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Messiaen and the songs of wild birds

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

This guest blog comes from Delphine Evans whose Master's thesis explored the manuscript notations of birdsong made by the French composer Olivier Messiaen during the 1950s, in relation to the early wildlife recordings that inspired them and to the musical...

Pageantry, Parade and Presents in Persia

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

In February 1809, a delegation from the British Government and the East India Company presented the Shah of Persia with a letter proposing an alliance between the two powers. This alliance was intended to thwart French attempts to use Persia...

A leaf from Mozart's grave: curiosities from British Library Music Collections

Monday, December 5, 2016

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died 225 years today on 5 December 1791. To mark the occasion, we’re showcasing a very unusual item from our extensive music holdings. Found within a miscellaneous collection of letters, locks of hair, and photographs of notable...

A Malay work on Islamic law from Aceh: Mirat al-tullab

Monday, December 5, 2016

In the 16th century the sultanate of Aceh on the north coast of Sumatra grew to become the most powerful Muslim kingdom in Southeast Asia and a great centre for the study and teaching of Islam. One of the most...

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