Important information

  • Please reserve your documents 2 working days in advance.
  • You can consult them in the General reading room. Seat reservation is required.

The collection

The Music Department is the country’s most important scientific centre for the preservation of musical documents. Its collection consists of:

  • Handwritten and printed scores
  • Letters
  • Printed works
  • Concert programmes and posters
  • Photographs and other iconographic documents
  • Sound archives (78 rpm, 45 rpm and 33 rpm gramophone records, CDs, cassette tapes and magnetic tapes)
  • Varied items (paintings, sculptures, musical instruments,…)

Consulting documents

  • You can consult digitised documents (such as handwritten scores) via Belgica, the digital library.
  • For full-text searches in the digitised journals and periodicals, please use BelgicaPeriodicals.
In the reading rooms

Due to Covid-19, all documents have to be consulted in the General reading room.

The musical heritage of KBR is almost entirely kept in the Music Department. Some musical documents are kept in the Manuscript Department, the Rare Books Department and the Prints Department.

Music reading room

Musicological reference library

The Music Department was founded in 1965 with works from the Fétis Collection, but its collection has grown since then with the addition of numerous other collections. Scores acquired through the Legal Deposit are also kept in the Music Department.

The Department also purchases items: monographs, the complete works of composers, scores, journals and magazines about music and musicology, dictionaries, encyclopaedias, CDs, CD-ROMs and DVDs and has consequently accumulated a library of musical and musicological reference works that is unique in Belgium.

List of collections

Internationally renowned musical and musicological expertise

The Music Department’s plays an active part in international organisations such as RILM (the International Repertory of Music Literature) and RISM (the International Inventory of Musical Sources). Since 2002 the Department has been home to the non-profit organisation “Archives Béla Bartók de Belgique. Fonds Denijs Dille“.

Every year, Marie Cornaz, the curator of the Music Department, teaches “Patrimoine musical belge” at Université libre de Bruxelles (Brussels University).


Each year, the Music Department organises concerts where the scores that are kept in our collection come to life. A unique journey to the very heart of the KBR collection. All concerts are held in the concert room.

Buy your tickets online to ensure to have a seat. You can also purchase tickets at the ticket counter at the entrance of KBR.

View the programme
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