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Bellini, Vincenzo

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 1075
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Bellini, Vincenzo
Date(s): 19th century
Level of description: collection
Extent: 1 volume, 5 ff
Name of creator(s): Bellini | Vincenzo | 1801-1835 | Italian composer


Administrative/Biographical history:

Vincenzo Bellini, Italian opera composer, was born in Catania, Sicily, Italy in 1801. Having grown up in a musical household, it is alleged that he was a child prodigy, playing piano well by the age of five, and composing at six. Bellini is best known for his opera 'Norma' (1831) the title role of which is considered the most difficult role in the soprano repertoire. He composed Bel Canto operas, including 'Adelson e Salvini' (1825), 'Bianca e Gernando' (1826), 'Il pirata (1827), 'Bianca e Fernando (1828), 'La straniera' (1829), 'Zaira' (1829), 'I Capuleti e i Montecchi' (1830), 'La sonnambula' (1831), 'Beatrice di Tenda' (1833) and 'I puritani di Scozia' (1835). Bellini died in Puteaux, near Paris in 1835, and was buried next to Chopin in Pere Lachaise.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Vincenzo Bellini, comprise a manuscript musical score, excerpt from the opera 'Beatrice di Tenda' (1833) by Vincenzo Bellini; copy, in unidentified hand, entitled 'Romanza, Ah! non pensar, nell' Opera Beatrice di Tenda'.

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Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

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No addional finding aids.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Samantha Velumyl.

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:
April 2008

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