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28 September 2016

Discovering Music

Have you ever wanted to know more about the British Library's music collections?

With over 100,000 music manuscripts, 1.6 million items of printed music and 2 million sound recordings, it can be difficult to know where to start.

But that's where our exciting new resource, Discovering Music, comes in.

Taking it's cue from our popular Discovering Literature site, it will provide music lovers with the opportunity to explore the British Library's greatest musical treasures with the help of expertly-curated contextual information and browse-able collection items.


Key composers will be explored and linked to iconic musical works, among them Handel's Messiah, Elgar's Enigma Variations, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Ravel's Bolero and Holst's The Planets.

We'll be releasing the first batch of content in late 2017. In the meantime, we will be posting regular updates on our blog and on Twitter, so stay tuned!

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