Music Department

Chor der Predigerkirche. Hand-coloured aquatint, around 1820–1840

Chor der Predigerkirche, home of the Music Section since 1996. Hand-coloured aquatint, around 1820–1840

The Music Department was established in 1971 and quickly built up a scientific collection of European stature. Apart from large collections of printed sheet music and sound recordings, the Music Department currently owns one of the largest collections of Wagner memorabilia in the world. It has also become an important place for storing handwritten Swiss sheet music produced in the past 200 years. Its collection includes the estates of around 200 composers, musicians and musicologists, including Hans Georg Nägeli, Othmar Schoeck, Heinrich Sutermeister, Wladimir Vogel, Paul Burkhard and Wilhelm Furtwängler. The library also houses the corporate archives and historical library collections of important Zurich music institutions such as the Opera House, the Tonhalle, the Conservatory and the Allgemeine Musik-Gesellschaft (AMG).

The Music Department enjoys many benefits from the materials entrusted to its care. For some years now it has at irregular intervals published CDs of the music in its collection, from the religious music of Zwingli to music of the late 20th century (Music from the Zentralbibliothek Zürich). Every programme presented as part of the concert series Lunchtime Concerts at Predigerchor also includes at least one work available in the Zentralbibliothek as a handwritten manuscript, first edition or early edition.

Address and contact

Zähringerplatz 6
CH-8001 Zurich
Tel +41 44 2683 100
Fax +41 44 2683 290

Music Department
Chor der Predigerkirche
Tel +41 (0)44 268 31 81
E-mail: Music

Opening hours
Monday - Friday 10:00-18:00
Saturday 10:00-16:00
(closed between 12:00 and 14:00 for the Lunchtime Concerts)

Orders and requests
(at least one day in advance):
E-Mail: Music