Tag Archives: music manuscripts

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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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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Cambridge manuscripts and RISM Sigla

RISM (Repertoire Internationale des Sources Musicales) has recently made an announcement about a new web site for their library sigla. RISM library sigla comprise three elements: a Country code (usually the same as used for motor vehicles), a Town code in … 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 Man Who Brought You Mahler’s Tenth Symphony…

Work has begun on the preservation and cataloguing of the personal archive of Deryck Cooke (1919-76), which as explained in the press release was donated to the UL by Cooke’s partner Hazel Hyde in 2010. This project has been made … Continue reading

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From the Chrysanthemum Pavilion

Some of the most interesting and unusual items in the music collections are those that have been donated. These come from many sources, and cover all types of music. Some of the rarest material is in the Laurence Picken collection. … 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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Sound and silence

In my last post Can you hear the music? I wrote about the use of music in the screening of silent films, and mentioned the silent film scores for The epic of Everest  and for the opening night of the … Continue reading

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Can you hear the music?

I’ve recently been cataloguing a silent film score. Yes – you did read that correctly; odd as it sounds music played a huge part in silent films. Most cinemas had their own orchestra or instrumental ensemble, with only the smallest or most … Continue reading

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Writing for the movies

Among the UL’s music collections are a number of manuscript film scores. These include items in the archives of : Arthur Bliss, Roberto Gerhard, William Alwyn, and Doreen Carwithen. William Alwyn, in particular, was a prolific composer of movie scores. … Continue reading

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