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Sheet Music Collection and Record Library

Sheet Music Collection

RSLYA began developing a sheet music collection in the late 1960s. As of 2014, the collection has 36 000 editions: world classical and folk music, opera and ballet, film and theatre scores, jazz, rock and pop music. We have publications for string, wind, percussion and keyboard instruments as well as orchestras, choirs and solo performers.

Music published by almost all Russian and Soviet music publishers is kept in the collection; there are also many editions from 19th and 20th century foreign publishers: H.Litolff s Verlag, Ernst Eulenburg Ltd., Edition Peters, VEB Breitkopf & Hartel Musikverlag, VEB Deutscher Verlag fur Musik, Editio Musica Budapest, Poiskie wydawnictwo muzyczne and others.

The most valuable items in the collection are the 3700 rare editions from the 19th and 20th century. Among them are piano reductions of Tchaikovsky, Verdi and Wagner operas published in the authors’ lifetimes; collected works by Tchaikovsky (63 volumes), Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (50 volumes), Sergei Prokofiev (20 volumes), Nikolai Medtner (8 volumes), Nikolai Myaskovsky (5 volumes); music theory materials (the 4-part Solfège by L.A. Sakketti, Russian historian, music theorist and critic, educator, author of a comprehensive history of music in the Russian language (1883); A Collection of Dictations from Rimsky-Korsakov’s operas and more); series of short collections of music for a particular voice type; and other unique publications.

From collection


Sheet Music Catalogue



Record Library

The collection includes more than 70,000 vinyl recordings and about 600 CDs. Most of the recordings were released in the USSR and Russia between the mid-1960s and the late 1990s. The collection also includes CDs from Hungary, Bulgaria, Germany, and Cuba.

The collection consists of recordings of folk, classical symphonic, vocal, instrumental, and opera and ballet music performed by prominent Russian and foreign musicians. It also includes archival recordings of famous bel canto voices, world-recognized conductors, pianists, violinists, cellists, etc. A significant part of the collection is the popular music such as operetta, pop and jazz music, romances, songs by Soviet and foreign authors, dance music, recordings by Russian and western rock and pop bands, author's songs, music for theater, films, radio and television shows, and others.

In addition, the collection includes sound recordings of drama theater performances, literary readings, and archival recordings of the voices of writers and poets reading their works: Alexander Blok, Anna Akhmatova, Sergey Yesenin, Boris Pasternak, Konstantin Simonov, Bella Akhmadulina, and many others. This part of the collection is located in the Fiction and Arts Room and consists of about 4,550 items.

Vinyl Recordings Catalogue

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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