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Music in the Margins: The Funeral of Reynard the Fox (13th century)

- July 13, 2017 in animals, folklore, fox, manuscripts, medieval, middle ages, renard, reynard, reynard the fox

A motley crew of anthropomorphic animals found adorning the lower margins of a finely illuminated book of hours produced in late thirteenth-century England.

Music in the Margins: The Funeral of Reynard the Fox (13th century)

- July 13, 2017 in animals, folklore, fox, manuscripts, medieval, middle ages, renard, reynard, reynard the fox

A motley crew of anthropomorphic animals found adorning the lower margins of a finely illuminated book of hours produced in late thirteenth-century England.

Music in the Margins: The Funeral of Reynard the Fox (13th century)

- July 13, 2017 in animals, folklore, fox, manuscripts, medieval, middle ages, renard, reynard, reynard the fox

A motley crew of anthropomorphic animals found adorning the lower margins of a finely illuminated book of hours produced in late thirteenth-century England.

Music in the Margins: The Funeral of Reynard the Fox (13th century)

- July 13, 2017 in animals, folklore, fox, manuscripts, medieval, middle ages, renard, reynard, reynard the fox

A motley crew of anthropomorphic animals found adorning the lower margins of a finely illuminated book of hours produced in late thirteenth-century England.

The Manuscripts of Emily Dickinson

- November 5, 2013 in amherst, Amherst College, collections, Curator's Choice, Digital Copy: No Additional Rights, emily dickinson, manuscripts, poetry, texts, Texts: 19th, Texts: Poetry, Underlying Work: PD Worldwide

Mike Kelly, curator at the Archives and Special Collections of Amherst College, explores highlights from their Emily Dickinson collection, a huge variety of manuscript forms - from concert programmes to chocolate wrappers - which give us a fascinating insight into how the poet worked.

A Closer Look at Richard Wagner’s Manuscripts

- May 22, 2013 in classical music, collections, composer, Images, Images-19th, Images-Illumination, manuscripts, Music, richard wagner, score, wagner, zoomology

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wagner, one of the most influential and controversial composers ever to have lived. With his concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk (“total work of art”) – by which he sought to synthesise the poetic, visual, musical and dramatic arts – he revolutionised opera and gave birth to such masterpieces as Tristan und Isolde and the epic four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. If his music was sublime, his political views regarding “race” were far from it – in his writings he frequently expressed anti-semitic views (particularly in his racist tract Judaism in Music). The beauty of his music and the vileness of some of his political opinions (complicated by the fact that he was reported to have had life-long Jewish friends), make him a continuing source of intrigue and debate for scholars the world over. To mark the anniversary the British Library have made available online its collection of Wagner manuscripts, mostly from early on in his career. The manuscripts come from the huge music-related manuscript collection of the great Austrian writer and music obsessive Stefan Zweig (whose writings, incidentally, passed into the public domain this year). Zweig acquired the Wagner manuscripts [...]