Early Music Online

Early Music Online is a collection of digitised images of 16th century anthologies of printed music, from holdings at the British Library. The volumes mainly consist of partbooks of vocal polyphony, but also include some early printed tablatures for keyboard or plucked string instruments. Early Music Online was funded by JISC's 2011 Rapid Digitisation Programme and is a joint project of Royal Holloway, University of London and the British Library.

The digitised volumes can be browsed via Royal Holloway's digital repository. Full details of each digitised book, searchable by composer name and by title of composition, can also be found in the British Library Catalogue.

The digitised content is copyright © The British Library Board, and is made available for non-commercial use under the JISC Collections Open Education User Licence Version 1.0. You may use the digitised content on Early Music Online in any way and for any such purposes that are conducive to education, teaching, learning, private study and/or research as long as you are in compliance with the terms and conditions of the licence. You may not use the content for commercial purposes.


Access is available directly from this page by connecting to the Early Music Online website - you'll be prompted to login to MUSE as necessary.


If you experience any difficulties in using this eResource please call the Library HelpDesk on extension 27200 or email library@sheffield.ac.uk.