The Documentation Centre of the Orfeó Català is a centre specialising in music and the history of the Orfeó Català and the Palau de la Música Catalana. Due to the importance of its holdings, it is considered one of the top musical centres set up by a private civil body in Catalonia.
Some of the collections held by the Documentation Centre are of considerable interest to musicologists, scholars, musicians and the public in general all over the world, at the same time as preserving a unique heritage, consultation of which is essential when it comes to reconstructing the history of Catalan music. Among the important musical gems are: the first edition of the Ensaladas by M. Fletxa, a manuscript with Gregorian chant from the 11th century, masses hand-written by the Renaissance composers Cristóbal de Morales and Giovanni Pierluigi de Palestrina, keyboard repertoire manuscripts by composers including Antonio Soler, Domenico Scarlatti and Carles Baguer, the Cant de la Sibil·la dated 1583 from Barcelona, while highlights from the 19th and 20th century include the manuscript of the Suite Iberia by I. Albéniz, some signed manuscripts by Enric Granados and others by 19th and 20th-century composers such as the maestros of Catalan cobla music Pep Ventura and Juli Garreta.
Located on the fifth floor of the Palau, it was started in 1891, the year in which the Orfeó itself was founded. Since then it has been steadily enriched with new materials, some of them in the form of private legacies and donations, including those by Francesc Pujol, Joan B. Lambert, Vicenç M. de Gibert, Joan Llongueres, Gallardo-Matheu, Josep Rodoreda, Amadeu Vives, Carles G. Vidiella, Joan Salvat, Blanche Selva, Carreras i Bulbena, Lluís Romeu, Josep A. Clavé, Pep Ventura and Juli Garreta, among others.
Today the Documentation Centre of the Orfeó Català is committed to taking an important step forward by scanning, cataloguing and preserving its holdings and making them accessible.
Since 2011 the exhibition "Treasures of the Orfeó Català Library" has been made available on the Internet. A digital repository for the collections in scanned form was also set up in the same year. These are two major initiatives to make our legacy of heritage more widely known, as well as offering access to an important part of the Centre’s holdings and collections.