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> Michael Kennedy Collection
Michael Kennedy Collection
The collection includes manuscript and typescript drafts of some of Michael Kennedy's books. Some of them differ considerably from the published version and illustrate the different stages of book production. This is particularly true of the Elgar volume, which is represented here in both manuscript and typescript form. In addition there is a small amount of correspondence relating to the Elgar book which was generated during Kennedy's research; of great interest is the bundle of letters from Elgar's daughter, Carice Elgar Blake (1890-1970). There is a larger quantity of correspondence relating to Kennedy's 1964 volume on Vaughan Williams. This reveals the thoroughness of his research methods as he unearthed details of hitherto unrecorded performances and manuscripts of Vaughan Williams's works. It includes information on the works and reminiscences about the life of the composer, often supplied by well-known figures, and has been listed in some detai!
l. Included are letters from Ursula Vaughan Williams (the composer's widow), Bertrand Russell, Adrian Boult, Benjamin Britten, John Barbirolli, Larry Adler, Osbert Lancaster, Julius Rntgen, and various other musicians, composers and writers. The correspondence forms a valuable resource for research into Vaughan Williams and his work.
- Private papers/diaries/letters
- Archival material
20th century musical criticism and 20th century English music
Date range of collection
1925 - 1975
Associated People or Organisations
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Printed music c. 25,000 items; sound recordings c. 10,000 items; books c. 6,600 items; periodicals c. 70 titles of which 34 are current. Numerous musical manuscripts are scattered among the Library's Special Collections. Many Gregorian chants as well as liturgical texts containing musical notation are included in the Latin Manuscripts. Over 30 musical manuscripts are among the University MSS, mainly comprising scores of 18th- and 19th-century British music. The Methodist Archives contain various music material. There are also some exotic music manuscripts among the Coptic, Ethiopic and Turkish Manuscripts and various other oriental collections.
Additional Collection Information
John Rylands University Library
The collection was amassed by Michael Kennedy during the course of his research and writing, and he presented it as a gift to the John Rylands University Library in 1975/6
- The Halle tradition: The Halle, a history of the orchestra from 1858 to 1983; The works of Ralph Vaughan Williams; A catalogue of the works of Ralph Vaughan Williams; Portrait of Elgar; The history of the Royal Manchester College of Music, 1893-1972; Port
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