Leeds University Library

Music, musicians and manuscripts

Published Tuesday 18 August 2015

corner of sheet music

A special exhibition to mark the Leeds International Piano Competition 2015

Leeds International Piano Competition visitors and competitors will be especially interested in the Music, musicians and manuscripts exhibition in the Library's Special Collections, beginning on Monday 24 August.

The display features musical materials from across the collections, including:

  • Fragments of medieval manuscript containing musical notation dating from the 12th to the 15th centuries
  • Unique medieval illuminated manuscripts filled with beautiful illustrations of musical instruments and musicians
  • A rare copy of one of the earliest printed treatises on music by Franchino Gaffurio, published in Brescia in 1497
  • Thomas Mace's treatise of 1676 entitled Musick's Monument which provides a valuable description of musical practise in the Baroque era
  • Locks of hair belonging to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven
  • An early printed score of a work by Joseph Haydn bearing his autograph
  • Autograph scored by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and letters from Mendelssohn to his teacher Ignaz Moscheles
  • Items relating to the history of music-making in Leeds, including a programme from the opening of Leeds Town Hall in 1858
  • Material revealing the role of music in World War I, with items relating to Vaughan Williams and other prominent musicians, composers and conductors

This Music, musicians and manuscripts exhibition will run from Monday 24 August until the end of October 2015, in the Special Collections foyer. It will be available to view between 24-28 August even though the Special Collections reading room is closed that week for project work.

You can find Special Collections in the Brotherton Library, inside the Parkinson Building. It is only a short walk from the Great Hall where the preliminary stages of the piano competition take place.

Find out Special Collections opening hours.