The Forte app can no longer be downloaded from the App Store as it is not compatible with Apple software. We apologise for any inconvenience. There are no plans to update Forte at this stage. Access digitised music from our collections in the catalogue

Is music your forte? How about history? Australian culture? The National Library of Australia is giving you a way to appreciate all three. Forte presents the Library’s collection of digitised sheet music, more than 13,000 individual items - your very own browsable, portable and practical music book.

iPads displaying Forte app

"I just love how portable it is; I can effortlessly browse the collection and swipe the pages. I can definitely see myself using this during a performance" - Adam James Cook, composer-pianist.


  • 13,000 pages of music
  • Browse scores by decade or composer
  • Beautiful cover artwork
  • Create your own list of favourites
  • Easy to play music straight from your iPad with simple swipe function
  • Share your favourites through Facebook, Twitter and email
  • Learn the history of each score through the Library Catalogue

Thanks to all who made the creation of Forte a possibility. Special thanks to: