You may think the Grammy Award is all about D’Angelo and Taylor Swift and people you may never have heard about (or indeed care about), but wait there is more! Indeed the 83 different nomination categories are as wide as Best Album notes, Best Historical Album, Best Spoken Word Album, Best improvised Jazz Solo and Best Surround Sound Album.
Naxos Music Online who specialise in mostly Classical Music have made lists of recordings that have been nominated for Grammys and are available through Naxos Music Online – over 35 hours of recordings in a wide range of styles.
Oxford History of Western Music is considered a landmark study on western music by prominent musicologist Richard Taruskin. Now for the first time we can offer it online!
You can search and browse the complete text which includes all the notes, illustrations and musical examples of the original print edition. Additionally, Oxford History of Western Music Online features 1,700 links which take you directly to relevant entries in Oxford Music Online, one of the key musical reference resources (also available from the library, in the Source).
The Oxford History of Western Music starts with the invention of musical notation more than a thousand years ago, and sweeps across hundreds of years of musical invention and its interaction with culture, politics and art.
Christchurch City Libraries also have many other interactive online musical resources such as Naxos and Music Online in the Source. Have a look around and see what you can read and hear.
Another place to try is our Naxos Music Library, a free music streaming service. This contains a narrated History of Classical Music which is a really good place to start. You could then try listening to the chronological pieces under Playlists and follow up with the student tutorials under Study Area. By now you’ll be an expert.
There is a lot of rewarding music in the classical repertoire and it’s worth a little bit of effort to get to know it. So go on, give it a go.