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MS Mus 272

Instrumental parts, 1750-1900: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Mus 272
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Instrumental parts,
Date(s): 1750-1900.
Quantity: 1 collection (4 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language of materials: English, French, German, and Italian.
Abstract: Box list for a collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century instrumental parts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Source unknown.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Christina Linklater with assistance from Melanie Wisner.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Instrumental Parts, 1750-1900 (MS Mus 272). Houghton Library, Harvard University.


Arranged in two series: I. Parts; and II. Bound volumes. Within series, arranged alphabetically by composer.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection is comprised of instrumental parts for chamber music. There are many arrangements of overtures and arias from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century opera, particularly Meyerbeer and Rossini. Most parts are engraved; some are manuscript. Places of publication are predominantly Paris, London and Berlin.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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