Musical Treasures of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

The musical collection of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Bavarian State Library) is considered one of the internationally leading musical libraries, in particular in relation to the scope and the quality of its historical inventory as well as to the traditionally broad profile of acquisition. In its stacks are currently around 455,000 prints of sheet music, 72,000 manuscripts of musical scores, 330 estates, 93,000 items of recorded music and 164,000 books and periodicals on music.

On bavarikon, a small selection of the most high-ranking musical pieces is shown. On the one hand, these consist of autograph manuscripts by important composers of the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries including manuscripts by Joseph Haydn (1732–1809), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791), Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827), Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Gustav Mahler (1860–1911) and Karl Amadeus Hartmann (1905–1963).

On the other hand, some of the most important manuscript choir books from the Renaissance period are presented, including magnificently illuminated manuscripts such as the so-called Rore-Codex as well as two choir books from the workshop of Petrus Alamire (ca. 1470–1534). The tablature manuscripts are represented by the Buxheimer Orgelbuch (Buxheim Book of Musical Scores for Organ).

From the overabundant holdings of musical scores printed during the sixteenth century which once formed part of the musical inventory of the Hofbibliothek (court library) and of the Bayerische Hofkapelle (Bavarian court chapel), two particularly rare objects of the earliest time of musical printing were selected: Ottaviano Petrucci’s (1466–1539) Frottole (fairy tales) as well as Pierre Attaingnant's (around 1494–1551/52) Chansons (songs).

Multi-part works in the collection “Musical Treasures” available in bavarikon

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