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Music Library

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Among the largest music collections in the U.S., the Northwestern University Music Library has an unmatched strength in 20th century and contemporary classical music, and holds at least one copy of nearly every new score published since 1945. Its more than 300,000 volumes of books, scores, sound recordings, and journals also include collections of original manuscripts and correspondence, notably, the John Cage collection, which documents the life and work of the 20th century’s most revolutionary composer.

News and Announcements

Annual John Cage Research Grant recipients chosen

Northwestern University Libraries is pleased to announce the recipients of the John Cage Research Grant for 2017-2018. This annual competitive grant, established in 2013, promotes the study of John Cage's life, music, art, and ideas through the use of Northwestern's John Cage Collection. Over the coming year, the grant will support projects by John Michael Green and Haema Sivanesan. Read the full story.

Listening Center Services Announcement

We regret to announce that the Music Library will not be able to fulfill requests to listen to or transfer open reel audio recordings until further notice. We are very sorry for any inconveniences and hope to resume this service sometime in the future. Please contact the Curator of the Music Library if you have any questions. 

Archival collection of late musicologist Hans Moldenhauer now available

Assembled over the course of forty years by the late musicologist and avid music collector, Hans Moldenhauer (1906-1987), the Moldenhauer Collection constitutes an unparalleled collection of music manuscripts and other primary sources documenting the history of western music from the Middle Ages through the twentieth century. Today Moldenhauer's collections  are available at Northwestern University, as well as nine other institutions worldwide. See collection details.

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