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Music content in the public-domain in a period of confinement

by Emilia Gómez (originally published on the blog of


The TROMPA project has as a main goal the enrichment of music public-domain archives. In these difficult days of confinement, some musical institutions are opening their music archives to facilitate remote access, from home, to their music spectacles. The TROMPA project consortium has made a compilation of these initiatives to provide recognition and contribute to their visibility. 


Classical music

Many opera houses and orchestras from Europe and beyond are opening their digital archives: 

  • Concertgebouworkest, lead user of TROMPA orchestra pilot, provides on their orchestra’s video platform a large selection of concert videos for free (and without login). Most of them feature interesting background information and some of them even have conductor’s or musician’s commentary. 

  • The Wiener Staatsoper in Vienna is publishing one of the operas from its archive every day. In its calendar we can find various operas scheduled until the end of June.

  • Teatro Real from Madrid allows these days free access to its video platform "My Opera Player", to be able to enjoy all the opera, dance and concerts titles that it already offers in its catalog and which are being incorporated these days. To access you must register on the website and use the code OperaEnCasa. In addition to the works of the royal theater there are shows from different theaters open from this website.

  • The Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona has also made available on its website a series of titles and hits from recent seasons on the #theliceuathome website.

    • Thanks to the collaboration with Teatro Real, the operas Norma and Rigoletto are also available for free on the My Opera Player platform with the code OperaEnCasa.

    • On ARTE channel website we can enjoy for free its high-tech production of the opera Turandot by Puccini that opened the 2019-20 season of the Liceu.

  • The Berliner Philharmoniker provides its concerts free of charge from the computer, tablet or mobile in its Digital Concert Hall, which can be downloaded from, for example, the Appstore, and accessed free for 30 days with the code BERLINPHIL.

  • London Symphony Orchestra is streaming concerts from its digital archive, as it can be found on their website.

  • Halle Orchestra (Manchester) has some videos at their webpage. 

  • L´Auditori in Barcelona has enabled a series of open digital content on its website, on its website titled l’Auditori at home. They include a series of books that have music as their theme, recommendations for series and films, a live show on their Facebook every day at 8:00 p.m. with concerts from different European venues, a Spotify playlist, a didactic exercise for regulating emotions with music, and a series of concerts such as one made by the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and National of Catalonia (OBC) in Barcelona beach where we can hear the murmur of the sea.

  • The Metropolitan Opera in New York offers free access to its operas through its website. Last week they dedicated it to Wagner.  

  • Netherlands Bach Society offers “All of Bach”, including high-quality recordings on the work by Johan Sebastian Bach

  • In terms of online music there is a very interesting article titled Gramophone's guide to the best online music. 

  • Finally, you can check the recommendations by The Guardian on classical music and opera to livestream at home .


Historical recordings

  • At CDR, lead user for TROMPA music enthusiast pilot, they have a part of the collection available for full track online listening. This is the collection of phonograph cylinders (historical recordings). They have over 500 of them, and they are all digitized and can be listened to completely at the webpage for popular music and website for classical music.    

  • The UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive has over 15.000 cylinders online here.  

  • And the British Library has also historical recordings online, classical, world and popular music, accessible here.

  • The Biblioteque de France also have some historical recordings open at BnF as well (only in french).


For children

The Gran Teatre del Liceu has also enabled on its YouTube channel several of the most successful shows at El Petit Liceu designed for the little ones of the house, which are available in Catalan language: La petita flauta màgica, La Ventafocs and Pere i el Llop.


Pop, rock, jazz and flamenco

  • Sonic Youth has just put 11 of his concerts from 1883 to 2011 on Bandcamp, which you can enjoy here.

  • Montreux Jazz Festival is providing open access to 50 of its concerts through its streaming platform. These include performances by Ray Charles, the Wu-Tang Clan, Johnny Cash, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Deep Purple, Carlos Santana, and many more artists. Information on how to access can be found on their website, which consists of entering the platform and using a discount code.

  • Some virtual acoustic festivals have been created such as the I stay at home Music Festival or the Quarantine fest where many Spanish independent artists, through their instagram profiles, are doing live shows of about 30 minutes as if it were a private acoustic concert. The schedules are on the pages that we have linked.

  • BandaSonoraVital is a research project on music and memory which is linked to the TROMPA music enthusiasts use case. We develop a music recommendation technology that allows you to recover the soundtrack of your life. This technology is created for seniors born in Spain.

    • You can take advantage of these days to create your own life soundtrack through our website.

    • In addition, we have prepared the lists that have been created in the project to build a list with the 157 songs, about 7 hours of music, ordered from most to least success in Spain. It could be something that Spanish seniors who are confined these days can appreciate. Includes hits by historical spanish artists Antonio Molina, Marisol, Paloma Sanbasilio and Rocío Jurado. The list is public at this link.

  • During these days you can also learn to sing flamenco thanks to technology and our online CanteFlamencoTech course, available on the miriadax platform. It is intended to last 4 weeks and started on the 16th, but the content is open longer.

  • The Internet Archive’s Live Music Archive has live concert recordings for over 200,000 performances, recorded over several decades, from bands including the Grateful Dead, Smashing Pumpkins, Mogwai, and many more.


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