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  • La Bibliothèque de Genève déploie sur 4 sites un patrimoine écrit, imprimé, musical et iconographique unique qu’elle sélectionne, protège, valorise et transmet au grand public comme au public scientifique.
  • Site internet de la Bibliothèque de Genève


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  • Site Internet des Bibliothèques municipales


  • Les musées d’art et d’histoire, le Musée d’ethnographie et le Museum d’histoire naturelle, les Conservatoires et Jardin botaniques et le Fond municipal d’art contemporain proposent un accès à leur bibliothèque scientifique .
  • Site internet


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Historique

Orchestral scores form the historical core of La Musicale. When it was founded in the early 1960s, the library was a branch of the Department of shows and concerts of the City of Geneva, and was located at 5, promenade du Pin. The library’s mission was to provide orchestral sheet music for the works scheduled in the program of concerts jointly mounted with the Orchestre de la Suisse romande.

Consultation d’une partition manuscrite dans la salle de lecture (photo Rémy Gindroz)

The historical theater library

For its theatrical needs, the City acquired in 1877 a considerable collection of sheet music for opera and vocal works. The collection would come to include orchestra scores, piano-and-voice arrangements, scores for comedies and vaudeville shows, as well as the librettos that escaped the fire that destroyed the Grand Théâtre de Genève in 1951 and began to swell the collections of the promenade du Pin library starting in 1973.

Move to the Grütli building and opening to the public

The library’s move to the Maison des arts du Grütli in 1989 was synonymous with opening its doors to the public. The collections grew with the addition of chamber music, and the library diversified the genres it makes available to the public: chanson française, jazz, world music, film music, pop and rock.

In 1994, the collections of Radio-Genève became a new source of orchestral materials coming into the library.

In 1998, the Bibliothèque musicale (now La Musicale), with its dual vocation to serve the public while preserving the city’s musical heritage, was joined to the Bibliothèque de Genève and became one of its four sites.

Maison des arts du Grütli, Rue du Général-Dufour 16
1204 Genève

T: +41 22 418 35 80
F: +41 22 418 35 81
bmus(at)ville-ge[dot]ch

La Musicale
Tuesday: 3 pm – 7 pm
Wednesday: 2 pm – 6 pm
Thursday: 1 pm – 5 pm
Friday: 1 pm – 5 pm

Tullia Guibentif
Head librarian
T: +41 22 418 35 80
bmus(at)ville-ge.ch

Free online sheet music

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