The earliest jottings of major composers and complete original scores are among the additions to the Music Collection made this week.
The Composers at Work category of the Schøyen Collection comprises 57 manuscripts and is presented chronologically starting with the Baroque period through to Contemporary works. They include works from major composers in all the periods of Western classical music up to 1950, with later works by contemporary artists represented from the late 20th century up to 2008.
“The intention is to present the most complete historical overview possible of the evolution of the musical creative process and compositional outputs,” explained Martin Schøyen.
The announcement last week of the closure of the Little Norway museum in the United States, which once housed Grieg’s original Humoresque manuscript and was on the US National Register of Historic Places, makes the presentation of this item on the website particularly significant. Martin Schøyen commented: “It is exciting that this much beloved work by Norway’s foremost national composer has come home after over 140 years in the stewardship of Norwegian emigrants to America.”
In addition to Edvard Grieg, some of the well known Baroque and Classical composers represented in the Composers at Work section are: Handel, Pergolesi, Couperin, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, Berlioz, Verdi, Puccini, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Mahler. Modern and Contemporary composers represented are: Stravinsky, Mussorgsky, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Britten, Orff, Schnittke, Milhaud, Nordheim, and Ligeti.
Note to Editors:
The Schøyen Collection crosses borders and unites cultures, religions and unique materials found nowhere else. The Collection, based in London and Oslo, contains over 20,000 significant manuscripts of major cultural importance and is an important part of the world’s heritage.
There is no public collection that has the Schøyen Collection’s unique array of manuscripts from all the greatest manuscript hoards, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, The Cairo Genizah of Hebrew MSS, The Oxyrhynchus hoard of classical papyri, the Dishna Biblical papyri, The Nag Hammadi Gnostic papyri, the Dunhuang hoard of Buddhist MSS, and many others. Nor is there one with such a variety, geographically, linguistically and textually, and of scripts and writing materials, covering so a great span of time — 5,000 years of history.