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Microfilm in MSPAL

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


This collection is split into four parts.

The originals are located in the Various Locations in England. Part 1 is located at Cambridge University & Ely Library. Part 2 can be found at Rowe Music Library. Parts 3 and 4 are both located at Fitzwilliam Museum.

The call number in MSPAL is ML96.4 .M86 1987.

Parts 1 and 2 of this collection are medieval sacred and secular music, and 16th and 17th century English lute and consort music. The most substantial complete autograph of part 3 is that of the anthem "O Praise the Lord with one consent," and there are also important fragments that fill gaps in the Royal Music Library autographs. Part 4 of the collection contains the Fitzwilliam Virginal book, the Paston part-books, the Tolquhon part-book, the Lowther lute-book, Lord Herbert of Cherbury's lute-book, and the Bull manuscript.

The four parts include but are not limited to:

  • Part 1: Music manuscripts before 1850 from Cambridge University Library and Ely Cathedral.
  • Part 2: Music manuscripts in the Rowe Music Library, King’s College.
  • Part 3: Handel manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum.
  • Part 4: English music manuscripts before c. 1880 in the Fitzwilliam Museum.

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