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Esther, a sacred oratorio in score

Esther, a sacred oratorio in score

Date: [1794]
Creator: Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759.
Description: This is a bound copy of a ca. 1794 score of "Esther," a sacred oratorio by Handel. The cover contains the inscription, "The works of Handel, edited by Dr. Arnold." It does not include the frontispiece preceding the t.p. According to the Grove Dictionary of Music, the English libretto of the oratorio was probably a collaborative work between John Arbuthnot and Alexander Pope with additional words by Samuel Humphreys. A table of contents appears on p. 185 with incipits of first lines of text of recitatives and aria. The performance medium includes: oboes (2), flute, bassoon (2), trumpet, strings (violins, viola, violoncello, and bass), harp, soloists (S) and mixed chorus (SATB), and basso continuo. The choral number that appears in the appendix on p.183, contains a note, "This chorus comes in page 122."
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Hercules : an oratorio in score

Hercules : an oratorio in score

Date: 1788-89
Creator: Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759.
Description: The plot of this oratorio centers around Hercules's death by an inadvertent action of his wife Dejanira. Handel set to music the English libretto by Rev. Thomas Broughton's English, based on Sophocles' Trachiniae, and additions from Ovid's Metamorphoses. The performance forces include: soloists (SATB) and mixed chorus with oboes (2) violins (2), viola, Bass (unspecifdied) and continue. The index that appears on p.248 contains the incipits of arias, recitative and choruses for each of the three acts.
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The gentle shepherd, a pastoral comedy

The gentle shepherd, a pastoral comedy

Date: 1796
Creator: Ramsay, Allan, 1686-1758.
Description: This is a copy of the libretto of the pastoral opera, "The gentle shepherd" by Allan Ramsey. It includes an engrave image bearing the inscription "Alan Ramsey Scotus," and "A. Ramsey, ad viv. del." (translatable as, drawing of the living subject) at the bottom left. It also bears the disclaimer and engraving signature, "Published according to Act of Parliament by D. Allan Edin, July 12, 1788" at the bottom right. The libretto includes twelve numbered plates depict various scenes from scenes of each act and include corresponding portions of text or dialog, melodies with figured bass, and a 15-page glossary at the end.
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Elements of Musical Composition; comprehending the Rules of Thorough Bass, and the Theory of Tuning.

Elements of Musical Composition; comprehending the Rules of Thorough Bass, and the Theory of Tuning.

Date: 1812
Creator: Crotch, William, 1775-1847.
Description: Manual describing musical composition for beginners. The manual is divided in 9 chapters and includes 479 musical examples engraved in 59 pages at the end of the book, as well as four plates with figures (plate no. II appears at the beginning of the book. The musical examples cover the following subjects: scales, intervals (diatonic and chromatic) and their inversion, counterpoint rules, harmonic progressions, use of non-harmonic tones (suspensions, passing notes, appoggiaturas, and upper-lower neighbor. It also includes several examples taken from Handel's "Dettingen Te Deum," "Messiah," and from Haydn's oratorio "Creation," among others.
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Variations brillantes sur la cavatine favorite Aurora sorgerai

Variations brillantes sur la cavatine favorite Aurora sorgerai

Date: [1830?]
Creator: Herz, Henri, 1803-1888.
Description: This is a digital copy of the ca. 1830 edition of Henri Herz's Brilliant variations for the piano forte on the cavatina "Aurora che sorcerai" from Rossini's two-act melodrama "La donna del lago," (i.e., The lady of the lake). The library's copy is part of a bound collection of piano music by variopus nineteenth-century composers. The pianist, and Herz's friend, Franz Hünten adapted several passages of the music to suit the range of the contemporaneous piano fortes. A note on the t.p. indicates that "Mrs. [Lucy] Anderson had the distinguished honor of performing this piece before their Majesties at Brighton." Plate no. 476.
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The musical library, vocal

The musical library, vocal

Date: 1849
Creator: Ayrton, William, 1777-1858.
Description: This is a digital copy of volumes 1 and 2 of "The musical library," a bound collection of part songs and songs with piano accompaniment edited by William Ayrton. It includes arrangements of famous nineteenth-century tunes, madrigals, ballads, canzones, elegies, and opera arias by various composers. The contents of each volume are given below: Vol. 1 Madrigal, “Awake, sweet love!” by John Dowland, pp. 1-3; Song, “Forgive me,” composed to German words by [Joseph] Haydn, pp. 4-5; Song, “Beneath the ocean’s swelling wave” from [Giovanni] Pacini’s opera “Niobe,” pp. 6-7; Duet, “Come opprima” from the opera “Enea nel Lazio” by [Vicenzo] Righini, pp. [8]-10; Song, “The kiss, dear maid! thy lip has left” by Felix Mendelssohn, p. 11; Glee, “Forgive, blest shade!” by Dr. [William Hutchins] Callcott, pp. 12-13; Song, “Toll, toll the knell” from the opera “Mahmoud” by Stephen Storace, pp. 14-[16]; Duet, “Two daughters of this aged stream are we” from the masque “King Arthur” by [Henry] Purcell, pp. 17-19; Song, “How deep the slumber of the floods!” by Carl Löwe, p. 20; Serenade, “Good morning” by [Wolfgang Amadeus] Mozart, p. 21; Song, “Jephtha’s daughter” by Carl Löwe, pp. 22-24; Canzonet, “Recollection” by [Joseph] Haydn, pp. 25-27; Madrigal, ...
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The musical library, vocal

The musical library, vocal

Date: 1849
Creator: Ayrton, William, 1777-1858.
Description: This is a digital copy of volumes 3 and 4 of "The musical library," a bound collection of part songs and songs with piano accompaniment edited by William Ayrton. It includes arrangements of famous nineteenth-century tunes, madrigals, ballads, canzones, elegies, and opera arias by various composers. The contents of each volume are given below: Vol. 3: Glee, "Desolate is the dwelling of Morna" by Dr. [William Hutchins] Callcott, pp. 1-5; Cavatina, "Col sorriso d'innocenzo," from the opera "Il pirata" by [Vicenzo] Bellini, pp. 6-7; A Brazilian Air, "And are these the mountains," U.A., pp. 8-9; Quartet, "Pieta di noi," from the comic opera "L'arbore di Diana" by Vicenzo Martini, pp. 10-13; Cantata, "From rosy Bow'rs" by [Henry] Purcell, pp. 14-19; Air (de trios notes), "Que le jour me dire!" by [Jean-Jacques] Rousseau, p. 20; Aria, "Infelice in tanti affani" by Carl Friedrich Zelter, pp. 21-23; Elegy, "Ye woods and ye mountains" by [William] Jackson (of Exeter), pp. 24-27; Romance, "Oh! forbear to bid me slight her" by [Johann Nepomuk] Hummel, p. [28]-29; Song, "No flower that blows," from the opera "Selima and Azor" by [Thomas] Linley (Senior), p. 29-31; Duetto, "Caro! Bella!," from the opera "Giulio Cesare" by [George Frideric] ...
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Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Volume 1

Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Volume 1

Date: 1879
Creator: Grove, George, Sir, 1820-1900.
Description: This is a copy of the first volume of "Dictionary of Music and Musicians," edited by Sir George Grove. This volume, published in 1879, is an encyclopedic work that contains the biographies of well-known composers as well as articles contributed by various authors on music topics, concepts and definitions starting alphabetically from: "A" (i.e., the sixth note in the scale of C major) to "I" (impromptu). The names of contributing authors appear in a list on pp.[vii]-viii), signed "Bedford Street, Covent Garden, April 1, 1879." The titles of volumes I and II, indicate that the dictionary was issued in three volumes. However, the titles of the third and fourth volumes changed that statement to indicate that the publication of the dictionary was in four volumes.
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Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Volume 2

Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Volume 2

Date: 1880
Creator: Grove, George, Sir, 1820-1900.
Description: This is a copy of the second volume of "Dictionary of Music and Musicians," edited by Sir George Grove. This volume, published in 1880, is an encyclopedic work that contains the biographies of well-known composers as well as articles contributed by various authors on music topics, concepts and definitions starting alphabetically from: "I" (improperia) to "P" (plain song). The names of contributing authors appear in a list on pp.[v]-vii, signed "Bedford Street, Covent Garden, October 1, 1880." The titles of volumes I and II, indicate that the dictionary was issued in three volumes. However, the titles of the third and fourth volumes changed that statement to indicate that the publication of the dictionary was in four volumes.
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Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Volume 3

Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Volume 3

Date: 1883
Creator: Grove, George, Sir, 1820-1900.
Description: This is a copy of the third volume of "Dictionary of Music and Musicians," edited by Sir George Grove. This volume, published in 1883, is an encyclopedic work that contains the biographies of well-known composers as well as articles contributed by various authors on music topics, concepts and definitions starting alphabetically from: "P" (Planché, James Robinson) to "S" (the title of the Medieval rota, "Sume is icumen in"). The names of contributing authors appear in a list on pp.[v]-vii, signed "29 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, July, 1883." The titles of volumes I and II, indicate that the dictionary was issued in three volumes. However, the titles of the third and fourth volumes changed that statement to indicate that the publication of the dictionary was in four volumes.
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