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Music: Black Composers


Library Databases

African American Music Reference
Includes online biographies, background information, liner notes, and sheet music. You can browse by genre. African American Music: A Chronology 1619-1995 

African American Studies Center
Good for background information on specific musicians and genres.

American Music
Streaming audio database. They have a list of genres on their home page than can help get you started.

Classical Scores Library
PDF scores available for public domain and contemporary works.

Streaming database of recorded American music. There are about nine albums with music by African-American composers. Enter the search terms African American in the search box.

The nation's largest African American video oral history collection. 

Naxos Music Library
Streaming recordings for genres such as Classical, Jazz, Blues, Nostalgia, World, Contemporary Instrumental, Chinese, Pop and Rock, Gospel, Spoken Word, and Relaxation. iPhone and Android apps available.

Naxos Jazz
Streaming music from the artists and collections of Fantasy Records