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Hirsch, L., Deslys, Gaby, & Pilcher, Harry. (1912). The Gaby glide Louis A. Hirsch. New York: Shapiro Music.

Music

State Library’s music collection includes scores, popular songbooks, performance sets, sheet music and sound recordings. Our online eresources for music include Music Online and Oxford Music Online.

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.

Discover our music collections

Music scores

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.

Performance sets

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.

Sheet music

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.  

Sound recordings

 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.

Hymnology collection

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.

Music map of Queensland

This map showcases State Library’s interesting collection of music scores written about particular places. Come on a musical journey through Queensland by exploring the map and discover the musical stories relating to compositions set in diverse landscapes from the wet tropics to the inland deserts. From Billy Maloney to Richard Mills, experience for yourself how different composers express the unique character of different places.