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  • Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony sketchbook

    Manuscript

    From 1798 Beethoven started using bound sketchbooks to jot down and develop musical ideas, rather than the loose pages h...

  • Enigma Variations by Elgar

    Musical score

    Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations on an Original Theme was one of the first works to bring this English composer to publi...

  • Handel, Birthday Ode for Queen Anne

    Musical score, Manuscript

    George Frideric Handel (1685–1759) settled in London in the autumn of 1712. His ‘Birthday Ode for Queen Anne’ represents...

  • Handel's Messiah

    Musical score, Manuscript

    Handel composed Messiah in 1741. It remains his best-known work, with its famous 'Hallelujah Chorus' performed by choirs...

  • Henry Purcell's 'My Heart is Inditing'

    Musical score

    This piece ‘My heart is inditing’ was written for the coronation of James II in 1685 and was performed by an eight-part ...

  • Henry Vlll's songbook

    Musical score

    King Henry VIII received a broad musical education and was held in high regard as a composer and performer on many diffe...

  • Lord Kitchener and Sweet Jamaica

    Recording

    Trinidadian calypso singer Aldwyn ‘Lord Kitchener’ Roberts arrived in the UK on the Empire Windrush ship in 1948, along ...

  • Mozart's thematic catalogue

    Musical score

    This thematic catalogue kept by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lists the works that he composed from 1784 until just before his...

  • Old Hall manuscript

    Musical score

    This collection of sacred music was compiled by a single scribe between about 1415 and 1421.  In the early 1420s additi...

  • ‘Pastime with good company’: composition by Henry...

    Illuminated manuscript

    Henry was held in high regard as a musician and composer. This manuscript, known as the Henry VIII Songbook, was probabl...

  • 'Sumer is icumen in'

    Manuscript

    'Sumer Is Icumen In', a musical composition for several voices, was probably composed at Reading Abbey around the middle...