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Acting 5 Theatre 570: Scene Work in Pre-Modern Texts: Exploring Music

Finding what an actor might need to prepare to perform

Historical context of music

The Library subscribes to a variety of resources that can help you learn about music like dictionaries, encyclopedias, sources of music to listen to, etc.

Library Databases

Oxford Music Online -  Oxford Music Online is the online gateway for access to the Oxford Dictionary of Music, Grove Music Online and the Oxford Companion to Music.

Classical Music Library - Over 1,000,000 tracks of classical music. Browsing by genre and time period is encouraged right from the front page.

Naxos Music Library - Nearly 2,000,000 tracks of largely classical music with an educational section that has a glossary and way to browse by genre. Please note that we only have 10 simultaneous users, so when you are done listening, please click the red and yellow 'logout' button.


Magnatune - a streaming service that lets you listen as much as you like for free. The site includes a diverse collection of musical styles. Their classical music is focused on "historically informed" performances by groups that specialize in playing instruments like those that the composers would have heard. You can buy the music directly from them, and if you join you can download everything.

Printed Music - learning to connect it to the play

Sometimes seeing the music that was played during the plays helps to give context. Library archives from all over the world are digitizing the manuscripts in their collections.

Jean Baptiste Lully - The University of North Texas. In his service to Louis XIV, Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687) played a significant role in the development of French opera.

Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at the Juilliard School of Music

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