Stamps (Philately)/Music on Stamps


Hi Peter,

Could you please tell me what the music on the stamps indicate?



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Dear George,

the Liszt stamp from Austria shows an excerpt from the score of the symphonic poem no.3 "Les Preludes".
The Donizetti stamp shows an - so far - unidentified musical excerpt.

By the way: our Philatelic Music Study Group has started a project to publish a complete list of notation on stamps on our homepage under Parts will be visible for the public - the complete list will be available in the members only section. I'll inform you when the public part is available.

Kind regards

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Peter Lang


I can answer questions about `music on stamps` which covers composers, instruments and singers as well as musical notes, dance, opera and all other music related topics shown on stamps, postmarks and postal stationaries.


I am collecting 'music on stamps' since more than 30 years. Since 1994 I'm the editor of the magazine 'Der Musikus' which is published quarterly in German with English and French abstracts.
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Since 1995 I'm president of 'Motivgruppe Musik', a musical stamp club with appr. 300 members from 28 countries. Besides of several musical stamp collections I've a special library with more than 100 books about music and more than 600 books, booklets and articles about music on stamps

More than 500 articles about 'music on stamps' mainly published in our quarterly magaine "Der Musikus" (German / English / French).
Several articles published in "The Baton" (magazine of PMC).
Several articles published in topical stamp magazines in Germany, France, Japan, The Netherlands ......
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There isn't a special education on stamp collecting but I've got the certificate from the Bavarian stamp society to act as a judge for topical stamp collections at competitive stamp exhibitions. In my 'civil job' I'm a graduated engineer for computer science.

Awards and Honors
Winner of the international "Augusto Massari Price" 1997 which is told to be the "Oscar in Music Philately".

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