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Collection Description

Collection Title
Rudolph Dolmetsch (1930-63)
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A miscellaneous collection of material relating to the harpsichord player Rudolph Dolmetsch (1906–42), including biographical notes, press cuttings and concert programmes, held as a sequence of 13 envelopes, the individual numbers for which are given in square brackets below.

May 1930, Jaeger House, 352 Oxford Street: 3 Dolmetsch Concerts (single document with programmes and historical and biographical notes, plus an additional handbill for a Special Programme given at the same venue on 26 May).

6 October 1933, Pulchri Studio, Amsterdam: Recital given by Millicent and Rudolph Dolmetsch.

12 November 1938, Wigmore Hall: London Symphony Orchestra with Ernest Lush (harpsichord), conducted by Rudolph Dolmetsch, including the first performances of Bach, Musikalisches Opfer and Giovanni Picchi, Partita di Balli, in orchestrated arrangements by Dolmetsch (2 copies of a programme with historical notes and a list of the orchestral ensemble, plus various handbills and press cuttings).

Saturday 24 February and 30 March [no year], Aeolian Hall: Rudolph Dolmetsch Orchestra, conducted by Dolmetsch, the first concert with Moura Lympany (piano) and the second with Joan Coxon (vocal) (handbills plus various copies of the programme books, with words, brief historical and descriptive notes and a list of the orchestral ensemble).

[no number]
24 October 1963, Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford: Oxford Subscription Concerts (44th season no.1), given by the London Symphony Orchestra, with Erich Gruenberg (violin), conducted by Gennadi Rozhdestvensky (with historical, descriptive and biographical notes and a list of orchestral ensemble).

This folder also includes various handbills and programmes for Viola and Harpsichord Recitals given by Millicent and Rudolph Dolmetsch, one of which is dated 10 April 1934 and relates to a performance in the Pump Room, Bath (2 copies, including Press Comments). The remainder are lacking any indication of the year but were given on Saturdays 7 February (Central Hall, Cambridge, handbill), Saturday 12 November (Wigmore Hall, with Geoffrey Dunn, tenor), 21 and 28 November (Rudolf Steiner Hall, single document) and 29 November (Rudolf Steiner Hall, handbill)
Date range of collection
1930 - 1963
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Not Specific
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Location Details

Royal College of Music, Library
Prince Consort Road London SW7 2BS United Kingdom
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020 7591 4323
020 7589 7740
Visiting Information
Loans of performance sets to individual societies or persons; binding; reprographics; photocopying; microform printing
Collections Overview
Founded in 1883, the RCM Library primarily supports the performance, study and research of RCM members. It is also open to the public for reference and research. It contains some 300,000 items, including significant collections of early printed and manuscript material from the 16th to 19th centuries, given to the College upon its foundation, specifically the Libraries of the Sacred Harmonic Society and of the Concerts of Ancient Music. Donations since have included autographs of composers of international renown, amongst them Beethoven, Chopin, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert, as well as manuscripts and archives of major British composers. Although a British bias is apparent, the collection also has significant German and Italian manuscripts and early printed holdings. Later acquisitions of printed music include large quantities of out-of-print material, and sizeable collections of performance sets. Audio-visual holdings and the RCM's own sound archive's are also extensive.
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council