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Music composed and written or copied by Felix Mendlessohn Bartholdy, some annotated or written by others, with some printed material, [c 1830-1970s?]

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(fols. 1-10) Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847): 'Overture to the Isles of Fingal. Arranged as a duet for two performers on the pianoforte. FMB'. Op. 26. Autograph. Dated at the end (fol. 9) 'London 19th June 1832' and inscribed 'Für Marie und Sophie Horsley zu Erinnerung an Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy'. In the inscription Mendelssohn seems to have 'Germanized' the script of the names (including his own) as a joke. The inscription may have been written later than the date. The title 'Overture to the Isles of Fingal' on the front wrapper (fol. 1) is in the hand of Elizabeth Hutchins Horsley. Oblong folio (230 x 300 mm). Watermark: A. King/1829. 14 staves to a page.

(fols. 12-13v) Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: autograph drafts of two piano pieces: 'Lied' [ohne Worte], op. 38 no. 1, headed 'H.d.m.' (fol. 12r+v); 'Praeludium', op. 35 no. 4, headed 'H.d.m' and dated at the end 'Leipzig d. 7ten Oct. 1836' (fol. 13r+v). There were originally two further leaves between fols. 12 and 13, of which only the stubs remain. Folio (290 x 215 mm). Wove paper. 16 staves to a page.

(fols. 15-16) Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: 'Der Blumenstrauss. Lied von C. Klingemann', op. 47 no. 5. Autograph fair copy. Inscribed at the end 'An Fräulein Fanny Horsley mit der Bitte um freundliche Erinnerung an Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Leipzig den 28 Februar 1839'. Oblong folio (225 x 190 mm). Wove paper. 14 staves to a page.

(fols. 17-18) Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: 'Ein Lied ohne Worte für das Piano von FMB', op. 53 no. 1. Autograph fair copy. Inscribed at the end 'An Fräulein Sophie Horsley zu freundlichem Andenken an Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Leipzig d. 28 Februar 1839'. Oblong folio (225 x 290 mm). Wove paper. 14 staves to a page.

(fol. 19r+v) Fanny Hensel: 'Der Mayabend. [Song. Words by] Voss', op. 9 no. 5. Copy by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Inscribed at the end 'Fanny Hensel. Für treue Abschrift Felix Mendelssohn B.' Probably copied from Fanny's presentation copy for Felix, in his album (MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn d. 8, fol. 73v), which is dated 12 May 1830 (fol. 19r); 2 songs: Albert Methfessel: 'So mancher mögt ihr Blümchen sein'; [Anon.]: P.J. Fournes: 'Schläfst sanft in deinem Kämmerlein'. English copy, c 1830 (fol. 19v). Oblong folio (240 x 297 mm). English paper, watermarked 1828. 16 staves to a page.

(fol. 20r+v) Orlando di Lasso: 'Motetta 5 vocum Orlando Lasso'. Begins: Popule meus. Score in the hand of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Inscribed at the end 'Copied for Mr. Horsley from a manuscript at the Cologn [sic] cathedral. FMB'. Sent to William Horsley late 1833. 305 x 317 mm. Watermark: C(?G) F(?E) A F(?E). 16 staves to a page.

(fols. 21-33) Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Elijah: an oratorio. Printed programme/word book for the performance at Exeter Hall, London, 23 Apr 1847. Inscribed on the fly-leaf 'Seiner lieben Freundinn Sophy Horsley. Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. London d. 8te Mai 1847, bei der Abreise'.

(fol. 34r+v) Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: 2 songs: 'Frage. [Words by] H. Voss, op. 9 no. 1; 'Gestaendniss', op. 9 no. 2. Copyist's hand. Oblong folio (233 x 303 mm). Wove paper. 14 staves to a page. Fol. 34r is stamped 'I.K.B. [i.e. Isambard Kingdom Brunel, whom Mary Horsley married in 1836] 18 Duke Street, Westminster'.

(fols. 35v-36v) Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: 'There be none of beauty's daughters'. Song. Words by Lord Byron. Untitled and unattributed. Copyist's hand, probably copied from the autograph. Dated at the end 'London, 3 Aug. 1833' (the date of composition). Folio (315 x 245 mm). Wove paper. 12 staves to a page.

(fols. 37-40) Manuscript 'playbill' for a performance of The magician (see following item) at 'Kensington Theatre Royal' [i.e. really the Horsley home at High Row] on 5 Jan 1833, in Fanny Horsley's hand, with later notes by John Callcott Horsley (1887) and Rosamund Gotch (1934) about Mendelssohn's supposed presence on the occasion.

(fols. 41-54) Sophy Horsley (1819-1894): 'The magician. An operatic tragedy. The music composed by Sophy Horsley. Jany. 1833'. With piano accompaniment (the overture for piano duet). Autograph (fols. 41-50), with a modern copy (1970s?) by Katherine Hudson of the secondo part of the overture (fols. 51-53).

(fols. 55-56) Sophy Horsley: 'The banks o' Doon'. Song. Words by Robert Burns. At end 'SHH. Nov. 15 1835'. Copyist's hand (probably another member of the Horsley family). Oblong folio (242 x 305 mm). Watermark date: 1810. 15 staves to a page.

(fols. 57-58) John Wall Callcott (1766-1821): 'Lauriston. In the autograph of Dr. Callcott. An unpublished song'. Dated in caption: March 31, 1814. Oblong folio (230 x 292 mm). Watermark: K CHILTON MILL. 10 staves to a page.

(fols. 59-60) [John Wall Callcott]: 3 hymns for voice and organ (bass line only): 'To God the Lord a hymn of praise' (fol. 59); 'The friendless poor from all their wants' (fol. 59v); 'The God that doth in Sion dwell' (fols. 59v-60). Autograph, undated. Oblong folio (240 x 295 mm). Watermark: J WHATMAN. 10 staves to a page.

(fols. 61-73) Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Printed score of Ave Maria, op. 23 no. 2 (Bonn, [1832]). Probably a proof copy, with the title-page blank but inscribed by William Horsley 'Ave Maria by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Presented by him to Wm. Horsley, M.B. Oxon'. A few corrections in pencil were probably made by Horsley. Formerly kept in an envelope (fol. 74).

(fols. 75-76a) William Horsley (174-1858): Printed score of 'Come gentle zephyr. The poetry by Raunie' ([London]: Clementi, [c 1830]). Glee for ATTB. Inscribed by the composer 'To Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy with the author's kindest regards'. Probably returned to the Horsley family by Paul Benecke.

(fol. 77) Lithographed portrait of William Horsley, 'drawn from life by John Callcott Horsley and on stone by R.J. Lane A.R.A. Published Jany 1832 by J. Dickinson ... for Collard & Co.' 282 x 205 mm.

(fols. 78-79v) License from Dulwich College to Muzio Clementi, 22 March 1823, permitting the lease of No. 1 High Row, Kensington Gravel Pits to be assigned to William Horsley. Folio (320 x 205 mm).

(fols. 80-1) 'Professional memoir of Wm Horsley, M.B. Oxon'. In the hand of Elizabeth Hutchins Horsley. Fol. 81 is blank, and there may have been other sheets inserted, now lost, since fol. 80v ends in the middle of a sentence. Quarto (252 x 204 mm).

(fols. 82-83v): William Horsley: 'Memorandum, and hints, for all those whom I love, & may leave behind me. Jany 7, 1846'. In the hand of Elizabeth Hutchings Horsley. Inscribed 'Copy of my husband's memorandum' (fol. 83v). Quarto (252 x 202 mm).

(fols. 84-5v) William Horsley: 'Memorandum, and hints, for all those whom I love, and may leave behind me. Jany 7, 1846'. Autograph. Quarto (230 x 190 mm).

(fols. 86-98v) Copies by John Callcott Horsley (1817-1903) of his letters to Sir George Grove, 4, 5, 16, 19 Sep 1879. Octavo (205 x 130 mm).

(fols. 99-100) Two copies of the lithograph of Mendelssohn's watercolour of 'Lurgenstein's Garten, Leipzig, the seat of Felix Mendelssohn Bart. To Mrs. Fanny Thompson this plate is respectfully inscribed by the author. London 30 Mai 1844'. The inscription is part of the lithograph reproduction. Oblong quarto (222 x 288 mm).

(fol. 100) Lithograph of Mendelssohn's watercolour of 'Leipzig. Königs-Strasse no. 5. 1847 d. 31 Januar. An Fanny Thompson'. The inscription is part of the lithograph reproduction. Oblong quarto (222 x 288 mm).

y (fols. 102-3) The Mendelssohn family tree, starting with Moses Mendelssohn and continuing in ink to the fifth generation, with some further additions in pencil. Early 20th cent. On two sheets (each 270 x 365 mm).

(fols. 104-105) Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Opening 57 bars of the piano part of the third movement of the Piano concerto no. 1 in G minor, op. 25. Copied by the composer for Sophy Horsley, and inscribed at the end 'Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, no. 1 High Row, Kensington Gravel Pits, den 20sten Juny 1832'. Photocopy of the original now in the Britten-Pears Library.

Dates

  • [c 1830-1970s?]

Extent

1 box

Language of Materials

  • German
  • English

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MS. Horsley b. 1

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