Music Manuscripts; Music Libraries; British Museum; Great Britain
ML 136 .L8 B72 1964
Hughes-Hughes, Augustus. Catalogue of Manuscript Music in the British Museum, 3 vols. London: The Trustees of the British Museum, 1906-9.
Reference all music manuscripts one of the largest manuscript collections in the world.
Content, physical nature as well as other information concerning the British Museum's collection. Although volume 3 contains an appendix of more recently added manuscripts, these only include works from 1906 to 1908.
Volume one indexes sacred vocal music. Volume two, secular vocal music. Volume three includes indexes of instrumental music, albums of mixed content (vocal and instrumental), music treatises, miscellaneous manuscripts, as well as an appendix of acquired manuscripts between 1906-8. Music manuscripts within a given volume are listed by subcategories of form (cannon, cantata etc.), genres (orchestral, chamber etc.), or type (treatise, history, dictionary etc.). Beyond traditional bibliographic information (title, composer etc.) entries include information concerning manuscript paper (approximate dates), manuscript size/organization, as well as a descriptive annotation of the music and its notation.
Thorough. Annotations are very helpful in elucidating the nature of the manuscripts.
The reference is incomplete given the date (1909) of the last volume's publication date.