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Additional material from the archive of Gerald Finzi


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Music and music-related material from the archive of Gerald Finzi and his family. The collection includes a great number of manuscripts in Finzi's hand (mostly copies of music by other composers), manuscripts or dyeline and photocopies of works by other composers, sets of parts used by the Newbury String Players and other miscellaneous material, including autographs of Elizabeth Maconchy, Hubert Parry and Ralph Vaughan Williams.


  • Creation: [mid-18th cent.]-1992, n.d.


8.0 Linear metres (92 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Mainly English.

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Mus. a.15].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. 12966/1-4, MS. 12966 Photogr. 1, MSS Mus. a.15-18, MSS. Mus. b.485-500, MSS. Mus. c.716-777 and MSS. Mus. d.311-315

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12966


Part of the archive of the composer Gerlad Finzi consisting mainly of music manuscripts, [mid-18th cent.]-1992, n.d.

Biographical / Historical

Gerald Finzi (1901–1956) was a British composer and founder of the Newbury String Players. For details of his life and work see Oxford Music Online.

Custodial History

The present part of the Finzi archive was originally donated to the Reading University Library in 1974 by the composer's wife Joy. After the closure of the University's Music Department in 2004, the material was transferred to the Bodleian on the suggestion of the Finzi Trust.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the Reading University Library through the Finzi Trust, 2016 and 2017.

Related Materials

Gerald Finzi's manuscripts of published and unpublished works, mainly by other composers, with drafts, notes and unfinished pieces already at the Bodleian Library, MSS. Mus. b.33-34, 43, 114, 118-119,393; c.376-398, 448-450, 550, 586 and e.57-82.

Separated Materials

Concert flyers and programmes from this archive were added to the Bodleian collection of concert programmes with details entered into the Concert Programmes Database.

Catalogue of additional material from the archive of Gerald Finzi, [mid-18th cent.]-1992, 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