A collection to make a song and dance about

Come to the 2nd Floor of the State Library to find out why we make a fuss of our music collections. Thousands of Western Australian musicians and music lovers have been members of this library for over 40 years. Many of the State’s sons and daughters have gone on to illustrious musical careers, either here or internationally. Rhapsody: a serenade to the music library features a few of their stories and memories of using the music collections during their formative years. Find out why David Helfgott used to love coming to the library, and how composer Lindsay Vickery used to use the old card catalogue as a sort of mini gamelan orchestra. They have all helped put the state on the map, and we are proud of their achievements.

7 thoughts on “A collection to make a song and dance about

  1. What a wonderful display for a fantastic collection!

    Long has the Music Library played an important part of my life! Without these collections I would not have been able to have access to so many different types of sheet music. It truly is a special resource.

    Keep building that collection and giving us your great music displays! It’s fab!

  2. This exhibition is a gem. Some of the comments are hilarious and it is interesting to hear what has become of some of the people who used to perform in local concerts or productions.

  3. I have heard about this exhibition but have not been as I am now overseas.

    The music library deserves this celebration. I can think of few things more valuable to an arts culture than the free availability of recordings and scores.

    My musical life has been shaped by the scores from the library – I regularly borrowed concertos, contemporary solo pieces, sonatas, musical scores, opera scores and chamber music. I felt like a kid in a toy shop going there. I remember finding a large book of piano music specially designed for silent cinema performance (of which one of the sections was dedicated to ‘airborne battles’)

    I hope that the library acts as a beacon for the arts in these troubled economic times. It truly democratises music, one of the greatest priveleges of our culture.

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