Alexander Music Online, a World of FREE Music

Alexander Music

Music Online is the LexisNexis of music, and it may make the use of many traditional library resources unnecessary.”—Booklist

Alexander Music Online, available from our Music databases page, gives you streaming access to one of the largest, most diverse catalog of online music content in the world currently including:

Classical Music Over 120,000 classical music recordings from EMI, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Hyperion, Artemis- Vanguard, Sanctuary Classics, Vox covering all major genres and time periods from medieval to contemporary, from choral works to symphonies, operas and the avant-garde.

Jazz 130,000 tracks make this the most comprehensive collection of jazz available online. Includes the most renowned jazz artists, performances , record labels of vocal jazz, bebop, acid jazz, big band music, modern jazz, and and record labels such as Verve, GR , Impulse!

Popular Music contains a wide range of popular music from around the world, including hundreds of thousands of tracks from major genres in pop music, including alternative, country, Christian, electronic, hip-hop, metal, punk, new age, R&B, reggae, rock, soundtracks and many more.

World Music covers music from almost 170 countries and over 1,000 cultural groups. In addition to an extensive folk music collection, World Music features content from a host of genres – reggae, hip-hop, rap, electronic, spoken word, and opera to name a few.

American Music a suite of online audio recordings including country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, Western, old time, American Indian, blues, gospel, R&B and shape note singing.

Beside these core genres  you will find hundreds more from alternative rock to zydeco.

Alexander Music Online can be accessed both from home and in the library. So get streaming today and discover a whole new world of FREE music with Wellington City Libraries.

Library Music Database Expo: 12-16 November

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Wellington City Libraries has many music databases available where you can access a multitude of useful information for research or personal use, as well as stream and listen to a variety of music & videos. Over the forthcoming week (November 12th-16th) we will highlight some of these databases with a small expo during the lunch hour at the Central Library. Pop in and see us if you want to learn a bit more about how to access lots of great music for free!

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Alexander Music Online offers hundreds of thousands of audio recordings, growing monthly, with a wide variety of music available via these databases:

  • American Song
  • Classical Music Library
  • Contemporary World Music
  • Jazz Music Library
  • Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries

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Naxos Music Library is the most comprehensive collection of classical music available online offering over 1,254,000 tracks of classical music, jazz, world, folk and Chinese music. It includes the complete BIS, Chandos, Hänssler, Hungaroton, Marco Polo, Naxos, Ondine and selected titles of other leading independent labels, with over 1,000 albums added monthly.

Naxos Music Library is an entertaining, educational resource, which offers the best selection of studied music on the web. Through a sophisticated online search engine, you can select music by composer, artist, period, year of composition, instrument or genre. Playlists are easily created for hours of continuous enjoyment either via your desktop or on your smartphone. You’ll also find that composer biographies, CD liner notes, and work analyses are just a few of the text resources available while streaming music from the NML. Naxos’s new releases (around 200 CDs annually) are continually added, ensuring an impressive selection in both quality and musical breadth.

  • Enjoy access to over 1.2 million tracks everywhere
  • Search & stream the complete NML catalogue (That’s over 7+ years of continuous music)
  • Not sure what to listen to? Enjoy the Naxos-created guided listening playlists!
  • NML on your Android & iOS devices
  • Unlimited mobile listening. No limits on the amount of music to enjoy!

For more information on these music databases, and other selected resources, see our Music page.