One of the most interesting parts of my job is the chance to see all of the works that we add to our collection of Digital Scores and Libretti. These are some of the latest additions.

Gustav Mahler. Detail of 3rd Symphony. Merritt Room Mus 742.18.57

Gustav Mahler. Detail of 3rd Symphony, Merritt Room Mus 742.18.57

First, a heavily-annotated score of Gustav Mahler’s 3. Symphonie (Wien: J. Weinberger, [1898]), which may reflect revisions made by the composer.

Gaetano Donizetti’s three-act melodrama L’assedio di Calais (Milano: G. Ricordi, [1854?]) is an interesting reflection of the international business of composition for the opera: although it premiered in 1836 at the Teatro S Carlo in Naples, the set of dances in the third act was intended to appeal to the audiences of Paris and lead to a contract with the Paris Opéra.

Two keyboard works from members of the Bach family:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Title Page, first ed. K. 493, Merritt Room Mus 745.1.304.12 BMEO

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Title page, first ed. K. 493, Merritt Room Mus 745.1.304.12 BMEO

A first edition of the parts for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Quartet, K. 493: Quartetto per il clavicembalo o forte piano con l’accompagnamento d’un violino, viola, e violoncello : opera 13 (Vienna: Artaria, [1787]), RISM A/I, M 6325.

Alexander Zemlinsky’s one-act opera Der Zwerg (Wien: Universal-Edition, c1921), based on Oscar Wilde’s short story The Birthday of the Infanta.

Giuseppe Verdi. Title page, Aida.

Giuseppe Verdi. Title page of Aida, Merritt Room Mus 857.1.648.7 PHI

And finally, our project to digitize the operas of Giuseppe Verdi continues, with early vocal scores of Aïda, Alzira, and Nabucco, the second version of La Traviata, and a French edition of Falstaff:

Enjoy! Coming up soon, we’ll have more early Bach editions, and a selection of Schubert songs and piano music.

– Kerry Masteller