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Bethel Libraries

Music Resources : Streaming Audio

A guide to music resources at Bethel including scores, CDs, and streaming audio.

Streaming Audio at Bethel

Classical Music Library (Online)

Bethel subscribes to an online music streaming service called Classical Music Library, giving us access to over 14,000 recordings. It's coverage extends from ancient forms of music (like Gregorian Chant) to contemporary composers.

Access Classical Music Library using this link, or by going to the library home page and clicking on Music underneath the main search box.

From the page that opens, srcoll down to find the Search Now link for Classical Music Library.

Browsing Streaming Audio Databases

Browsing may be more effective than searching with keywords.  To browse, use the options on the right side of the database's home page, shown here:


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Choose the category you want to browse, and try typing your search term.   For a composer, start with the last name; the database should recommend the proper spelling for you.    An example is below:


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My desired choice is the second recommendation listed: Gustav Mahler.  Clicking on that will put the name in my search box, and then I'd click Search.


On the Search Results page, you can see the brief record for each of the recordings:


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Finally, click on Show All to access the streaming audio files for the piece you want to hear.


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Streaming Audio FAQs

What is streaming audio?

Streaming audio sources allow one to listen to music through their web browser. Streaming doesn't require the user to download large music files, but instead plays them directly from the Internet.


What are the software requirements?

Our streaming audio provider, Alexander Street Press, recommends the following:

  • The most current version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari (Mac) browsers
  • Adobe Flash Player 9 or higher (for streaming)

Can I save the audio files for ripping to a CD or uploading to an mp3 player?

No. Because the files never get saved to your computer, it will not be possible to save them to a mp3 player, CD, or portable storage. Some streaming audio services allow you to save "playlists" within the audio database so you can easily return to your selections at a later time.

Searching Streaming Audio Databases

 Here is an example of how to search using keywords in Classical Music Library.

If you know a particular album, song, composer, or performer you want, try searching in the box at the top right of the screen, shown here.


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Below is an image of what your results would look like.   Click the "Show more tracks" to see the full album's contents, and click the triangle "Play" buttons to stream the songs or full album.


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