The Bodleian Music School Collection

12 July 2016 1.00pm


Convocation House, Old Bodleian Library (Map)


Professor Jonathan Wainwright


The Administrator,


' many setts of books as were given by Mr Doctor Heather to the Universitie of Oxford'

The formation, content and importance of the Bodleian Music School Collection

The Bodleian Music School Collection of manuscripts and printed sources began with a bequest from William Heather in 1627, which consisted of 42 sets of madrigals and motets printed in England, Italy and the Low Countries between 1575 and 1624, including the famous 'Forrest-Heather' partbooks of Tudor church music. It is now recognized as one of the most important collections of music sources in the world, especially rich in English and Italian music from the mid-17th century to the end of the 18th. This talk will examine the early history of the collection and its catalogues, and will highlight certain key items by way of examining 17th-18th-century musical taste.

Professor Wainwright carried out this research with the support of an Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellowship at the Bodleian Libraries.

Dr Jonathan Wainwright is Professor of Music at the University of York and The Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellow at the Bodleian Libraries.


All are welcome. Admission is free.

After the lecture, guests are welcome to view the current exhibition, browse the Bodleian shop or enjoy a meal or coffee in the Bodleian Café. Please show your Friends of the Bodleian membership card to receive a 10% discount.

This event is listed under: Free events; Friends of the Bodleian
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