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A thematic catalogue is a list of works accompanied by musical sketches of their opening bars.
This thematic catalogue,…
On 9 October 1805, twelve days before the Battle of Trafalgar, naval officer Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) sent…
Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519), painter, sculptor, architect and engineer, kept notes and drawings of his studies, ideas…
Charles Darwin (1809 - 82) was a naturalist who developed the theory of evolution by natural selection which was published…