I spent the day authoring and starting to disseminate the first network Newsletter; actually, it’s both an update and an invitation to particate! After spending some time this evening reading MailChimp’s instructions, I worked out how to get the hyperlink for viewing in your browser. Triumph! Click the link to read it, here.
By way of light relief, I opened my favourite book – Kassler’s Music Entries at Stationers’ Hall* – to see what was registered on this day, over 200 years ago. Two surprises awaited me. In 1784, John Valentine of Leicester registered Thirty Psalm Tunes in Four Parts, and eleven copies are still extant, not only in legal deposit libraries. Plainly psalm tunes were considered worth keeping (or leaving to libraries!); not only that, but Trinity College Dublin has a copy, and they didn’t as a rule show much interest in trivial matter such as legal deposit music.
The second surprise was some piano trios by Pleyel, dedicated to Miss Elizabeth Wynne and registered on 20th September 1790. According to Copac, several copies survive in UK, and the British Library also has copies with a later date posited. And there could still be others not yet catalogued online. But here’s the exciting bit – you can access a German edition on IMSLP. Who wants to be first to play it?!
* Michael Kassler, author of Music Entries at Stationers’ Hall, 1710-1818 : from lists prepared for William Hawes, D. W. Krummel and Alan Tyson (Ashgate 2004), advises us that ‘since the demise of Ashgate, it is now published in hard copy and as an e-book by Routledge, and the e-book is £30 cheaper. See https://www.routledge.com/Music-Entries-at-Stationers-Hall-17101818-from-lists-prepared-for/Kassler/p/book/9780754634584