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Act I of Il barbiere di Siviglia, opera buffa by Gioachino Rossini

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MS. Mus. c. 589

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Il barbiere di Siviglia, opera buffa in two acts composed by Gioachino Rossini in 1816 to the libretto by Cesare Sterbini after Beaumarchais’ Le barbier de Séville.

Full score of Act 1 only, in the hand of five English copyists, c 1818 (watermark dates, 1817 and 1818), i + 289 leaves. The title-page and bars 1-122 of the overture are missing. Used as a conducting score, and with directions to the copyists of parts. Almost certainly prepared for the London premiere of the opera at the King's Theatre, Haymarket, on 10 March 1818. Possibly copied from an Italian copy now in the New York Public Library (Music Reserve *MSI), which was probably copied directly from the autograph score, and which was sent to England and used by the music publisher Birchall (see the critical commentary to the edition by Alberto Zedda (Milan, Ricordi, 1969)).


  • Creation: [1818]


290 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Italian

Preferred Citation

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MS. Mus. c. 589

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16090


Act I of Il barbiere di Siviglia, opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini, [1818].

Biographical / Historical

Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) was a composer. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Custodial History

Former shelfmark (Faculty of Music Library): M.S.L. 3.c.47.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Faculty of Music Library, 1995.

Physical Facet

Binding: half calf with marbled paper covered boards.


Oblong folio (240 × 295 mm)

'Il barbiere di Siviglia' by Gioachino Rossini
EAD version 2019 by Hannah Jordan and Margaret Czepiel
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom