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HOPKINSON BERLIOZ COLLECTION

This collection of Berlioz’s musical and literary works was formed by the music bibliographer Cecil Hopkinson (1898-1977), whose A Bibliography of the Musical and Literary Works of Hector Berlioz, 1803-1869 with Histories of the French Music Publishers Concerned was published in 1951 by the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society (2nd ed., with additions and corrections, Tunbridge Wells, 1980). He presented his collection to the National Library in 1952, but continued to add items to it after this date. It includes editions of Berlioz’s music, proof copies, and presentation copies with inscriptions by Berlioz. The literary part of the collection consists of editions and translations of Berlioz’s memoirs, letters and critical works, including copies of his own libretti for Béatrice and Bénédict and Les Troyens, and works of music criticism on the composer. There are also autograph letters, several minor manuscripts, and associated material, including portraits, photographs, playbills and posters. Additions continue to be made to the collection, which now numbers over 700 volumes.

The Cecil Hopkinson Collection of Hector Berlioz: a Special Exhibition 4th July-8th September 1956, Edinburgh: National Library of Scotland, 1956.

Shelfmark: HB.

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