The Project


To document the role of the music seller in New Zealand’s musical history 1840 – 1940 with particular reference to the repertoire sold for the piano and bound in owner bound volumes.

Owner bound volumes were an individual’s collection of separately purchased music sheets which were bound professionally into a volume.

The volumes contained primarily popular, as opposed to serious, music and were usually collected by women, the main performers on the piano in the home.  To read about one individual’s owner bound volumes click here.

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