Europeana Sounds’ musical resources are gathered under Europeana Music Collections.

The breadth and richness of audio recordings made available through Europeana Sounds is especially evident in the music category which covers classical (or art) music including western classical and non-western classical music, traditional and folk music, and also popular music.


  • Western classical (art) music

This genre showcases European classical (art) music, including music from the early medieval period to the present, secular as well as liturgical music, modern and contemporary music, electronic art music, experimental and minimalist music. These recordings may include music that crosses traditional boundaries of categorization. This is particularly true of contemporary music, which might have attributes of several music genres. The range of western classical music includes in-depth examples from major European composers and performers with worldwide appeal, as well as works derived from this tradition regardless of their geographical origin.

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  • Classical (art) music from non-western cultures

These recorgings exemplify European scholarly endeavours in collecting and studying this music.

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  • Traditional/folk music

Rich collections from around the world will also be shared via Europeana Sounds, as well as pictures of musical instruments used in these recordings. For performers studying and practicing traditional/folk music, it is essential to listen to source material in the form of field recordings because traditional and folk musicians rely heavily on imitation and oral memory. The provision of recordings in this category supplies a rich and vital resource for musicians active in this area.

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  • Popular music

This genre refers to music that appeals to popular tastes, such as music hall, ballad songs, rock, pop, folk, punk, jazz, etc. We will make available material in this genre going back as far as the early 1900s.

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Free access to full-length audio recordings of music is provided via Europeana Sounds when a recording is free of licensing restrictions, so there will be a high proportion of recordings of older and established composers and performers, in which the copyrights have expired. Due to copyright, performing and recording rights issues, some music made accessible via Europeana Sounds will be provided as audio snippets.


Find below our latest blogposts about Music:

Touching the 20th century: Alban Berg in Europeana Music

March 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Although the Europeana Sounds project has now finished, we still want to tell you about what’s happening in the world of sound and music on Europeana. This blog, on the works of Alban Berg, was written by Zea Frane who worked on the Europeana Sounds project at the Austrian National Library. […]

Outcomes of three years of sounds and fun!

February 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Europe’s sound heritage at your fingertips […]

Europeana Music Collections – Call to curators for 2017!

February 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

During 2016 the Europeana Sounds project consortium curated the Europeana Music Collections. We’ve explored plenty of themes over the year including European composers, Mongolian folk music, the Vienna court opera and Antonio Salieri and now we’re ready to find some more for 2017. The curation has involved our project partners highlighting the sheer breadth of audio heritage which is available in Europeana Music and highlighting musical gems which may have otherwise been hidden to the untrained searcher. […]

December 24 – “A novena”: a lyric that tells a story

December 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Today we offer you a beautiful song of the collection of the Istituto Centrale per i beni Sonori Audiovisivi (ICBSA). […]

December 23 – Traditional Christmas Carols from Greece

December 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Greek Christmas Carols are sung on Christmas Eve, the 24th of December, according to tradition. Groups of small children go out in the streets, from household to household, singing carols accompanied by a small “trigono” – triangular metallic music instrument that makes a distinctive sound – and receiving money and sweets as rewards. […]

December 22 – A Grammophon record commemorating Wilhelm II’s Silver Jubilee

December 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

When his father, Kaiser Friedrich III, died, after a very short reign, in June 1888, Wilhelm II, the eldest of Queen Victoria’s grandsons, ascended the German throne. 25 years later, many ceremonies marked his Silver Jubilee. One of the rarest and least known artifacts of that time is a Grammophon record, from the French National Library’s collection. […]

December 19 – A letter to Santa

December 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Dear Santa, This year we have been working hard, thinking good thoughts and now are looking forward to the coming Christmas! Here, the snow has fallen and melted, several times already – has it been the same where you live? […]

December 14 – High above from the top of the green tree.

December 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Many Danish Christmas carols are far from being churchly; they just tell stories of Danish Christmas traditions. “Højt fra træets grønne top” (= High above from the top of the green tree) is in the repertoire of almost every Christmas Eve celebration. […]

December 12 – The Europeana Sounds #Shareday – bringing our collections to our audiences

December 12th, 2016|0 Comments

On the 23rd of November, the Europeana Sounds project organised its very first #Shareday. A day where all the sound archives active in the project were invited to share their collection on other platforms such as SoundCloud and Wikimedia Commons. It turned out to be a very effective, useful, and most of all fun day. […]

December 9 – The record in the stars

December 9th, 2016|0 Comments

This is the most far away record, out of the solar system: 15 billion kilometers from Earth! The Golden Record is included aboard both Voyager spacecrafts launched in 1977. […]