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Microfilm in MSPAL

A guide to microfilm in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library.


Please note the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library does not own all ten parts of this series. Please see below for an overview of which parts are owned. In addition, please consult the catalog of the UMD Libraries to verify which parts and with reels are owned and available.

This series reproduces selected music manuscripts held by the British Library in London.

The call number in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library 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.

This collection is split into ten parts. At the time of writing, the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library owns Part 1, and Parts 6-10. To confirm the library owns a particular reel or part, please see the catalog record for the set, then under All Locations, click Availability. 

The parts the library owns have the following titles:

  • Part 1: Polyphonic music before c. 1640, section A.
  • 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.

To identify a particular work or manuscript within the microfilm set, the easiest thing to do is to use the following online indices: