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Music bequeathed by T. W. Bourne

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T. W. Bourne's collection of music was bequeathed to the library in 1948. Bourne's primary interest was in Handel and he collected large numbers of early editions of Handel's music, along with manuscripts of music by Handel and other 18th-century (chiefly Italian) composers. The manuscript portion of the collection described here includes music by Handel, Geminiani, Carissimi, Steffani, Pergolesi, Pepusch, Pitoni and others. The printed editions are included in the SOLO catalogue.

Dates

  • 1601-1902

Extent

2.20 linear metres (20 boxes)

Language of Materials

Italian and English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark, e.g. MS. Mus. b.19].
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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Mus. b. 19, c. 102-108, d. 211-221 and e. 34

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 8600

Overview

Collection of mostly 18th-century manuscript music bequeathed by the pioneering Handel scholar, Thomas William Bourne (1862-1948), 1601-1902.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas William Bourne (1862-1948) was a pioneering scholar of the music of Handel. See Thomas Armstrong, 'T. W. Bourne (1862–1948): a forgotten pioneer', The Handel Institute Newsletter, 3/1 (1992) and the introduction to Robert J. Bruce's unpublished Catalogue of the Bequest of Music by T. W. Bourne (1862-1948) for further details.

George Frederick Handel (1685-1759) was a composer and performer. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674) was a composer. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Ottavio Pitoni (1657-1743) was a composer and writer on music. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Agostino Steffani (1654-1728) was a composer, churchman and diplomat. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Johann Christopher Pepusch (1667-1752) was a composer and theorist. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Francesco Geminiani (1680-1762) was a composer, violinist and theorist. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Johann Mattheson (1681-1764) was a composer, critic and music journalist. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bequeathed by T. W. Bourne, 1948.

Related Materials

A further manuscript from Bourne's collection, containing cantatas and songs by Handel (partly autograph), can be found at MS. Don. c. 69. Music composed and arranged by Bourne, photographs, etc. are described separately.

Bibliography

  • Thomas Armstrong, 'T. W. Bourne (1862–1948): a forgotten pioneer', The Handel Institute Newsletter, 3/1 (1992)
  • Robert J. Bruce, Catalogue of the bequest of music by T. W. Bourne (1862-1948), Bodleian Library, 2016 (unpublished)
Title
Music bequeathed by T. W. Bourne
Status
Completed
Date
EAD version 2019 by Hannah Jordan and Margaret Czepiel
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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