It appears Zuckermann no longer makes this instrument, but you might be able to find one on the resale market.)
- harpsichord info, including MIDI files of various harpsichords and other harpsichord links
- discussion of temperaments, ditonic and syntonic commas, "the wolf," etc.
- discussion of high-end electronic keyboards and digital pianos
- piano resources, piano technician resources
- what different piano actions ("insides") look like; also a retail source for benches, lights, etc.
- acoustics of the piano, hammers in particular; also a cool graphic of someone playing (though that gliss seems pretty impossible to do...)
- specific information on piano prices, etc.
- MIDI sequences and other things MIDI
- MIDI information
- FAQ for
rec.music.makers.piano for information about buying digital pianos
- more information on buying pianos, as well as other instruments
- links and articles on harpsichord technique
- The British Harpsichord Society
- crummhorn [krummhorn] home page
- hurdy-gurdy home page
- Lute Society home page
- recorder home page
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