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Beethoven: A Guide to Primary and Secondary Resources at the Library of Congress

Sound Recordings

Some recordings of Beethoven's works have been digitized and made available to listen and download on the Library's website. The sections on this page provide several different examples as well some print resources to locate additional recordings.

National Jukebox Recordings

Many of these historical sound recordings of Beethoven's music are performances and arrangements (often for band or wind ensemble) from the early 20th century and are made available through the National Jukebox. Recordings in the Jukebox were issued on record labels now owned by Sony Music Entertainment, which has granted the Library of Congress a gratis license to stream acoustical recordings. To find these recordings, search "Beethoven" in the National Jukebox Collection.

Other Online Recordings

Find other recordings of Beethoven's works by searching the Library's website and limiting results to "Audio Recordings." These audio recordings include, for example, live performances presented as part of the Concerts from the Library of Congress series, recordings from the digital collection of the Roman Totenberg papers, and other various events. See the "Lectures, Interviews, & Concerts" page of this research guide for information on recorded performances with video footage.

A representative sample of these recordings includes:

Discographies and Other Resources

Recordings of Beethoven's music are plentiful. The following titles link to discographies with fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available. Many biographies and other scholarly works on Beethoven often include biographies. See the "Beethoven Literature" page of this research guide for more information.