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MS 417 01

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MS 417 01


H.P. Chadwyck-Healey: Opera: Lorna Doone




April 1938 - August 1943

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3 boxes

Content description

Autograph and printed music scores and recordings relating to Chadwyck-Healey's Lorna Doone: an opera in three acts. The libretto is also by Chadwyck-Healey, based on the novel by R.D. Blackmore. It was orchestrated by Eric Warr, and included two arias with words by Janet Ling and Vera Wheatley.


1. Autograph large-size annotated full score of Lorna Doone, in 3 cloth-bound volumes, Acts I, II and III, not signed, undated

2. Loose autograph scores of orchestral parts of Lorna Doone, for Acts One, Two and Three, not signed, undated

3. Autograph annotated piano score of Lorna Doone in 2 cloth-bound volumes, Acts 1 and 2 and Act 3, signed, Radwell Aug 1943, with inscriptions and typescript 'Appologia' by Chadwyck-Healey pasted in on flyleaf of first volume [Vol 1 previously numbered MS 417/1/2]

4. Autograph, annotated scores for each of the nine characters of Lorna Doone, in wrappers, some signed, 9 volumes, some labelled 'property of Western Song Productions Ltd.', includes a letter in volume of part of 'John' from Chadwyck-Healey to Mr Henderson, 22 Jan 1946

5. Three photocopied scores for the chorus, in paper wrappers, two with autograph signatures [previously numbered MS 417/1/3/1-3]

6. Nine printed copies of the libretto [previously numbered MS 417/1/1]

7. Reel-to-reel copy of 78rpm disc recording made by London Symphony Orchestra in 1946 of Chadwyck-Healey's Lorna Doone: an opera in three acts. [previously numbered MS 417 01]

8.Compact disc copies (2 CDs) of recording of Lorna Doone and others, including: 'Legend'; 'Les Eaux du printemps'; 'Love went a-riding'; 'Teach us O Lord'; 'Justoreaum animae'; '3 x Marches'and 'March of the grasshopper', [previously numbered MS 417 01] with photocopiy of sleeve notes by Philip Stuart, London Symphony Orchestra Archive, Feb 2023

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Eton College Library does not currently have the equipment to play the reel-to-reel tape. A compact disk copy of the 78rpm disc recording of Lorna Doone made by the London Symphony Orchestra in 1946, donated by Sir Charles Chadwyck-Healey in January 2023 is at MS 417 01/8.

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