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Microfilm in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

Figuring out microfilm in the Performing Arts Library

The Music Collection at the British Library

This collection is split into ten parts.

The originals are located in the British Library in London.

The call number at MSPAL is ML96.4 .B76 1983

This microfilm publication of music manuscripts includes the Roberts-bridge Codex, the Old Hall MS, the Fountains Fragments, the Fayrfax manuscripts, Ritson's MSS, King Henry VIII's MS, Gyffard Part-books, Lumley Part-books, the Mulliner Book, Baldwin's Commonplace Book, Myrriell's Tristitiae Remedium, Tregian's Anthology, Cosyn's Virginal Book, Will Foster's Virginal Book, John Stuart's Lute-book and Eliabeth Rogers' Virginal Book. Included in Parts Six, Seven and Eight are all the manuscript volumes that include music by Handel.

The 10 parts include but are not limited to:

  • Part 1: Polyphonic music before c. 1640, Section A
  • Part 2: Polyphonic music before c. 1640, Section B

  • Part 3: English music manuscripts c. 1640-1714, Section A

  • Part 4: English music manuscripts c. 1940-1714, Section B

  • Part 5: The Chapel Royal part-books, c. 1670-1850

  • Part 6: Handel manuscripts, Section A: Operas, serenades and odes

  • Part 7: Handel manuscripts, Section B: Oratorios and church music

  • Part 8: Handel manuscripts, Section C: Instrumental music, cantatas and other music

  • Part 9: English music manuscripts, c. 1714-1810, Section A

  • Part 10: English music manuscripts, c. 1714-1810, Section B

You can use the following links to locate the collection in UMD's catalog and to find complete listings for the 10 parts.