Miss Otis Regrets

The very best of Cole Porter songbookTake the Otis elevator to the first floor of the Ilac Centre and enter the Central Library. Turn right at the library entrance and walk down to the Music Library where the music library staff will, on request, lure the oft regretful Miss Otis off the shelf, urging her to accept your invitation to repeat her melancholy tale of betrayal.

"Miss Otis Regrets" is a song by Cole Porter from the 1930s. Cole Porter is reputed to have said that he could write a song about anything even an elevator. The song is written in the blues style and tells the story of a woman who is jailed and hanged having shot her seducer after being jilted and abandoned.

Explore The World of Operetta

La Belle HeleneJoin Michael Grant on Tuesdays 6th, 13th & 20th September @ 1p.m. to explore the World of Operetta. Michael, who presents specialist music programmes on RTE Lyric FM,  has delivered a number of talks at the Music Library and has proved to be a very entertaining and informative speaker.

  • Tuesday 6th September: French Fizz

Michael will explore the operettas of Jacques Offenbach and some lesser known but equally brilliant French composers in the genre, Louis Varney, Edmond Audran, Charles Lecocq.

Classical Music Demystified

 Classical MusicFancy brushing up on your classical music in an enjoyable way? If so, The Eyewitness Companions: Classical Music gives an excellent overview of classical music in layman's terms.

The focus is classical music spanning the period 1000 A.D. to the present and it is  written in an easy style with beautiful illustrations to hold the reader's attention. The book is divided into ten main sections as follows.


UlyssesTo celebrate Bloomsday, June 16th,  which is the day made famous by James Joyce in his novel "Ulysses", the Music Library in association with Winedark Productions will present "Bloomsongs", a selection of songs associated with the life and works of James Joyce. Songs featured include, "Down by the Sally Gardens", "The lark in the Clear Air" and "Love's Old Sweet Song" (Just a song at Twilight).

James Barry (Baritone) with Margot Doherty on piano will provide the music on the day. James has made a few appearances at the Lunchtime Recitals and has gone down a treat with the audiences.

David Oistrakh, Artist of the People?

David Oistrakh Artiste du PeubleDavid Oistrakh, Artiste du Peuple? is a film by Bruno Monsaingeon which traces the life of David Oistrakh,  who is recognised not only as a great violinist but also as one of music's most interesting personalities. Born in Odessa in 1908 into a Jewish family of merchants, David Oistrakh lived through the troubled years of the October Revolution. At the age of five he began studying the violin and viola and went on to perform at many concerts throughout the Soviet Union playing Khachaturian, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and others to packed audiences. He won several prizes along the way including the Stalin Prize in 1942.

Talent on the Double

Julia Fischer Violin & PianoA DVD, Julia Fischer Violin & Piano, available to borrow at the Music Library, features Julia Fischer, playing solo on piano and violin in the same concert. The concert was recorded at Frankfurt, 1st January 2008.

Julia Fischer says she knew from an early age that she wanted to be a musician. She took up the violin because, when she was a child she always had to wait until her mother and her brother (who is four years older than her) had finished practising on the family's only piano. From the age of four she received piano lessons from her mother and applied herself at the Piano with nearly the same intensity she brought to playing the violin.

Music in Dublin City Public Libraries

Fiddler on the RoofDublin City Public Libraries has a significant music collection with most branches providing a range of music and music literature.

The main body of the collection is located in the Music Library. The library which is located in the Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, offers an expansive resource for music students and music lovers alike. Whether you are a connoisseur or an occasional dabbler, the music library has a lot to offer free of charge.

The Library makes available in a broad range of formats, either recorded, in the case of CD's, DVDs, Blu-Ray discs & CD ROMs or printed as with Vocal Scores (Opera, Musicals) Miniature Scores, Sheet Music, Libretti and Songbooks (lieder, traditional ballads or modern).

Lunchtime Concerts and Talks

The Music Library, which is part of Dublin City Public Libraries, has run a series of lunchtime concerts and talks in the library over the last two years, which usually take place on Thursdays at 1p.m. Concerts so far have averaged one per month, sometimes two.