The National Library has been collecting and preserving music documents since its inception. The Centre d'études et de documentation musicales (Cedom), created in 1989, has the task of collecting, preserving and making accessible Luxembourg's musical heritage in manuscript and print. At the heart of the Cedom's musical holding are printed and manuscript scores as well as the archives of composers and communities related to the musical life and history of the country. In addition to its legal mandate, the Cedom also holds a collection of sound recordings, consisting of CDs, DVDs, vinyl records and audio tapes and cassettes and thus takes on the function of a central music archive in Luxembourg.
A specific part of the non-Luxembourgish collection is dedicated to the field of music and includes books, scores, periodicals as well as e-books, digital newspapers and databases.
Borrowing and viewing
Any media held by Cedom or in the non-Luxembourgish Music Collection can be pre-ordered online at a-z.lu and will then be available either to borrow or to view at the library.
Rare and valuable items held by Cedom (handwritten music, records and audio cassettes, composers’ archives) are not available for home loan. However, you can reserve them either via a-z.lu or by written request and then view them in our Rare Books Reading Room on the 1st floor.
The Carnets didactiques - De Litty are published by Cedom, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth. They are intended for teachers and pupils in primary and secondary education, but are also available to any other interested person. The aim of the study books is to provide teachers with the information and teaching materials they need to give children and young pupils a better understanding of Luxembourg's cultural life.
The De Litty collection is the work of the teacher and musician Georges Urwald, who benefits from the logistical support of the Cedom, which enables him to draw on its rich collections. The figure of the young “Litty”, inspired by the performer and cabaret artist Pierre-Toussaint Stefani (1872-1932), created by the Luxembourg artist Andy Genen, acts as a playful leitmotif and guides the reader through the various themes studied.
Documents in the spotlight
Our staff members have written thematic studies on various documents from our collections.
Der Komponist René Hemmer1919-2019*
D’Gebuertsstonn vun eiser Nationalhymn„Ons Heemecht” an dem Jean-Antoine Zinnen säi musikalescht Wierk
De 5. Juni 1864 war zu Ettelbréck dat éischt landeswäit Museksfest vum Allgemeiner Luxemburger Musikverein (ALM). Um Festprogramm stoung Ons Heemecht, e Wierk fir véierstëmmege Männerchouer, komponéiert vum Jean-Antoine Zinnen op Gedicht vum Michel Lentz aus dem d’Joer 1850. D’Leit ware begeeschtert an hunn d’Wierk mat groussem Applaus geféiert.
Différentes étapes de l’écriture musicaleDes neumes médiévaux aux dessins contemporains
Se confondant avec l’histoire de l’humanité, les traces de la musique se perdent dans la nuit des temps, et si les archéologues savent en retranscrire le chemin, les musiciens et les musicologues ne partagent pas ce bonheur, puisque cet art, si éphémère durant des millénaires, ne se transmettait qu’oralement.