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Canadian Music

Digital Library of Canada

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Two sites on this page are relevant for those interested in music from the Canadian past. The Virtual Gramophone uses a database of information about music recordings as well as 130 actual sound recordings to present a picture of the 78-rpm era in Canada, from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century. In addition to the sound recordings, the site provides a wealth of secondary source information on the history of music and recorded sound in Canada, as well as 45 biographies of notables in the music scene. Sheet Music From Canada’s Past presents a collection of 500 pieces of sheet music from before 1867 and from the World War I era. The music ranges widely in style—from patriotic songs to ballroom dance music to sacred music. In some cases the full score is provided, but usually only the illustrated cover of the sheet music may be viewed. This collection is both searchable and browsable, and everything in the collection may be printed.

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