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Gioachino Rossini: 'Semiramide. Opera seria'


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'Semiramide. Opera seria' by Gioachino Rossini. In two acts. Libretto by Gaetano Rossi after Voltaire. Full score, in abbreviated form (repeated orchestral passages not written out), divided into four volumes.

Composite score, made from two separate Italian(?) copyists' manuscripts, c 1830? The first (opening of Act 1, paginated 1-155) is continued by the second (remainder of Act 1, paginated 143-748, and the whole of Act 2). Six bars of music (Act 1 no. 1, bars 338-343) are in fact missing where the manuscripts join (although this is not obvious). The first copyist's pages are guarded onto stubbs, those of the second are inlaid.


  • Creation: c 1830?


0.6 Linear metres (4 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • Italian

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [MS. Mus. c. 554, fols. 1-2]

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Mus. c. 554-557

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16056


Abbreviated full score of 'Semiramide', opera seria by Gioachino Rossini, c 1830?

Biographical / Historical

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

Custodial History

Bookplate of James Bellamy (1819-1909), St John's College, Oxford. Former Music Students' Library shelfmark: M.S.L. 3. c. 48 a-d.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Faculty of Music Library, 1995.

Physical Facet

Four volumes bound in half green morocco.


Oblong folio

'Semiramide. Opera seria' by Gioachino Rossini
EAD version 2019
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom