Tag Archives: music manuscripts

Pendlebury Item Spotlight: Manuscrit Milleran

Today I’d like to highlight possibly the smallest item in the Pendlebury Library – a beautiful pocket-sized facsimile of a manuscript collection of lute music from the 17th century (F-Pn Rés.823; facs., Geneva, 1976) – Manuscrit Milleran, Tablature de Luth … Continue reading

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Ester

An early celebration for Early Music Day as MusiCB3 uncovers the story of the library detective work that resulted in the finding of “Ester” – the world’s first Hebrew oratorio, unsung and believed lost for 200 years. @theULSpecColl @theUL @BBCRadio3@HGOpera Continue reading

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Lute Manuscripts at Cambridge

I spent quite a bit of my spare time during lockdown learning to play the lute. So naturally, I was excited when I discovered that Cambridge has some extraordinary lute manuscripts in its collection. I’ll highlight a few of the … Continue reading

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Roberto Gerhard

Catalan composer Roberto Gerhard (1896-1970) settled in Cambridge in 1940, after the Spanish civil war. Although main recognition of his achievements came perhaps later in his career, he has long been widely acknowledged as a key figure in the development … Continue reading

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Canzonette veneziane

Last October the second hand and antiquarian music dealer Travis & Emery circulated their occasional antiquarian music catalogue Sarum no. 58. One item caught my eye because in the last year or so I had updated the online records for … Continue reading

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In memoriam

  Following on from last week’s Halloween post, we will now look at the season of Allhallowtide from a religious angle. The triduum of All Saints’ Eve, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day is a time to remember saints, martyrs and our … Continue reading

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In search of Quixote

When not up to my neck in the world of MusiCB3, I read….a lot…probably far too much (if that’s possible). My current read is a novel that I’ve been meaning to tackle for a very long time – Don Quixote. It’s … Continue reading

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New Old Music: Hogwood collection highlights

Following in the footsteps of New Old Books and recent acquisitions posts on the Cambridge University Library Special Collections blog, this week will provide a little taster of music items purchased from the estate of Christopher Hogwood. Our new treasures include music manuscripts, early printed … Continue reading

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Encoding music

Cambridge University Library Music Department is taking part in the Cambridge Science Festival on March 12. Encoding music is an exciting drop-in event for all ages.  You can explore the evolution of music notation through the ages, following a trail through the library … Continue reading

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Musings on music resources

Once upon a time, when there were no online library catalogues or online library resources, music students and researchers would go to the library and browse through card catalogues and many printed reference works to find the answer to what … Continue reading

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