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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 Naxos Music Library, 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

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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.

Client perusing music book at the State Library of Queensland. Photo by Emma Winch.

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.

Cover of Hits Used by America's Greatest Dancers music score.

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.

 

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 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.

Himnology book open at the first page

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.

Music databases

State Library provide members with free access to several online music databases. These databases include scores, reference, audio and video content. You can stream music live to your mobile device from Naxos Music Library, access music scores in Music Online, learn about musical eras and genres via Oxford Music Online, and find music criticism articles in JSTOR.