Western Libraries

Music in Micro-Formats

In addition to its printed scores, books and recordings, Western's Music Library holds significant microform collections of both printed and manuscript music, opera libretti, music periodicals, method books, instrumental tutors and catalogues - on microfilm, microfiche and microcard.

Click on the titles to view the bibliographic record and find the call number(s):

History of Music - from the Harvard Libraries - 107 reels

The History of Musical Instruments [microform] : manuals, tutors and méthodes - 36 reels


The New Musical Express and Blues & Soul - 36 reels

Twentieth-Century Composers, Reading, England. -  35 reels

includes

The Music Manuscripts of Sir Michael Tippett, Sir Arthur Bliss and Gerald Finzi - 18 reels

AND

The Elgar diaries, letters and manuscripts from Birmingham University Library [microform] - 17 reels

Women Composers Collection (U of Michigan) - 28 reels


Of the major collections offered through GALE/CENGAGE, particularly their Primary Source Microfilms series [the former Harvester Microfilms, Reading, UK; subsequently acquired by Research Publications - Woodbridge, CT]:

Italian Music Manuscripts, c. 1640-1820 - 285 reels

Music Manuscripts from the Great English Collections
- 994 reels

Printed Music Before 1800 - 330 reels

Venetian Opera Libretti - 41 reels

we  hold the complete "run" (1,875 reels =100%) of each of the above-named series (since 2008)!

As of January, 2009, we have begun to acquire GALE/CENGAGE's EUROPEAN MUSIC MANUSCRIPTS - SERIES 2 - SECTION B - MUSIC. Units 2 - 8, inclusive, offering access to the holdings of LISBON's BIBLIOTECA DA AJUDA (Portugal) and, as of 2011, EUROPEAN MUSIC MANUSCRIPTS - SERIES 3 - UNIT 1 - MUSIC, which features the music library of the Fundação Braganca, the Biblioteca da Paco Ducal de Vila Vicosa.

Additional collections (from other publishers) available for consultation at Western's Music Library include:

The Alfred Einstein collection [microfilm] 11reels

Early Music. Part 1 [microform] : the Pembroke Choir Books .
3 reels    + PRINTED INDEX

Early Printed & Manuscript Music in the Westminster Abbey Library [microfilm].
32 reels + PRINTED INDEX

The Oster collection [microfilm] : papers of Heinrich Schenker 47 reels          + PRINTED INDEX

Albert Schatz collection of opera librettos [microfilm] 244 reels + PRINTED INDEX + ONLINE INDEX courtesy the University of Virginia's Library Catalogue.

While microformats may not be the most convenient for performing purposes, they represent a major scholarly research resource for both performers and scholars alike. The Music Library has a self-service Canon Micro-Reader onsite - to facilitate viewing from either microfilm or microfiche.

Western's Music Library also has a micro-opaque reader for viewing microcards, however there are no facilities for copying microcards on the premises (nor are there any Canadian sites offering this service).

European Music Manuscripts from...

(Published by PRIMARY SOURCE MICROFILM / GALE-CENGAGE)

Series One:   ...the British Library, London. 

Austrian, French, German, Russian, Spanish and other European Music, c. 1640 - 1820

 UNIT #  CALL No. FINDING AID
UNIT ONE: reels 1-18
&
UNIT TWO
: reels 19-33

 M2.3.G7B7494 1998

 ML136.L6B7424 1998  unit 1

 ML136.L6B7424 1998  unit 2

PDF:  UNIT 1 // UNIT 2

Series Two:  ...in the Biblioteca da Ajuda, Lisbon
395 REELS

Section A: Music Before 1740 and Sacred Music

UNIT # CALL No. FINDING AID
UNIT ONE NOT YET ORDERED NOT YET ORDERED / PDF
UNIT TWO -
? ?  / PDF
     

Section B: Music 1740-1770

UNIT #

CALL No. FINDING AID

UNIT THREE - reels 1-33

M2.3.P68L5A43 2000 ML136.P67A63 2000 / PDF
UNIT FOUR - reels 34-66 M2.3.P68L5A44 2000 ML136.P67A64 2000 / PDF
UNIT FIVE - reels 67-98
M2.3.P68L5A45 2000 ML136.P67A65 2000 / PDF
UNIT SIX - reels 99-132
M2.3.P68L5A46 2000 ML136.P67A66 2000 / PDF
UNIT SEVEN - reels 133-165 M2.3.P68L5A47 2001 ML136.P67A67 2001 / PDF
UNIT EIGHT - reels 166-197 M2.3.P68L5A48 2001 ML136.P67A68 2001 / PDF

Section C: Music 1770-1820

UNIT NINE - reels 1-29 ML136.P67A69 2001 ML136.P67A69 2001 / PDF
UNITS 10 - 13 NOT YET ORDERED NOT YET ORDERED

From the Biblioteca da Paco Ducal de Vila Vicosa, Portugal

Series Three - Music from the Royal Theatres:

UNIT ONE - reels 1-60
M2.3.P68V5P33 2004 ML136.P67P33 2004 / PDF

Music Manuscripts from the Great English Collections

 - microfilm series - 994 reels
 
ORIGINATING LIBRARY SERIES ONE / PART / 113 REELS FINDING AIDS
Bodleian Library, Oxford UK

1 / 1 Unpublished Music mss. 16th/17th c. , Oxford Music School Collection 19 reels

paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide

Bodleian Library, Oxford UK 1 / 2 Court Odes - William Boyce 20 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide
Bodleian Library, Oxford UK 1 / 3 Music mss. - Maurice Greene and William Boyce 17 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide
Bodleian Library, Oxford Music School Collection, Oxford UK 1 / 4 Unpublished English Music mss., pre-1850, Section A 19 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide
Bodleian Library, Oxford UK 1 / 5 Unpublished English Music mss., pre-1850, Section B 23 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide
Bodleian Library, Oxford Music School Collection, Oxford UK 1 / 6 Unpublished Continental Music mss. 16th, 17th and 18th centuries 15 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide


ORIGINATING LIBRARY

SERIES TWO / PART / 87 REELS FINDING AIDS
Collection of St. Michael's College, Tenbury, Bodleian Library, Oxford UK 2 / 1 Unpublished English and Continental Music mss. before 1650 14 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide
Collection of St. Michael's College, Tenbury, Bodleian Library, Oxford UK 2 / 2 Unpublished English and Continental music mss. before 1650 19 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide
Collection of St. Michael's College, Tenbury, Bodleian Library, Oxford UK 2 / 3-4 Unpublished English Music mss. before 1650 44 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide pt.3
PDF-guide pt.4

Collection of St. Michael's College, Tenbury, Bodleian Library, Oxford UK 2 / 5 Unpublished English Music mss., 1650 -1800 10 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide

ORIGINATING LIBRARY

SERIES THREE / PART / 60 REELS FINDING AIDS
Christ Church, Oxford UK 3 / 1 Unpublished English Music mss. of the 16th and 17th centuries 21 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide
Christ Church, Oxford UK 3 / 2 Unpublished English Music mss. of the 16th and 17th centuries 24 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide
Christ Church, Oxford UK 3 / 3 Unpublished Continental Music mss. of the 16th and 17th centuries 15 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide

ORIGINATING LIBRARY

SERIES FOUR / PART / 291 REELS FINDING AIDS
British Library, London UK 4 / 1 Part One: Polyphonic Music Before c.1640, Section A 19 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide
British Library, London UK 4 / 2 Part Two: Polyphonic Music Before c.1640, Section B 22 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide
British Library, London UK 4 / 3-4 English Music Manuscripts c.1640-1714, Sections A and B 18 + 17 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide pt.3
PDF-guide pt.4
British Library, London UK 4 / 5 The Chapel Royal Part-Books in the British Library Royal Music Collection, c.1670-1850 19 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide
British Library, London UK 4 / 6 Handel manuscripts - Section A: Operas, Serenades and Odes 23 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide
British Library, London UK 4 / 7 Handel manuscripts - Section B: Oratorios and Church Music 22 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide
British Library, London UK 4 / 8 Handel manuscripts - Section C: Instrumental Music, Cantatas and Other Music 17 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide
British Library, London UK 4 / 9 English Music Manuscripts, c.1714-1810, Section A 22 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide
British Library, London UK 4 / 10 English Music Manuscripts, c.1714-1810, Section B 24 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide
British Library, London UK 4 / 11 British Music Manuscripts, c.1810 - c.1900 from the Egerton and Additional Manuscripts 19648-30925 30 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-not available
British Library, London UK 4 / 12 British Music Manuscripts, c.1810 - c.1900 from the Additional Manuscripts 31415-35120 31 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-not available
British Library, London UK 4 / 13 British Music Manuscripts, c.1810 - c.1900 from the Additional Manuscripts 36524-60495 and Royal Music 27 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-not available

ORIGINATING LIBRARY

SERIES FIVE / PART / 159 REELS FINDING AIDS
Royal College of Music, London, UK 5 / 1-2 English Music Manuscripts Before c.1800, Sections A and B 20 + 16 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide pt.1
PDF-guide pt.2

Royal College of Music, London, UK 5 / 3-6 Continental Music Manuscripts before 1850 17 + 17 + 17 + 17 reels
Royal College of Music, London, UK 5 / 7-8 English Music Manuscripts c.1800-c.1870, Sections A and B 16 + 16 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide pt.7
PDF-guide pt.8
Royal College of Music, London, UK 5 / 9 English Music Manuscripts, c.1870-1930, Sections A and B 23 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide pt.9

ORIGINATING LIBRARY

SERIES SIX / PART / 142 REELS FINDING AIDS
Cambridge Libraries, Cambridge, UK 6 / 1 Music Manuscripts before 1850 from Cambridge University Library and Ely Cathedral 11 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide
Cambridge Libraries, Cambridge, UK 6 / 2 Music Manuscripts in the Rowe Music Library, King's College 37 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide
Cambridge Libraries, Cambridge, UK 6 / 3 Handel Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum 18 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide
Cambridge Libraries, Cambridge, UK 6 / 4 English Music Manuscripts before c.1880 in the Fitzwilliam Museum 21 reels
Cambridge Libraries, Cambridge, UK 6 / 5 Continental Music Manuscripts from the Fitzwilliam Museum; Section A 27 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide
Cambridge Libraries, Cambridge, UK 6 / 6 Continental Music Manuscripts from the Fitzwilliam Museum; Section B 28 reels

ORIGINATING LIBRARY

SERIES SEVEN / PART / 66 REELS FINDING AIDS
Royal Academy of Music, London UK 7 / 1 Part One: British and Continental Music Manuscripts; Section A 24 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide
Royal Academy of Music, London UK 7 / 2 Part Two: British and Continental Music Manuscripts; Section B 23 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide
Royal Academy of Music, London UK 7 / 3 Part Three: Previously Uncatalogued Music Manuscripts 19 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide

ORIGINATING LIBRARY

SERIES EIGHT / PART / 53 REELS FINDING AIDS
Gerald Coke Handel Collection 8 / 1 Manuscripts. of individual works 21 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide
Gerald Coke Handel Collection 8 / 2 Composite volumes and miscellanies; additional printed and manuscript items 13 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide
Gerald Coke Handel Collection 8 / 3 Shaftesbury manuscripts. 19 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide

ORIGINATING LIBRARY

SERIES NINE / PART / 23 REELS FINDING AIDS
St. George's Chapel - Windsor 9 / 1 Music Mss. from Chapel and Cathedral Libraries 23 reels paper / CD-ROM
PDF-guide
 

Printed Music Before 1800 a.k.a. British Printed Music

-microfilm series- 330 reels

ORIGINATING LIBRARY

SECTION / REELS FINDING AIDS
British Library, London, UK

Unit One: Individual Composers, Pre-1650
Unit Two: Anthologies and Tract Volumes, Pre-1650
24 + 14 reels

paper (pt.1 & pt.2)
British Library, London, UK Unit Three: 1650-1750 - Individual Composers A-H and Tract Volumes A-H
Unit Four: 1650-1750 -
Individual Composers I-S
- 28 + 18 reels

paper
(n.b. pt.1 = Unit 3)
(n.b. pt 2 = Unit 4)

British Library, London, UK Unit Five: 1650-1750 - Individual Composers T-Y Tract Volumes I-Y and Anthologies 1650-1700 22 reels
British Library, London, UK Unit Six: 1650-1750 - Anthologies, 1700-1750 25 reels
British Library, London, UK Unit Seven: 1650-1750
Handel: Operas, Oratorios, Masques and Odes
25 reels
British Library, London, UK Unit Eight: 1650-1750 - Handel: Duets and Trios, Arias and Songs, Church Music and Instrumental Music 21 reels
British Library, London, UK Unit Nine: 1750-1800 Individual Composers A-B and Tract Volumes A-B 33 reels
British Library, London, UK Unit Ten: 1750-1800 Individual Composers C-E and Tract Volumes C-E 20 reels
British Library, London, UK Unit Eleven: 1750-1800 Individual Composers F-J and Tract Volumes 32 reels
British Library, London, UK Unit Twelve: 1750-1800 Individual Composers K-Monroe and Tract Volumes K-Monroe
20 reels
British Library, London, UK Unit Thirteen: 1750-1800 Individual Composers Montlivault-Schmid and Tract Volumes Montlivault-Schmid 20 reels
British Library, London, UK Unit Fourteen: 1750-1800 Individual Composers and Tract Volumes Schroeder-Z
28 reels

Italian Music Manuscripts - c.1640 - c.1820

-microfilm series-

ORIGINATING LIBRARY

SECTION / 285 REELS FINDING AIDS
 
British Library, London UK Section A: Italian Music Mss. c.1640 - c.1720
(pts. 1-3 on  46 reels)
paper
PDF-guide pt.1
PDF-guide pt.2
PDF-guide pt.3
British Library, London UK Section B: Italian Music Mss. c.1720 - c.1740
(pts. 1-4 on 79 reels - or 77 ??)
paper
PDF-guide pt.1
PDF-guide pt.2
PDF-guide pt.3
PDF-guide pt.4
British Library, London UK Section C: Italian Music Mss. c.1740 - c.1770
(pts. 1-3 on 60 reels)
paper
PDF-guide pt.1
PDF-guide pt.2
PDF-guide pt.3

British Library, London UK Section D: Italian Music Mss. c.1770 - c.1820
(pts. 1-4) 100 reels
paper
PDF-guide pt.1
PDF-guide pt.2
PDF-guide pt.3
PDF-guide pt.4

Venetian Opera Libretti

- microfilm series - 41 reels

ORIGINATING LIBRARY

REELS FINDING AIDS
 
University of California, Los Angeles USA 41 reels containing 1,286 libretti printed in Venice, 1637 - 1769 paper / PDF-guide

Women Composers Collection

- microfilm series - 28 reels

ORIGINATING LIBRARY

REELS FINDING AIDS
 
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor USA 28 reels Music, principally by European and North American women composers, originally published between ca. 1780 and 1950. paper / PDF-guide
2015-07-28 LRP