The British Library is digitising some of its most important items of printed and manuscript music. This page gives information on what is available online and what is coming soon.
The British Library holds one of the most significant collections of manuscript and printed music in the world. The Library has already digitised some of the most famous items in the collection and is committed to making more of the collection available to view online.
Digitised music manuscripts
The following complete manuscripts are available on the British Library's Digitised Manuscripts pages.
Mozart: Catalogue of his own works (autograph manuscript, Zweig MS 63)
Mozart: String quartet in B flat, K. 172 (autograph manuscript, Add MS 31749)
Mozart: String quartet in D major, K. 499 (autograph manuscript, Add MS 37764)
Mozart: Fugue in C minor, K. 546 (autograph manuscript, Add MS 28966)
In addition, the famous keyboard manuscript My Ladye Nevells Booke is available in the Library's online gallery.
Handel's Messiah (the complete autograph manuscript)
Three autograph manuscripts of Purcell's music
All the remaining autograph manuscripts of Mozart
Digitised printed sheet music
Two collections of digitised printed music from the British Library are currently available online:
More than 300 rare or unique music books from the 16th century, made available online in association with Royal Holloway, University of London.
Illustrated sheet music for 188 songs from the Victorian era.