‘Louise Dyer and Editions de l’Oiseau-Lyre: The Establishment of a Music Press’ – Free Symposium at the University of Melbourne

The University Library and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music are co-hosting a symposium celebrating the achievements of Melbourne woman, Louise Dyer (later Hanson-Dyer), who, in 1932, set up and operated a music publishing house, Editions de l’Oiseau-Lyre, in Paris. The Press published a profusion of extraordinary scholarly music editions and sound recordings of early and contemporary music.

The symposium concentrates on the Press’s early period, through to the end of World War II. It also, in the 350th year since the birth of Francois Couperin, celebrates Dyer’s contribution to Couperin scholarship in her inaugural publication: a superbly researched and presented 12 volume collected edition of his works. French curator and musicologist Catherine Massip is keynote speaker.

The two day symposium covers the Couperin complete edition (12 vols.; marking the 350th centenary of his birth) and other print publishing of the early years; the 78 rpm sound recordings; the press’s support in the 1930s of contemporary composers, especially French and Australian; and Louise Dyer and the visual arts.Keynote speaker Catherine Massip from Paris will deliver a public lecture. Concerts on Friday and Saturday evening complement the Symposium.

Venue and time:


  • Tallis Wing, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music: 18 May 2018, 2pm – 6pm
  • Dulcie Hollyock Room, Baillieu Library: 19 May 2018, 11am – 5.30pm

Complementing concerts:

  • Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne: 18 May 2018, 6pm
  • Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne: 19 May 2018, 5.30pm

More information and bookings for the symposium can be found through the University of Melbourne Special Collections. Register to reserve your spot!