Music in Micro-Formats

In addition to its printed scores, books and recordings, Western Libraries 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):

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

We have begun to acquire GALE/CENGAGE's European Music Manuscripts - Series 2 - Seciton 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 the Music Library include:

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

Published by primary source microfilem / GALE-CENGAGE.

Series One: The British Library, London

Austrian, French, German, Russian, Spanish and other European Music, c. 1640 - 1820
Unit Number Call Number Finding Aid
Unit One: reels 1-18 M2.3.G7B7494 1998 ML136.L6B7424 1998 unit 1, PDF,
Unit Two: reels 19-33 ML136.L6B7424 1998 unit 2, PDF

Series Two: In the Biblioteca da Ajuda, Lisbon, 395 Reels

Section A: Music Before 1740 and Sacred Music
Unit Number Call Number Finding Aid
Unit One Not yet ordered Not yet ordered, PDF
Unit Two ? ? PDF
Section B: Music 1740-1770
Unit Number Call Number 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 Number Call Number Finding Aid
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 Number Call Number Finding Aid
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 / Part / Reels Finding Aids
Bodleian Library, Oxford UK 1 / 1 Unpublished Music mss. 16th/17th c. , Oxford Music School Collection, 19 reels
Bodleian Library, Oxford UK 1 / 2 Court Odes - William Boyce, 20 reels
Bodleian Library, Oxford UK 1 / 3 Music mss. - Maurice Greene and William Boyce, 17 reels
Bodleian Library, Oxford Music School Collection, Oxford UK 1 / 4 Unpublished English Music mss., pre-1850, Section A, 19 reels
Bodleian Library, Oxford UK 1 / 5 Unpublished English Music mss., pre-1850, Section B, 23 reels
Bodleian Library, Oxford Music School Collection, Oxford UK 1 / 6 Unpublished Continental Music mss. 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, 15 reels
Collection of St. Michael's College, Tenbury, Bodleian Library, Oxford UK 2 / 1 Unpublished English and Continental Music mss. before 1650, 14 reels
Collection of St. Michael's College, Tenbury, Bodleian Library, Oxford UK 2 / 2 Unpublished English and Continental music mss. before 1650, 19 reels
Collection of St. Michael's College, Tenbury, Bodleian Library, Oxford UK 2 / 3-4 Unpublished English Music mss. before 1650, 44 reels
Collection of St. Michael's College, Tenbury, Bodleian Library, Oxford UK 2 / 5 Unpublished English Music mss., 1650 -1800, 10 reels
Christ Church, Oxford UK 3 / 1 Unpublished English Music mss. of the 16th and 17th centuries, 21 reels
Christ Church, Oxford UK 3 / 2 Unpublished English Music mss. of the 16th and 17th centuries, 24 reels
Christ Church, Oxford UK 3 / 3 Unpublished Continental Music mss. of the 16th and 17th centuries, 15 reels
British Library, London UK 4 / 1 Part One: Polyphonic Music Before c.1640, Section A, 19 reels
British Library, London UK 4 / 2 Part Two: Polyphonic Music Before c.1640, Section B, 22 reels
British Library, London UK 4 / 3-4 English Music Manuscripts c.1640-1714, Sections A and B, 18 + 17 reels
British Library, London UK 4 / 5 The Chapel Royal Part-Books in the British Library Royal Music Collection, c.1670-1850, 19 reels
British Library, London UK 4 / 6 Handel manuscripts - Section A: Operas, Serenades and Odes, 23 reels
British Library, London UK 4 / 7 Handel manuscripts - Section B: Oratorios and Church Music, 22 reels
British Library, London UK 4 / 8 Handel manuscripts - Section C: Instrumental Music, Cantatas and Other Music, 17 reels
British Library, London UK 4 / 9 English Music Manuscripts, c.1714-1810, Section A, 22 reels
British Library, London UK 4 / 10 English Music Manuscripts, c.1714-1810, Section B, 24 reels
British Library, London UK 4 / 11 British Music Manuscripts, c.1810 - c.1900 from the Egerton and Additional Manuscripts 19648-30925, 30 reels
British Library, London UK 4 / 12 British Music Manuscripts, c.1810 - c.1900 from the Additional Manuscripts 31415-35120, 31 reels
British Library, London UK 4 / 13 British Music Manuscripts, c.1810 - c.1900 from the Additional Manuscripts 36524-60495 and Royal Music, 27 reels
Royal College of Music, London, UK 5 / 1-2 English Music Manuscripts Before c.1800, Sections A and B, 20 + 16 reels
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
Royal College of Music, London, UK 5 / 9 English Music Manuscripts, c.1870-1930, Sections A and B, 23 reels
Cambridge Libraries, Cambridge, UK 6 / 1 Music Manuscripts before 1850 from Cambridge University Library and Ely Cathedral, 11 reels
Cambridge Libraries, Cambridge, UK 6 / 2 Music Manuscripts in the Rowe Music Library, King's College, 37 reels
Cambridge Libraries, Cambridge, UK 6 / 3 Handel Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum, 18 reels
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
Cambridge Libraries, Cambridge, UK 6 / 6 Continental Music Manuscripts from the Fitzwilliam Museum; Section B, 28 reels
Royal Academy of Music, London UK 7 / 1 Part One: British and Continental Music Manuscripts; Section A, 24 reels
Royal Academy of Music, London UK 7 / 2 Part Two: British and Continental Music Manuscripts; Section B, 23 reels
Royal Academy of Music, London UK 7 / 3 Part Three: Previously Uncatalogued Music Manuscripts, 19 reels
Gerald Coke Handel Collection 8 / 1 Manuscripts. of individual works, 21 reels
Gerald Coke Handel Collection 8 / 2 Composite volumes and miscellanies; additional printed and manuscript items, 13 reels
Gerald Coke Handel Collection 8 / 3 Shaftesbury manuscripts, 19 reels
St. George's Chapel - Windsor 9 / 1 Music Mss. from Chapel and Cathedral Libraries, 23 reels

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
pt.1 = Unit 3
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 Paper
British Library, London, UK Unit Six: 1650-1750 - Anthologies, 1700-1750, 25 reels Paper
British Library, London, UK Unit Seven: 1650-1750 Handel: Operas, Oratorios, Masques and Odes, 25 reels Paper
British Library, London, UK Unit Eight: 1650-1750 - Handel: Duets and Trios, Arias and Songs, Church Music and Instrumental Music, 21 reels Paper
British Library, London, UK Unit Nine: 1750-1800 Individual Composers A-B and Tract Volumes A-B, 33 reels Paper
British Library, London, UK Unit Ten: 1750-1800 Individual Composers C-E and Tract Volumes C-E, 20 reels Paper
British Library, London, UK Unit Eleven: 1750-1800 Individual Composers F-J and Tract Volumes, 32 reels Paper
British Library, London, UK Unit Twelve: 1750-1800 Individual Composers K-Monroe and Tract Volumes K-Monroe, 20 reels Paper
British Library, London, UK Unit Thirteen: 1750-1800 Individual Composers Montlivault-Schmid and Tract Volumes Montlivault-Schmid, 20 reels Paper
British Library, London, UK Unit Fourteen: 1750-1800 Individual Composers and Tract Volumes Schroeder-Z, 28 reels Paper

Italian Music Manuscripts - c.1640 - c.1820

Microfilm series
Originating Library Section / Reels Finding Aids
British Library, London UK Section A: Italian Music Mss. c.1640 - c.1720, (pts. 1-3 on 46 reels)
British Library, London UK Section B: Italian Music Mss. c.1720 - c.1740, (pts. 1-4 on 79 reels - or 77 ??)
British Library, London UK Section C: Italian Music Mss. c.1740 - c.1770, (pts. 1-3 on 60 reels)
British Library, London UK Section D: Italian Music Mss. c.1770 - c.1820, (pts. 1-4) 100 reels

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

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.