Series 03 - Musical scores

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US MBE MSS 001-03

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Musical scores


  • 1879 - 1938 (Creation)


1.25 linear feet; 2 boxes

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This series contains musical scores for the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, and consists of vocal, piano, pianoforte, and a variety of other arrangements. Some items are sheet music, and others are published books of music, either of all of the opera’s songs or in a collection of popular songs. There are also several treasuries of Gilbert and Sullivan songs. Most of the scores are undated, and the collection contains a large number of scores published by the Oliver Ditson Company in Boston. There are also a number of scores for Arthur Sullivan songs written without W.S. Gilbert. Some of the scores are in fragile condition, and many of the covers have separated from their books, which have been placed together when possible to identify. There are a number of detached cover pages and single sheets of music which have been placed in the appropriate subseries by opera.

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This series is arranged alphabetically by opera.

Box 4: Musical scores
Folder Title
Arthur Sullivan songs
The Gondoliers
H.M.S. Pinafore
The Mikado [1]
The Mikado [2]
The Mikado [3]
The Mikado [4]
Multiple operas
The Pirates of Penzance
Trial by Jury
W.S. Gilbert operas
The Yeomen of the Guard

Box 5: Oversize musical scores
Folder – Oversize musical scores

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Some materials may be subject to copyright. No part of the materials protected by copyright may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without written permission from the copyright holder. Researchers are required to seek permission from the copyright holder to reproduce and/or publish materials under copyright.

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Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [Container number], Sigmund A. Lavine Gilbert and Sullivan Collection, Emerson College Archives, Emerson College, Boston, MA.

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