Naxos Music Library Database

Guide on searching classical music

About Naxos Music Library

  • Naxos is a major producer of classical music recordings.
  • The online service offers the complete Naxos recordings and Marco Polo catalogues. It also includes thousands of titles from other recording labels, i.e - Chandos, BIS, Hungaroton, Hanssler, Bridge, First Edition, CPO, Coro, and Wergo.
  • Over hundreds of new albums are added annually.
  • Most recordings display the original CD covers and include complete track lists.
  • Supporting textual materials include a glossary, pronunciation guide, opera synopses and libretti, music fundamental terms, repertoire, and histories.

Who will benefit from using Naxos?

  • Music students
  • Music professionals
  • Classical music enthusiasts


  • Artist and composer biographies
  • Work instrumentation, information, and analyses
  • Opera synopses and libretti
  • Music fundamental terms
  • Comprehensive liner notes
  • Composer portraits
  • Educational text

Ways to search Naxos Music Library

There are a number of ways to search the catalogue:

  • Browse a list of composers or categories
  • Keyword search by composer, work title, genre, country, period, or year of composition
  • Advanced search that includes instrument, music category, performer, or a combination of terms

Search by people's names

You can search the catalogue by using the People tab on the right to find composers or artist names
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Art song composer names:

Italian : Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Tosti, Donaudy

German : Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Reichardt, Zelter, Zumsteeg, Loewe, Schubert, Mendelssoh, Schumann, Schubert, Brahms, Wolf, Mahler, Berg, Webern, Schoenberg, Liszt, Wagner, Strauss

French : Berlioz, Bizet, Duparc, Chabrier, Chausson, Fauré, Debussy, Satie, Hahn, Ravel, Milhaud, Poulenc

British : Vaughan Williams, Quilter, Gurney, Ireland, Butterworth, Warlock, Britten

American : Foster, Beach, Ives, Duke, Copland, Barber, Bolcom, Heggie, Rorem, Argento, Larsen, Laitman

Spanish : Granados, De Falla, Obradors

Latin-American : Ponce, Guastavino, Villa-Lobos

Russian : Glinka, Musorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov

Search by Category

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Search with confidence

The below video will guide you on how to utilize the Keyword search and Advanced search features on Naxos Music Library.
How to search Vocal Music in Naxos Music Library

Other Features

Resources tab

  • Dictionary
  • The Story of Classical Music

  • The History of Classical Music
  • The History of Opera
  • Opera synopses and libretti

  • Music Fundamental Terms
  • Graded Music Exam Playlists
  • Glossary

What are the shortcomings?

  • Requires a paid subscription
  • Does not include some of the major labels - EMI Classics & Eroica Classical Recordings
  • Some sites are not yet fully developed (musicology)
  • Music cannot be downloaded but it can be purchased through other venues such as Apple music


  • Bookmark the Naxos URL- Stanford Naxos Music library
  • Naxos times out after 60 minutes- Make sure to click at the end of the period to stay logged on, otherwise you will have to restart the connection.