The Musicology collection covers the history of western music from antiquity to the present. Also literature in the field of non-western music, in so far as it is relevant to western music. The collection contains printed books and journals, audiovisual materials, photographs, musical instruments partly on open shelves, partly housed in the depositories. In addition the collection contains digital materials.
How to search the collection?
- Books about the same subject are placed together, see for an overview the classification scheme. Search for books and journals in WorldCat, look for e-journals in the list of electronic journals.
- For tips, theory and training regarding searching and using scholarly information, please check our LibGuides, for instance the Libguide Sheet Music.
To support the study of musicology, the University Library has a collection of audio-visual, with DVDs (feature films, documentaries, television). The collection can be searched through WorldCat.
The sheet music collection includes all areas of western music history. Most scholarly editions of the complete works of composers are present, along with many other editions of a scholarly nature (for example series on certain types of sources, musical genres, or national or regional music traditions). The important repertoire from ca 1700 to the present is usually also available in the form of single editions, which can be borrowed.
Photographs – Josquin Archive
The Josquin Archive contains several thousands of photographs of Middle-European, Italian and Spanish sources for Franco-Flemish polyphony. The emphasis is on sources bearing on the work of Josquin des Prez. You may consult the Josquin Archive through the service desk of the University Library City Centre.
Photograps – Fotogram Archief
The Fotogram Archief contains photographs of manuscripts and early prints from the era of the ‘Viennese Classics’ (Hoboken collection) and in the field of the Italian opera up to ca 1800; the Leyden and Den Bosch choir books; autographs and early copies of the work of Alphons Diepenbrock. You may consult the Fotogram Archief through the Special Collections reading room in the University Library Utrecht Science Park.
Utrecht Organ Archive
Utrecht University Library holds a number of important archives of Dutch organ builders and organ experts. You may consult these in the Special Collections reading room in the University Library Utrecht Science Park. Information about this archive and descriptions of a number of archive inventories can be found in the database of the Utrecht Organ Archive.
The musical instruments owned by Utrecht University are described in the database Musical instruments (in Dutch). There you will find pictures and descriptions as well as information about the provenance of the instruments.