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 online via Belgica.
  • For full-text searches in our digitised journals and periodicals, please use BelgicaPeriodicals.


In the reading rooms

If you are not sure where a document is located, don’t hesitate to consult the online catalogue.

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.

Check the programme


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