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Christmas Music

Guide to Christmas Music

Here you will find an overview of Christmas music resources at the State Library with search tips.

The Collection

The State Library has a collection of Christmas music scores, ranging from collections of songs and carols through to instrumental and orchestral arrangements. The songs and carols scores have been indexed exhaustively, ensuring that clients can locate particular titles with ease. These scores are all available for loan. On-line access to song titles is augmented by an extensive card index. The reference collection contains histories of Christmas carols, mainly from the English tradition.

We have a listening collection of CDs and LPs for use within the State Library Building. You can also listen to tracks using the on-line database Naxos Music Library. There is a small loan collection of audio cassettes available.

Searching for Christmas songs, carols or instrumental arrangements

For November and December of every year, we pull the Christmas music from the shelves and gather it together in one place on the 2nd Floor of the State Library Building. This makes browsing easy. At other times, you can use the library catalogue and select State Library Printed Music in the drop-down box. To find individual carols and songs, it is preferable to conduct a title search. A Guide is available with tricks and tips on how to find songs. You may also search by subject. Useful subject searches are:

  • Christmas music
  • Carols
  • Carols - Instrumental settings

Christmas Music Internet Resources

Here you will find links to internet resources for Christmas music, including copyright information.

Australasian Performing Rights Association
APRA supports songwriters, composers and music users by collecting royalties on behalf of its members and ensuring that owners of original music are not disadvantaged. Find information on both the performing and copying of Christmas music, and a list of FAQs.

Australian Christmas Songs

Lyrics and downloads of Australian Christmas songs, available for educational purposes.

Australian Composers

Find contemporary Christmas music by Australian composers available for purchase.

Christmas Carol Music
Out of copyright material available for download.

Hymns and Carols of Christmas
Find the history behind our favourite Christmas carols and hymns, as well as lyrics, variations, MIDI files and PDFs of Public Domain music.

Music Australia

Discover historical and contemporary Australian Christmas music held in Australian libraries, including digitised material. Further listings available on the National Library of Australia’s catalogue.

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Page last updated: Monday 21 July 2014