Using search in Classical

This tutorial is the second in a series introducing you to Classical. You can install Classical from the App Store.

Classical has over 24000 works spread over 220 composers. Browsing by composer, the timeline and collections is a great way to discover new music. If you know what you are looking for then you should get acquainted with search.

When you open Classical you’ll see the Composers tab. Above the list of composers is the search bar. In here you can type the name of a composer or work.

Search works best when you start off as generally as possible and only add more detail if you don’t get the results you want.

Lets trying finding the famous Symphony no. 5, op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven.

A good search would be Beethoven Symphony 5. Notice that we haven’t entered the full name of the composer or the full work name.

Classical comes back instantly with an exact match.

If you are looking for a popular work you could try being even less specific. For example Symphony 5 returns the result we are looking for in second place.

Sometimes you aren’t looking for a particular work but just want to explore the database. In this search I want to see a list of violin sonatas using the search violin sonata

Search is a quick way of finding both what you are looking for and new works.

If this tutorial has helped you get more out of Classical take a look at the first in the series on playing works. Follow us on Twitter to be notified on future tutorials.