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

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

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.


Organized in one series.

1579-1966 1612-1670
Majority of material found within 1612 - 1670
0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)
Related Names
Rosenthal, Albi, 1914-2004
Capece, Alessandro, 1575?-
Prunières, Henry, 1886-1942
Language of Materials