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Songs in the English language

Songs in the English language, a collection of printed music from England, Ireland and Scotland, is now cataloged and available for research.

The gift of emeritus professor John Milton Ward, these English-language songs were published in London, Dublin, Glasgow and Edinburgh between 1675 and 1870. There are ballads, popular songs, romances, pastorals, patriotic songs, hunting songs, bawdy songs, sea songs, political songs, and music from theaters and pleasure gardens.  Most of the pieces carry the name of their composer and many also identify the singer who first made the song famous as well as where it was sung.

Arne, T. A. Rule Britannia. Ms. Coll. 143 (85)

Arne, T. A. Rule Britannia. Ms. Coll. 143 (85)

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Newly Digitized: Perger’s Signor Formica

Viennese cellist, composer, and conductor Richard von Perger (1854-1911) began his musical career relatively late, studying cello and composition with Schmidtler and Zellner beginning in 1870. This unpublished early opera dates to 1879, shortly before he began lessons with Johannes Brahms (although Peter Clive suggests in Brahms and His World: A Biographical Dictionary that Perger’s study with Brahms may be apocryphal).

A comic opera in three acts, based on E. T. A. Hoffmann’s novella, Signor Formica tells the story of the 17th-century Neapolitan painter Salvator Rosa’s adventures in Rome, and the series of tricks he plays – with the help of an acting troupe led by Signor Formica – in order to fix up his friend Antonio with Marianna, in defiance of her uncle Pasquale Capuzzi, an aesthete with delusions of musical talent. The librettist is unknown, although Perger wrote the text for at least two of his other theatrical works, Der Richter von Granada (1889) and Die 14 Nothhelfer (1891). This may be an autograph manuscript; it’s also a relatively clean copy, with only occasional corrections and scratched-out measures, and stage directions indicated throughout.

Signor Formica, Act I, scene 1, Mus 780.741.605

Signor Formica, Act I, scene 1, Mus 780.741.605

  • Signor Formica. Vocal score
    Signor Formica : komische Oper in drei Aufzügen / von Richard von Perger ; Klavierauszug mit Singstimmen. 1879.
    Mus 780.741.605

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