For seventy-five years the music collection amassed by Éditions de l’Oiseau-Lyre’s founder, Louise B. M. Dyer—later Louise Hanson-Dyer—remained a private collection. As part of the on-going relationship between the press and the University of Melbourne, this collection has now been transferred to the Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library at the University and is now accessible to musicians, researchers and scholars. The collection comprises some 250 prints and manuscripts dating from the 15th to the early 19th centuries. It is particularly notable for its collection of French operatic works, British publications, works of the Italian renaissance and books on music theory. The collection has been meticulously catalogued by Denis Herlin and includes a substantial introduction (in French and English) and over 50 black and white plates.
About the author
Denis Herlin is director of research at CNRS (Centre national de la recherché scientifique) at the IRPMF (Institut de recherché sur le patrimoine musical en France). Doctor in musicology (Ecole pratique des hautes études, IVe section) and docteur habilité (Université François-Rabelais de Tours), he is the author of two catalogues (Collection musicale François-Lang, 1993 and Catalogue du fonds musical de la bibliothèque de Versailles, 1995); a series of articles on baroque music and on the oeuvre of Claude Debussy; as well as several critical editions, in particular the Pièces de clavecin en concerts of Rameau (1996 with Davitt Moroney) and the Nocturnes of Debussy (2002). He is co-author, with Sylvie Bouissou, of volume II: Libretti of the Catalogue thématique des œuvres musicales of Jean-Philippe Rameau as well as volume I, devoted to instrumental music and sacred and secular vocal music, due to appear in late 2006. He has been editor in chief of the Complete Works of Claude Debussy since 2002 and, with the late François Lesure, has edited a volume of Debussy correspondence, 1872–1918 (Gallimard, 2005).
Format: Hardback, xxxiv, 170 pp.
ISBN: 978 0 734036 46 9