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William Sommerlad: 'In an Eastern city' for theatre orchestra

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MS. Mus. c. 640

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'In an Eastern city' for theatre orchestra by William Sommerlad. ?Autograph piano conductor score and parts (with a extra copy of the piano conductor in a copyist's hand).

The title is found only on the wrapper in which the parts were enclosed; this has a note by Robert Bruce: 'These were saved from the band cupboard of the New Theatre, Oxford, 1975'. The composer led the theatre's orchestra.

The caption title is '3 movements Eastern character', and the movements are Scherzo (A Moslem holiday), Andante (Hashish), and Marche (The Pascha is coming).


  • Creation: [c 1930?]


64 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark, e.g. MS. Mus. c. 640, fols. 1-2].

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MS. Mus. c. 640

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15968


Autograph conductor score and parts of William Sommerlad's 'In an Eastern city', [c 1930?].

Biographical / Historical

Biographical details of William Sommerlad are unknown. It may be that it is the same person as or a relative of Gilbert Sommerlad (1904-1976), a rehearsal pianist and orchestral violinist at the Theatre Royal in Brighton from 1932 until 1936, and at the New Theatre in Oxford from 1936 for over forty years. Gilbert Sommerlad is also known for his caricature sketches of actors amd musicians - see the V&A website.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given, 1975.

Physical Facet

12 staves to a page.


Folio (305 × 245 mm)

'In an Eastern city' by William Sommerlad
EAD version 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom