Contact: John Shepard
Scope of Collection
The Music Library collections today contain some 180,000 volumes of books and printed music; 50,000 sound and video recordings; and 30,000 microforms in addition to extensive special holdings of manuscripts, rare materials, and archives. The collection serves the diverse teaching and research needs of the UC Berkeley Department of Music, which offers a general undergraduate major and graduate programs in musicology, ethnomusicology, and composition, as well as embracing a variety of performance activities.
Research collection in printed and manuscript materials; instructional collection in sound and video. Emphasis on Western classical music, with particular strength in opera. Large collections of rare books and printed music and music manuscripts. Archival collections focused on local history.
Primary Languages and Formats
All languages, especially English, French, German and Italian; books, printed and manuscript music, sound and video recordings, archival collections.
Autograph scores and letters of composer Ernest Bloch; manuscripts of 18th-century Italian instrumental music by Tartini and his school; Taddei and Sicilian libretto collections; library and papers of musicologist Alfred Einstein; portions of the music collection of Alfred Cortot; Cicogna and Romberg opera collections.
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