Printed music

The Swiss National Library has been collecting printed music since 1918.

Batman by Danny Elfman
Danny Elfman’s score for “Batman” is held by the NL.
© Editions Marc Reift

Content and scope

  • Works published by Swiss music publishers
  • Works of Swiss composers published abroad
  • Musical adaptations of texts by Swiss composers published abroad
  • Compositions that deal with Switzerland
  • Compositions by members of the Swiss Musicians’ Association SONART (copies of music manuscripts are supplied to the NL by SUISA)
  • Recordings of music when they are attached to publications. The collection of Swiss music recordings is held at the Swiss National Sound Archives in Lugano.

 

Collection principles

  • One copy of each publication is deposited and archived
  • On paper 

 

Research

  • Documents listed in Helveticat
  • One issue per year of “The Swiss Book” has been devoted to printed music since 1956.

Last modification 18.03.2019

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https://www.nb.admin.ch/content/snl/en/home/collections/library-collections/printed-music.html