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Manuscripts in the Albi Rosenthal collection of Monteverdi and the birth of opera

 Collection
Call Number: Monteverdi 2

Scope and Contents

Manuscripts in the Albi Rosenthal Collection of Monteverdi and the Birth of Opera consist of letters, writings, and music relating to Monteverdi and others involved in the creation of opera in seventeenth-century Italy. Letters of Monteverdi collaborators Claudio Achillini, Jacopo Peri, Ottavio Rinuccini, and other musicians and writers, addressed to third parties or unidentified recipients, concern Monteverdi's music and other music subjects. Other materials include a volume of holograph music by Alessandro Capece and two manuscripts by unidentified writers giving contempory accounts of music performed in seventeenth-century Urbino. Also present are letters of twentieth-century composers Paul Hindemith, Vincent d'Indy, and Gian Francesco Malipiero, concerning Monteverdi's music. Some items are accompanied by notes of former owners, vendor descriptions, transcriptions, or translations, some possibly by French musicologist Henry Prunières

Dates

  • 1579-1966 1612-1670
  • Majority of material found within 1612 - 1670

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Manuscripts in the Albi Rosenthal Collection of Monteverdi and the Birth of Opera is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Sotheby's on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, Hazel M. Osborn Fund, and James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection Fund, 2009.

Arrangement

Organized in one series.

Extent

0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

Italian

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.monteverdi

Abstract

Manuscripts in the Albi Rosenthal Collection of Monteverdi and the Birth of Opera consist of letters, writings, and music relating to Monteverdi and others involved in the creation of opera in seventeenth-century Italy. Letters of Monteverdi collaborators Claudio Achillini, Jacopo Peri, Ottavio Rinuccini, and other musicians and writers, addressed to third parties or unidentified recipients, concern Monteverdi's music and other music subjects. Other materials include a volume of holograph music by Alessandro Capece and two manuscripts by unidentified writers giving contempory accounts of music performed in seventeenth-century Urbino. Also present are letters of twentieth-century composers Paul Hindemith, Vincent d'Indy, and Gian Francesco Malipiero, concerning Monteverdi's music. Some items are accompanied by notes of former owners, vendor descriptions, transcriptions, or translations, some possibly by French musicologist Henry Prunières.

Biographical Notes

Albi Rosenthal (1914-2004), English antiquarian music dealer.

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), Italian composer.

Processing Information

This finding aid is based on item descriptions provided by Sotheby’s prior to purchase by the Beinecke Library. Printed items in the collection are cataloged individually in the Library's online catalog and are therefore not listed in this finding aid. All components of the collection may be found in the online catalog by a keyword search on the phrase "Albi Rosenthal Collection of Monteverdi and the birth of opera".

Title
Guide to Manuscripts in the Albi Rosenthal Collection of Monteverdi and the Birth of Opera
Author
by Karen Spicher
Date
October 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Location

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