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Collection name Longleat
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Description Longleat has a large and significant collection of music manuscripts. These 118 manuscripts date from approximately 1588 to 1800 - although the vast majority are from the eighteenth century - and include religious works, arias, opera, and instrumental pieces. Composers which are particularly well-represented include Giovanni Bononcini, Francesco Mancini, Vivaldi, and Grétry.

Longleat’s printed music collections include a large amount of music formerly owned by Isabella Byng, 2nd Marchioness of Bath (1773-1830), mostly consisting of piano music.

Instruments at Longleat include a barrel organ and a virginals, amongst other unspecified instruments.

All of Longleat’s printed music and manuscripts have been catalogued, with records for most manuscripts available on RISM. A catalogue of printed music, or further information about instruments at Longleat, are not yet publicly available.

Jonathan Frank, July 2020

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Associated People and Organisations Bononcini, Giovanni - Francesco Mancini - Vivaldi, Antonio - Grétry, André Ernest Modeste - Isabella Byng 1773 - 1830
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Associated Times 16th Century 17th Century 18th Century 19th Century 20th Century
Associated Content Religious music Opera Instrumental music Piano music Barrel organ Virginals
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Warminster BA12 7NW Open Map
Building Information One of the best examples of high Elizabethan architecture in Britain.
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