Amongst our collections of printed and recorded music you can admire music manuscripts written by renowned composers. Here are some of our most famous, starting from the 13th century.

Our huge collection of handwritten, printed and recorded music comes from all over the world, and covers a wide range of genres and styles from classical to calypso. Explore manuscripts by well-known composers such as Handel, Mozart, Beethoven and Elgar, and the British Library Sound Archive’s collection which also includes popular music recordings and videos, folk, traditional and world music. 

Henry Purcell's My Heart is Inditing

Henry Purcell's Autograph Score, f.55v-56

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Messiah by George Frideric Handel

Handel's Messiah, f.2.

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Mozart's thematic catalogue

Mozart's Thematic Catalogue f.7v-8

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An die Musik by Schubert

Franz Schubert, manuscript of An die Musik and portrait. Zweig MS 81, A, B.

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Enigma Variations by Elgar

Manuscript for Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations on an Original Theme, f.1v

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Lord Kitchener and Sweet Jamaica

Lord Kitchener (Aldwyn Roberts) at the Savoy Hotel, 28 February 1957.

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