Music manuscripts and early printed music
Our internationally renowned collection includes 30,500 so-called "musica practica", including 19,000 handwritten scores and 2,000 "musica theoretica" resources (including libretti).
At the heart of the collection is the music of the Dresden Hofkapelle from the 18th and 19th centuries, which not only consists of sacred music (including J.S. Bach's original vocal score for the Missa in B minor), but of operas and instrumental scores as well (Schranck II), including the famous Vivaldi collection. Other important items in the collection are, for example, 16th and 17th century music from church, school, and city council libraries in Saxony, items from various Dresden institutions and musicians' associations, and an abundance of original handwritten scores by leading East German composers.