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SCOTT, Marion Margaret (1877-1953)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1249 Scott
Held at: Royal College of Music
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Full title: SCOTT, Marion Margaret (1877-1953)
Date(s): 1881-1952
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 10 boxes and 18 volumes
Name of creator(s): Scott | Marion Margaret | 1844-1953 | musicologist and musician


Administrative/Biographical history:

Marion Margaret Scott, born London, 16 Jul 1877; studied violin at the Royal College of Music, 1896-1904; published poetry as Violin verses (Walter Scott, London, 1905); composed music and led her own string quartet; organised concerts of British chamber music, 1900-1920; founded with Gertrude Eaton and Katharine Eggar the Society of Women Musicians, 1911, and served as its President, 1915-1916; published edition of Haydn's Quartet Opus 1 no 1 (Oxford University Press. 1931); published Beethoven, (J M Dent, London, 1934); published editions of songs of Ivor Gurney, 1938, 1952; wrote numerous articles on the life and works of Joseph Haydn; died London, 24 Dec 1953.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Marion Margaret Scott, 1910-1952, mainly comprising correspondence and papers, 1932-1952, relating to Scott's research on the music of Joseph Haydn, particularly in regard to Haydn's string quartets, and his associations with England, including manuscripts and typescripts of articles on Hadyn by Scott, with three chapters of an unfinished book on Haydn; manuscripts of Scott's edition of Haydn's Quartet Opus 1; correspondence and cuttings regarding research of the musicologist Professor Adolf Sandberger on Haydn's music, 1932-1933; other papers, including manuscripts of vocal and instrumental compositions by Scott; a small amount of other personal and business correspondence, including correspondence relating to the Society of Women Musicians; correspondence with Fanny Davies, pianist, 1927-1931; correspondence relating to the financial affairs and estate of Davies, 1932-1936; two letters from Ivor Gurney [1922-1924], with manuscript and typescript article on Gurney, and correspondence related to her editions of Gurney's songs, including correspondence with the Gurney family, 1949-1951; volume of manuscript poetry by Scott, undated; manuscripts and typescripts of programme notes and articles on London concerts, 1923-1939; manuscripts and typsescripts of unpublished articles and lectures including 'Beethoven today', 'William Hurlstone' and 'Benjamin Britten and Peter Grimes', undated; typescripts of lectures delivered to the Women's Institute, including 'The evolution of English music', 'Musical form - its basis and evolution', 'Musical form, expression and design' and 'Folk songs of four races', 1910; press cuttings on Scott, 1931-1944; autograph book of Fanny Davies at Leipzig and Frankfurt, Germany, including signatures of Salomon Jadassohn, Carl Reinecke and Clara Schumann, 1881-1884; notebook of Sir John Stainer entitled 'The mode of synagogue music' by J Singer, undated.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English and some German.

System of arrangement:

Part of the collection has been bound into volumes: these include Scott's own compositions, divided into vocal and instrumental music (5 vols); correspondence relating to the Davies estate (3 vols); poems (1 vol); Sandberger papers (1 vol); letters from Gurney (1 vol); papers on Gurney (1 vol); research notebooks on Haydn (2 vols); concert programme notes (6 vols). The remainder of the collection is unsorted; some of the Haydn research material and other correspondence has been retained in the original files or envelopes as left by Scott at her death.

Conditions governing access:

Usual conditions of the Library of the Royal College of Music apply. See the RCM website or contact the RCM Library for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying is permitted at the discretion of the Archivist for research purposes only.

Finding aids:

The collection is uncatalogued.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Bequeathed to the RCM by Marion Scott, 1954.

Allied Materials

Related material:

RCM Library also holds letter from Herbert Howells to Scott, Dec 1934 (Ref: MS 7325).

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Publication note:

Some of the material has been published in articles by Scott. A list of Scott's writings is given in 'Marion Scott's contribution to musical scholarship' by Rosemary Hughes, Royal College of Music Magazine, 50 (2), May 1954.

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Robert Baxter as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project. Sources: 'Marion Scott's contribution to musical scholarship' by Rosemary Hughes, Royal College of Music Magazine, 50 (2), May 1954; article on Scott by Eric Blom and Peter Platt, Grove Dictionary of Music.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Mar 2001

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