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Full score of 'Princess Ida' by Sir Arthur Sullivan, prepared with the aid of three copyists from incomplete drafts

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MS. Don. c. 89

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Full score of 'Princess Ida' by Sir Arthur Sullivan, prepared with the aid of three copyists from incomplete drafts for the use of the copyists of performing score and parts, c. 1883. The music is complete, but passages occurring more than once are indicated by numbers over the bars.
  1. A skeleton score, consisting usually of ice poarts, was written by Sullivan himself except on fols. 21-2v, 33-4v, 62-9 and 110-12v, where it was the work of a copyist. The score was completed and corrections were made by Sullivan at various times
  2. In introduction, bars 1-12 on fols. 1v-2 and the bars numbered 1-22 on fols. 3v-4v were transcribed by the second copyist, with the guidance of violin, flute and oboe parts in Sullivan's and, according to the blue-pencilled instructions on fols.30 and 3v
  3. Fols. 24-6 , containing no.4, are in the hand of the third copyist, who also wrote titles on fols. 7 and 50.
Blank leaves occur at ends of numbers, and where substantial alterations were made at fols. 73v, 75v, 155v. Fols. 43, 73, 75, 146 and 155 were inserted.

Dates

  • c. 1883

Extent

171 Leaves

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Don. c. 89, fols. 1-2]
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Shelfmark:

MS. Don. c. 89

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 10839

Overview

Full score of 'Princess Ida' by Sir Arthur Sullivan, prepared with the aid of three copyists from incomplete drafts, c.1883

Biographical / Historical

Sir Arthur Sullivan, 1842-1900, was an English composer and conductor.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by the Friends of the Bodleian with the help of the Sullivan Manuscripts Fund, Hugh Wontner, Bridget D'Oyly Carte, the D'Oyly Carte Opera Trust, and Victor Allcord, 1966.

Physical Facet

The same paper was used throughout except for fols. 24-7. 18 printed staves to a page, stamped, lIard-Esnault, 25 Rue Feydeau, Paris. The sheets were ruled for 8 or 10 bars of score according to need: instructio0 for ruling are pencilled at the top left corner at the beginning of most numbers. A recurring note, 'Frame done. G.B.1 seems to refer to this stage of preparation. Half green morocco binding, leaves much cropped
Title
Full score of 'Princess Ida' by Sir Arthur Sullivan, prepared with the aid of three copyists from incomplete drafts
Status
Completed
Date
EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
Language of description
English

Repository Details

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