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Microfilm in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

Figuring out microfilm in the Performing Arts Library

The Music Collection at Christ Church

This collection is split into three parts.

The originals are located in Christ Church in Oxford.

The call number at MSPAL is ML96.4 .M87 1981

Part 1 is particularly rich in masses, motets, madrigals and anthems, of the 17th-century English Masters -- Sheppard, Taverner, Tallis, Byrd, the Lawes Brothers, the Gibbons Family, the Commonwealth Oxford Group, Jenkins, Locke, Blow and the Purcell brothers. More than 4,000 individual pieces of music in manuscript are contained in the 237 volumes included in the second part. Sacred, secular, instrumental and vocal works are all included in the third part, along with a collection of cantatas. Of special interest are the sole surviving sources of two operas by Alessandro Scarlatti.

The three parts include but are not limited to:

  • Part 1: Unpublished English music manuscripts of the 16th and 17th centuries
  • Part 2: Unpublished English music manuscripts of the 16th and 17th centuries

  • Part 3: Unpublished continental music manuscripts of the 16th and 17th centuries

You can use the following links to locate the collection in UMD's catalog and to find complete listings for the three parts.