Where to see original manuscripts in Europe?
Date: March 8, 2013
Last year I went to a small but magnificent exhibition called "Handwritten" which consisted of 100 original manuscripts spanning 1000 years and came from the Berlin State Library. It contained half a dozen original manuscripts from Beethoven, Mozart (Marriage of Figaro), Bach and other composers. It was mind-blowing. e.g. I had no idea that because Mozart used different coloured inks you can follow the way he constructed his music. Just to see the pages they wrote on was deeply moving.
So.. it's a year later - I'm heading to Europe and would like to see more of these manuscripts up close. I am having trouble finding where. I'll be in Rome, Florence, Venice, Vienna and Prague. I have contacted the Austrian National Library in Vienna where many of the manuscripts are housed, but they only make them available to researchers. Apparently they offer small guided tours to groups to see 5 manuscripts, but I'm on my own.
There is a large collection of music manuscripts at the Vatican, and I'll certainly visit here, but from the website it looks as if it's mainly Medieval and Renaissance music which doesn't interest me as much as the later composers.
Any help greatly appreciated.
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