Tag Archives: Composers’ archives

Robert Thurston Dart

If you have been reading our blog, you are undoubtedly already aware that the University Library holds many unique and fascinating music archives in various shapes and forms. The composer archives are probably best known, since they are quite prominently … Continue reading

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For the benefit of musical education…

In 1889 Sir Alexander Mackenzie, Principal of the Royal Academy of Music, proposed to Sir George Grove, Director of the Royal College of Music, that the two institutions should combine to create an examining body “inspired by disinterested motives for … Continue reading

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Bliss

The University Library holds a selection of composer and music related archives and actively seeks to extend these collections. One of our main criteria in the selection of music archives is establishing whether there is a “Cambridge link”, but it … Continue reading

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Roberto Gerhard’s Photos

The photographs in the Gerhard Archive have now been sorted and documented, and lists of them can be found on the Gerhard web pages. They arrived in the Library totally unsorted, and many of them unidentified. Roberto had marked the … Continue reading

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I found this letter….

Recently I was going through some correspondence in the Arthur Bliss Archive, and came across an uncatalogued letter from Adolf Aber, a music director at Bliss’ publisher Novello. Aber had formerly been a partner in the German publishers, Hofmeister. Forced into exile when the Nazis rose … Continue reading

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“My beloved spook”: Patrick Hadley and a celebrated anthem

Amongst the holdings of Gonville and Caius College library is a little known collection of archival material relating to three sometime Caian composers: Charles Wood (1866-1926), Geoffrey Shaw (1879-1943), and Patrick Hadley (1899-1973). A recent project to draw up a … Continue reading

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To celebrate, to commemorate : Frederick Delius (29th January)

An earlier MusiCB3 blogpost about musical anniversaries prompted me to think about which anniversaries I would celebrate / commemorate this year. One immediately sprang to mind: the 150th anniversary of the birth of Delius on January 29th. The reason that I had been … Continue reading

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Obsessed with Handel: Samuel Butler’s special collection

Many people have heard of the utopian satire Erewhon, but few are aware that its author, the Victorian polymath Samuel Butler (1835–1902), was driven to creativity by a lifelong obsession with George Frideric Handel. ‘Of all dead men Handel has … Continue reading

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The Bliss violin concerto: from composition to performance

“It was time that Sir Arthur Bliss wrote such a work, for bravura and cantilena are much in his line; and it is 16 years since he gave us a concerto” So wrote the music critic of The Times who … Continue reading

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Concert programmes in the Bliss Archive

Over the last few months, I have been documenting the concert programmes in the Arthur Bliss Archive here at the University Library, and a diverting and engaging time I have had of it.  It sounds such a dry task, doesn’t … Continue reading

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