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Early Modern (1500-1900) - Music

Alfred James Hipkins, Musical instruments: historic, rare and unique. Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1888

The Music Library holds modern collections of books, journals, scores, CDs, etc, while Special Collections and Archives manages the historical collections related to the School’s work (listed below). The archives and related historical printed collections range from famous modern Welsh composers, to very large collections of European music from the 18th century up to the 20th century. Scattered throughout the rare books and archives collections will be other individual items of music acquired over the years. Items can be found by searching either LibrarySearch or ArchiveSearch.


Microfilm collections for Music studies


A-Z list of all newspapers

Research Projects and Centres

JISC / Music £48,000 Cataloguing Project

JISC / Music Cataloguing project blog

Central European Music Research Centre (CEMRC)

Centre for Research into Historically-Informed Performance (CRHIP)

Special Collections

Ann Griffiths collection (18th-20th C.) Welsh hymns, religion [partly digitised]

Aylward collection (19th C.)

BBC Music Library collection (18th-19th C.)

Composers' manuscripts (17th-19th C.) Bach / Haydn / Handel / Mendelssohn [microfilm] [uncatalogued]

Historic music collections (17th-20th C.)

Hymnology collection (18th-20th C.)

Mackworth collection (18th-19th C.)

Music scores collection (old WMIC) (19th-20th C.) [uncatalogued]

Welsh ballads collection (18th-20th C.) [partly digitised]