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Area of Collection Emphasis Musicology
In its Department of Music the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek holds one of the large, internationally leading music collections with historically grown holdings. The collections span the time from the 15th century to the present.
Also in its current acquisitions, the BSB traditionally maintains the subject area of music as a special focus. Since the beginning of the 1950s the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has fulfilled the function of a reference library for musicology on a Germany-wide scale within the framework of the programme of supra-regional literature supply supported by the  Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation.

The following areas form part of this area of collection emphasis ( webis 9.2)
regionally: Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand
chronologically: all epochs
  • historical musicology (also general, also electronic music, jazz, popular music, rock music
  • systematic musicology (also general)
    • musical acoustic
    • organology (including the construction of musical instruments
    • music psychology
    • music aesthetics
    • music sociology
    • music theory
    • music education
  • printed music which is important as a source for research; primarily scientific editions, alternatively student's editions or reliable practical editions. The works of composers of historic or contemporary importance are collected as comprehensively as possible, whereas only a strictly exemplary selection of light music is collected.
Furthermore, the following areas also form part of the special collection field under musicological aspects:
  • musical theatre (opera, ballet, dance)
  • hymnology
  • church hymns
  • technology of sound recording and reproduction (electroacoustics)
  • publications via sound carrier
The literature forming part of the area of collection emphasis of musicology is contained in the  general catalogues of the BSB.