Music students, professional musicians, music groups and hobbyist musicians will all find something of interest in this collection. State Library members can borrow from most of the following music collections.
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Are you are looking for a musical piece to play, or a score for research? The State Library's score collection is a great source. We have the complete works of important composers as such as Bach, Beethoven and Mozart, as well as works of lesser-known composers. We collect classical, jazz, pop, rock and folk music.
Are you looking for a popular song? All songs in our popular songbooks are searchable by title in our online catalogue. This collection covers jazz, pop, rock, rap, blues, country, folk, 'golden oldies', Broadway, show, vaudeville, music hall, songs from musicals, songs from films and community songs.
These include large sets, with performing parts for concert bands, stage bands, full orchestras, string orchestras and multiple copies for choirs. To find music performance sets in State Library's catalogue, use the 'resource type' facet on the right side of the screen to refine your search to band sets, orchestral sets or choral sets.
This collection includes over 100,000 pieces of sheet music, across Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and modern eras. The Australiana sheet music collection contains over 1,500 commemorative items about Australian people and places, war songs, events, and TV themes.
All major genres and periods of music are represented in our sound recordings collection. These include early music, classical, romantic, modern, musicals, jazz, blues, rock, popular, world music and spoken word. The library holds approximately 300 full operas plus many compilations.
State Library’s hymnology collection contains hymn books for most Christian denominations. Among these are Australian hymnbooks as well as hymnbooks in foreign languages. The collection also contains reference materials such as indexes, prayer books and handbooks. The earliest hymnbook in the collection is dated 1637.