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Naxos Video Library

Naxos Video Library is an extensive streaming video library of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries. Watch the world's greatest opera houses, ballet companies, orchestras and artists perform on demand! All you need to do is logon with your WCL library card.

Naxos Video Library can not currently be accessed from the public computers in the library - logon from home or ask a staff member for help. As there are a limited number of sessions available at any one time, please log out when you have finished listening.

Naxos Video Library

Alexander Music Online

Get streaming access to around one million recordings of classical, jazz, world and American music. This online resource includes:

  • American Song: Music from America's past right up to recent additions including Motown, Jimi Hendrix, Mamas and the Papas and other artists from the rock era.
  • Smithsonian Global Sound: Music and spoken word from Smithsonian Folkways and other legendary music labels, including Fast Folk, Paredon, Cook, Dyer-Bennet and Monitor Records.
  • Classical Music Library: Over 120,000 classical music recordings from EMI, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Hyperion, Artemis- Vanguard, Sanctuary Classics, Vox and many more.
  • Jazz: 130,000 tracks make this the most comprehensive collection of jazz available online. Includes the most renowned jazz artists, performances and record labels: Verve, GR , Impulse! and more.

Alexander Music Online can be accessed both from home and in the library, however as there are a limited number of sessions available at any one time, please close your browser or the relevant browser tab when you have finished listening.

Alexander Music Online

Naxos Music Library

Listen to streaming audio of more than 276,000 tracks from over 19,000 CDs, with 500 CDs added monthly. Includes almost all the standard classical repertoire, as well as other genres such as jazz, blues, nostalgia, new age, world music, some pop and rock, and music and information aimed at children.

It includes the complete catalogues of Naxos, BIS, Chandos and others, plus selected titles from other independent labels such as V2 (At The Drive-In, Datsuns, Stereophonics), and New Zealand labels Atoll, Rattle, and White Cloud. Contains liner notes plus opera synopses and libretti, composer and artist biographies, and other useful information.

Naxos Music Library can not currently be accessed from the public computers in the library - logon from home or ask a staff member for help. As there are a limited number of sessions available at any one time, please log out when you have finished listening.

Naxos Music Library

Naxos Jazz Library

Listen to streaming audio of classic jazz sourced from the OJC series, including iconic works by Chet Baker, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane in full album content. Also includes classic Soul & Blues from the Stax/Fantasy vaults, from Isaac Hayes to Albert King. Thousands of albums to choose from.

Naxos Music Library can not currently be accessed from the public computers in the library - logon from home or ask a staff member for help. As there are a limited number of sessions available at any one time, please log out when you have finished listening.

Naxos Jazz Library

Oxford Music Online

This database is the leading online resource for music research and features more than 50,000 articles on musicians, composers, musicologists, instruments, genres, terms and much more. Information is supplemented by links to related websites, illustrations and sound enhanced music examples (music examples can not currently be accessed from the public computers in the Library).

Oxford Music Online is a combination of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed., (2001, 29 vols), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, (1992), and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd ed., (2002) along with The Oxford Companion to Music (2002) and The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 2nd ed., Revised (2006). Other Grove titles and resources will be added over time.

Oxford Music Online

Lynda.com

Lynda.com is an online tutorial service providing access to over 3,500 instructional videos on computer software, business and creative skills - including music composition and recording techniques. The courses are delivered by tutors who are both experts in their field and know how to teach. Added features, allow for searching across courses, curated playlists and individual access enabling course progress to be saved. Lynda.com can be accessed both within the library, or from outside.

Apps are also available for iOS and Android

Gale Biography In Context

This comprehensive database contains biographical information on more than 185,000 people including artists and musicians from throughout history, around the world, and across all subject areas. It combines award-winning biographies from respected Gale Group sources and also includes full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals. You can search for people based on one or more personal facts such as birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender, or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search.

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Music on MasterFILE Complete

There are a number of full text music magazines available through this Ebsco database, including those listed below.

Clicking on the links above will take you directly to the holdings of each magazine. If you have not accessed the Ebsco site in the last 30 days you will need to validate your library card access first, and then the links above will work for you.

MasterFILE Complete


Other useful sites and resources

These are sites that don't require a login (freely available online sites), that you may also find useful:

All Music Guide

This excellent resource provides searching ability for artists, albums, songs, styles and labels. Extensive biographical details for artists are included, as are reviews of albums. A handy feature is the ability to find similar or related albums.

All Music Guide

Wellington Music Project

a tribute to the decades of music that have contributed to Wellington's sound, a browsable portal to our physical CD collection, as well as a hub for all the bands & musicians releasing their music in a digital format.

Wellington Music Project

Wellington City Libraries' Classical Music page

Keep up with the latest classical music books, CDs and DVDs in our collections as well as links to musical events around Wellington and other happenings in the Arts.

Library Guide - Classical Music

Wellington City Libraries' Popular Music page

Keep up with the latest news as well as new music in our collections.

Library Guide - Popular Music