Archives and Manuscripts during the Bodleian Library: rich collections of music manuscripts

Archives and Manuscripts during the Bodleian Library: rich collections of music manuscripts

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The Bodleian Libraries home rich collections of music manuscripts dating from medieval times to the current and can include such features as Handel’s performing rating of Messiah, Holst’s suite The Planets and Mendelssohn’s Hebrides overture. Whoever has utilized the Bodleian’s music manuscript or archival collections through the years will undoubtedly be utilized to grappling with an array that is confusing of findings aids. Apart from a couple of old collection-level entries into the Online Catalogue for Archives and Manuscripts, we now have needed to count on different paper catalogues and handlists, posted and unpublished, which visitors can hardly ever navigate effectively without help from Music section staff. These generally include: the published Summary Catalogue of Western Manuscripts (for manuscripts obtained as much as 1915), supplemented by many typescript revisions to your Overview Catalogue information; typescript information of post-1915 purchases, the greater recent of which additionally occur as MS Word files; posted catalogues for the Deneke-Mendelssohn and Tenbury collections, both of that have accumulated long listings of modifications and amendments with time; boxlists for assorted collections that are uncatalogued such as for example Ella and Sterndale Bennett. Continue reading “Archives and Manuscripts during the Bodleian Library: rich collections of music manuscripts”