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

Sound Recordings

Some recordings of Brahms's works have been digitized and made available to listen and download on the Library's website. This page highlights several different examples as well some print resources to locate additional recordings.

Many of these historical sound recordings of Brahms's music are performances of songs or 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 "Brahms" in the National Jukebox Collection.

Find other recordings related to Brahms by searching "Brahms" on the Library's website and limiting results to "Audio Recordings." See also the "Lectures, Interviews, & Concerts" page of this research guide for information on recorded performances with video footage. Some examples are:

Recordings of Brahms'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 Brahms often include discographies. See the "Music Literature" page of this research guide for more information.