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 Facsimiles of music manuscripts and early printed editions give scholars and musicians unique access to original sources. Since the invention of the facsimile process in the last decades of the 19th century, a substantial number of works ranging from Gregorian chant to Ligeti have been published. OMI's comprehensive database and extensive stock provides easy and quick determination of the availability and price of a specific title. For catalogs—organized by subject, publisher or series—please go to our catalogs pages. Titles for which OMI is the sole agent are described on the OMI exclusives page. Some of the most important facsimiles issued in the last ten years are listed under featured works. OMI offers gift suggestions for individuals seeking special advice, and is pleased provide an articles  section about the history and use of facsimiles.

Aimè che fai, frottole for 4 voices, from a presentation songbook, c.1496. Modena, Bibltioteca Estense, it. 1221, fol.65v (Il Bulino)

"Aimè che fai", frottole for 4 voices, from a presentation
songbook, c.1496. Modena, Bibltioteca Estense,
it. 1221, fol.65v (Il Bulino)




Detail, autograph of Stravinsky's L'oiseau de feu (Firebird). Bibliothèque Bodmer, Cologny-Genève (Éditions Minkoff)

Detail, autograph of Stravinsky's L'oiseau de feu (Firebird). Bibliothèque Bodmer, Cologny-Genève (Éditions Minkoff)

"An autograph is like a snapshot, catching its subject in a private moment, in the midst of an act, spontaneous or posed. The facsimile of an autograph makes the act public and guarantees its longevity."

Richard Kramer, "Beethoven Facsimiles", Nineteenth Century Music 6 (1982-83): 76-81