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Archive of musicologist and former Heather Professor at the University of Oxford, Brian Trowell, reflecting his multifaceted academic interests and including an extensive collection of material relating to composer Peter Wishart, the singer and physiotherapist Lucie Manén and the National Association of University Music Staff.


  • Creation: 1945-2006, n.d.


8.0 Linear metres (58 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin
  • French

Conditions Governing Access

Analogue recordings in this archive are currently unavailable to order.

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 15785/1].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. 15785/1-23, MSS. Mus. a. 21-22; b. 554-587; c. 787-791; d. 316-332

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15785


Archive of Brian Trowell, including papers of Peter Wishart, Lucie Manén and the National Association of University Music Staff, 1945-2006, n.d.

Biographical / Historical

Brian Trowell (1931-2015) was a musicologist with interests in opera, early music and Elgar. In his early career he was a BBC radio opera producer, coach and translator; later he lectured at British and American universities (including University of Oxford where he was Heather Professor from 1988 until his retirement in 1996). Trowell also served on several committees of musical associations and editions. Further biographical details can be found in Grove Music Online.

Peter Wishart (1921-1984) was a lecturer and composer who studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. He is best known for his vocal music. Further details of his life and work can be found in Grove Music Online.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Rhianon Trowell, December 2016.

Separated Materials

Published music owned by Brian Trowell and Peter Wishart will be catalogued separately and available to order on SOLO.

2 recordings: 'Peter Wishart: 6 songs [and] Partita in F sharp', 1988 (tape) and 'Peter Wishart: complete works for piano & works by Constant Lambert', 2006 (CD) will also be catalogued separately and availabel to order on SOLO.

Concert programmes from this archive will be added to the Bodleian collection of concert programmes (Mus. 335 c. 5) with details entered into the Concert Programmes Database.

Catalogue of the archive of Brian Trowell, 1945-2006, n.d.
Margaret Czepiel
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom