Rare Music Collection

Rare Music comprises music manuscripts, printed scores, books, archival collections and other music-related materials that are rare and in some cases unique. The collection includes items from the late 13th century through to the present day. The rich holdings of European music have at their core the Hanson-Dyer Collection of 15th to early 19th century music imprints, first editions and music manuscripts. Transferred to Melbourne in 2005, this 245-item strong collection includes French operatic works, British publications, works of the Italian renaissance and books on music theory, establishing collection strengths that have been built on with recent acquisitions. Rare Music also includes the very substantial archive of the French music publishing house, Editions de l’Oiseau-Lyre (1932–2013), founded by expatriate Louise Hanson-Dyer (1884–1962). Editions de l’Oiseau-Lyre is celebrated for its scholarly and pioneering editions and sound recordings of early music.

14.2 Research Assistant – Blog project, Rare Music Collections (PROJECT ASSIGNED)

This project offers the opportunity for students to write a series of blog posts that will be uploaded onto the Special Collections blog. These blog posts will showcase and promote items in the Rare Music collection and associated activities to a wider internal and external audience.

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* If interested in working on a project with the Rare Music Collection please contact the Program Coordinator directly to find out more information.