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  • Albumazar, Treatise on astrology

    Manuscript

    Abu Maʿshar (d. 886), also known as Albumazer, was an early Persian physician and astrologer who lived in the city of Ba...

  • An die Musik by Schubert

    Musical score

    Franz Schubert (1797–1828) composed more than 600 songs in his short life, the first at the age of 14 and the last short...

  • Bedford Hours

    Manuscript

    A lavishly illuminated Book of Hours, gifted to Henry VI by the Duke and Duchess of Bedford. The Bedford Hours is regar...

  • 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...

  • Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy

    Manuscript

    The Divine Comedy begins with the meeting between Dante and Virgil, the ancient Roman poet, in a dark wood, represented...

  • De Brailes Hours

    Manuscript

    Produced in Oxford in around 1240, this small, portable manuscript (measuring only 150 x 125 mm) is the earliest extant...

  • Eadui Psalter

    Manuscript

    The Eadui Psalter is named after its probable scribe and artist, Eadwig (Eadui) Basan. Eadwig was a monk at Christ Churc...

  • 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...

  • French Book of Hours

    Manuscript

    The Book of Hours was an extremely popular type of prayer book that enabled laypeople to imitate the daily cycle of pray...

  • Golf Book

    Manuscript

    The Golf Book is a Book of Hours, made in Bruges during the early 1540s. The book’s calendar gives the manuscript its re...

  • Great Bible

    Manuscript

    With pages measuring over half a metre (two feet) tall, this volume is the largest manuscript Bible within the British L...

  • 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...