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A Violinist's Guide to the Music Library: Recordings

Finding Recordings of Violin Music

The music library has many recordings of music for violin alone or in combination with other instruments. 

Click here to browse a list of CDs and online recordings.

Click here to browse an LP list. 

Movie Night? Check out Itzhak Perlman performing Prokofiev, Elgar and Saint-Saens, or Heifetz, Rubinstein, and Piatigorsky performing some great concertos.  

Finding a Particular Piece

You can also use the catalog to find a recording of a particular piece. Suppose you are looking for a recording of the Cesar Franck Violin Sonata in A Major. Go to the Libraries' home page at Under Resources, click Libraries' Catalog; then click on Advanced Search. Because this sonata does not have an opus number, we will search by the subject heading "sonatas-violin"  In the first box, type "franck, cesar," and choose "as a phrase" and "Author" from the right-hand drop-down box. In the second box, type "sonatas violin" and select "as a phrase". In the third box, type "compact" if you want a compact disc or online recording. Click Search, and you will see listings for eight recordings, some CDs and several recordings available online in either Classical Music Library or Naxos Music Library.  If you want to see all the recordings the library has of this piece, including LPs, omit the word "compact" and select "Musical Recording" from the drop-down menu for "Type."  

Listen to Music Online

To find a wide variety of music, log into one of the library's streaming audio databases:

If you are off campus, log in with your MyBama user name and password. If you know the composer and title of the piece you want to listen to you can type in the composer's last name and the title of the piece. In many cases you will find that there are several recordings of a particular piece.