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Classical Music Resources

Classical Music Resources
November 19, 2009, 09:32:16 AM
In the interest of combating the misinformation that's frequently, and I assume unknowingly, handed out here by users, including admins, to other posters concerning classical music, I offer the following resources for your education.


There are most likely numerous places in your community that have access to classical music recordings and performances, as well as providing educational materials. Start here:

- Public Libraries
- Conservatories / Universities
- Private teachers
- Professional ensembles
- Public concert halls, often affiliated with one of the above

Many of these places do not charge money for their services.




Generally poor sound quality, but contains many highly quality performances from the world's leading artists, as well as educational materials.
Met Opera
The Metropolitan opera offers free audio streaming. Includes option to pay for high quality audio AND video streaming.


IMSLP / Petrucci Music Library
Free sheet music. Unless you're looking for fairly modern music, you should be able to find it here.
Juilliard Manuscript Collection
Digitized collection of manuscript scores from many notable composers.
Brahms Institut
Complete first editions of the music of Brahms.


eMusic Theory
Good introduction to counterpoint.
Articles on fugue by grad students at McMaster


Bach's WTC analyzed in real time
You'll need shockwave.
Andras Schiff lectures on the complete Beethoven piano sonatas
For the uninitiated, a resource nearly as valuable as the above WTC analysis.

(not free)

Berlin Philarmonic
The Berlin Philharmonic offers subscriptions to their concerts over the internet.

Naxos Music Library
Massive online database of most everything Naxos and its allies (many small independent labels) release. Performance quality is inconsistent.

Database of Recorded American Music. Material is diverse, from Sessions to Bernstein.

BOOKS (links to Amazon)


Principles of Orchestration, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Instrumentation and Orchestration, Alfred Blatter
The Technique of Orchestration, Kent Kennan and Donald Grantham
The Study of Orchestration, Samuel Adler
Orchestration, Walter Piston

Harmony / General Theory:

Harmony, Walter Piston
Harmonic Practice, Roger Sessions
Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory, Joseph Straus
Theory of Harmony, Arnold Schoenberg
The Complete Musician, Stephen G. Laitz
Harmony and Voice Leading, Edward Aldwell and Carl Schachter

Sight Singing / Solfege / Ear Training:

Music for Sight Singing, Robert Ottman
Studying Rhythm, Anne C. Hall
Solfege de Solfèges, Book 1, Dannhäuser
Elementary Training for Musicians, Paul Hindemith
Sight Singing: Pitch, Interval, Rhythm, Samuel Adler


Counterpoint, Walter Piston
Gradus ad Parnassum. Johann Joseph Fux
Counterpoint in Composition, Felix Salzer and Carl Schachter
A Practical Approach to Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint, Robert Gauldin
Counterpoint, Kent Kennan
Counterpoint: The Polyphonic Vocal Style of the Sixteenth-Century, Knut Jeppesen


Structural Hearing: Tonal Coherence in Music, Felix Salzer
Sonata Forms, Charles Rosen
The Study of Fugue, Alfred Mann
Sonic Design: The Nature and Sound of Music, Robert Cogan and Pozzi Escot
The Langloz Manuscript: Fugal Improvisation through Figured Bass, William Renwick
Analyzing Fugue: A Schenkerian Approach, William Renwick

Re: Classical Music Resources
November 20, 2009, 12:07:35 AM
There are plenty of how-to guides on basic guitar playing, and plenty of charts and tabs meant to teach beginners how to play the C Major scale. We've all been through that. But recently, have searched the net for resources on composing music; articles and instructionals on the finer points of harmony, chord progression, counterpoint, song structure, and so on. However, despite the supposedly bottomless resource pool that the internet offers, information of this kind is relatively scarce.I figured this thread would be the best place for this kind of material.

What I've found so far:

-Resource for people with basic musical abilities who want to expand their knowledge of theory, composition, etc. Perfect for metalheads trying to broaden their horizons. It has a wiki which contains information on classical terminology and musical forms.

Contains some basic information as well as some more intricate (but easily comprehensible!) explanations of melody, harmony, themes, and ideas.

Apparently a study guide for a music course at some college or the other.

Re: Classical Music Resources
June 14, 2010, 05:13:54 PM

Would not recommend the forums on this site. Much delusion there. Time wasted.

Here's something new I found for those that would like to know about or experiment with tuning systems and the computations involved in determining them. Helpful for understanding older music, Bach etc.


Free classical music downloads
September 12, 2010, 08:25:13 AM
MusOpen releases copyright-free classics

Musopen is a non-profit library of copyright free music. This project will use your donations to purchase and release music to the public domain. Right now, if you were to buy a CD of Beethoven's 9th symphony, you would not be legally allowed to do anything but listen to it. You wouldn't be able to share it, upload it, or use it as a soundtrack to your indie film- yet Beethoven has been dead for 183 years and his music is no longer copyrighted. There is a lifetime of music out there, legally in the public domain, but it has yet to be recorded and released to the public.

We want your help to hire an internationally renowned orchestra to record and release the rights to: the Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius, and Tchaikovsky symphonies. We have price quotes from several orchestras and are ready to hire one, pending the funds.


Don't forget another source of free classical:



Columbia University also provides free classical:


Re: Free classical music downloads
October 24, 2010, 08:15:49 AM
do you know any site where i can download free classical christmas songs?

Re: Free classical music downloads
October 24, 2010, 09:52:19 AM
Please also consider posting all such resources in the "Classical Music Resources" thread here:


So that we can have one place for all this information, and eventually sticky it.

Re: Free classical music downloads
October 27, 2010, 05:50:36 AM
Please also consider posting all such resources in the "Classical Music Resources" thread here:


So that we can have one place for all this information, and eventually sticky it.

Initial topic needs cleanup/use of markup -- it's a bit of a mess for people to read. Can you do this?

Re: Free classical music downloads
October 27, 2010, 01:41:30 PM

Initial topic needs cleanup/use of markup -- it's a bit of a mess for people to read. Can you do this?

Yes. How would you recommend improving the layout/markup?

Re: Classical Music Resources
May 09, 2011, 09:27:34 AM

Bach's WTC analyzed in real time. You'll need shockwave.

This is absolutely phenomenal.  To every composer on this forum: go through this webpage.  It's definitely worth it.