About Lyrebird Press

Lyrebird Press

The LYREBIRD PRESS was established at the University of Melbourne in 2006 to continue the work of Éditions de l’Oiseau-Lyre (The Lyrebird Press), established in Paris in 1932 by Melbourne-born benefactress and patron of the arts Louise Hanson-Dyer (1884–1962).


Bluebeard's Bride: Alma Moodie, Violinist

Kay Dreyfus

Alma Moodie is perhaps the most gifted violinist ever to have left Australia, acclaimed in Germany in her youth as a “rare apparition in the world of virtuosity”. By all accounts a charismatic personality and a prodigious musician, she left no recordings and has slipped into an obscurity as deep as it is undeserved. In piecing together the details of Moodie’s life, Kay Dreyfus reclaims her reputation as one of the outstanding violinists of her generation and as a leading exponent of the contemporary music of her day.

The Point of the Baton

John Hopkins with Will Cottam

The personal and surprisingly candid memoir of conductor John Hopkins, his distinguished career in Britain, New Zealand and Australia, and his role as a champion of the young and the new.

Catalogue of the Hanson-Dyer Music Collection

Denis Herlin

Louise Hanson-Dyer’s library, now at the University of Melbourne, which includes some 250 prints and manuscripts dating from the 15th to the early 19th centuries, is particularly notable for French operatic works, early English prints, Italian renaissance music and early theoretical treatises.

Australasian Music Research (AMR)

A book series devoted to all aspects of Australasian music and musical life.

Vol. 12: Italy in Australia’s Musical Landscape, ed. Linda Barwick and Marcello Sorce Keller.

Vol. 11: “Goodbye ’til next time”: A critical biography of A.E. Floyd (1877-1974), Ian Burk.

Vol. 10: Up is Down: A Life of Violinist Jan Sedivka, Elinor Morrisby.

Vol. 9: Growing Up Making Music: Youth Orchestras in Australia and the World, ed. Margaret Kartomi and Kay Dreyfus.

CSAM Publications

Lyrebird Press also distributes books and earlier volumes of AMR (1-8) published by the former Centre for Studies in Australian Music.

Critical Editions of Music


Economical electronic editions as well as traditional publications of Australian music.

Ern Malley Songs, Settings of The Darkening Ecliptic by University of Melbourne composers, compiled and edited by Johanna Selleck. Song settings of the poetry of “Ern Malley” (James McAuley and Harold Stewart) by twenty-four composers associated, as staff or students, with the University of Melbourne.

Charles Edward Horsley, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor, opus 29 (1849), edited by Richard Divall is the first publication in the Australiana series.

CSAM Publications

Editions published by the Centre for the Study of Australian Music are exclusively available for purchase through Lyrebird Press.


Editions of early music in the Éditions de l'Oiseau-Lyre tradition and beyond.

Michel’Angelo Vella (1710-92)—24 Sonatas for 3 Transverse Flutes without Bass, edited by Richard Divall. Four volumes of six sonatas by the 18th-century Maltese composer and priest.

Simon Boyleau—Motetta Quatuor Vocum (1544), edited by Sally Watt. The first book of motets by a French nobleman who rose to become master of the chapel at Milan cathedral.

Wholesale enquiries should be made direct to the publisher lyrebirdpress-info@unimelb.edu.au.