Launch of the National Archive of Irish Composers

Sheet music for largely forgotten 18th century Irish composers’ works is now available free online to music lovers around the world, following the launch of the National Archive of Irish Composers (   

The National Archive of Irish Composers is a collaborative venture between the National Library of Ireland, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, DIT Digital Media Centre. and Heritage Music Productions Ltd. These project has drawn on expertise from librarianship to historical music research and performance, partnered with cutting-edge digital technology provided by the Digital Media Centre at the Dublin Institute of Technology.

The website features a prototype digital collection of important historic piano sheet music – all of which is housed in our collections. In addition to digital images of the sheet music, it includes audio recordings.   

Welcoming the website initiative, National Library of Ireland Director, Fiona Ross said that it represents a huge advance in providing access to music by Irish composers. 

“As well as fostering an awareness and greater appreciation of historic music from Ireland, which up to now has been neglected, the website will help encourage performance and scholarship of little-known Irish cultural treasures.  Most significantly, it will enhance access to the music resources of the National Library of Ireland and it will stimulate international interest in Ireland as a centre for music performance and research.”

The project is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport, An Roinn Turasóireachta, Cultúir agus Spóirt. 

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