Ideas For Your Dissertation! #4

Idea #4 The Barlow (David) Archive

Subjects: Music



This is a large collection of musical manuscripts created by twentieth-century British composer David Barlow (1927-1975), formerly a lecturer in the Department of Music at Newcastle University, although it is not a complete collection of his works. The material comprises of over 100 items which cover the musical genres of orchestral, opera, choral, songs, solo works, instrumental and chamber music. Barlow’s musical influences included biblical and literary interests and the collection includes his church operas David and Bathsheba and Judas Iscariot as well as his children’s opera The Selfish Giant.

The collection also contains copies of many of Barlow’s important works which are held at the British Music Information Centre, as well as some early manuscripts (mainly short works and sketches).

Date Range of Material
20th Century

Size of Collection
6 files of 827 items.

Collection Reference Code

How To Order Items From This Collection
# First, use the finding aid below to search through a list of the individual items we have within this collection.
# If you find an item you would like to consult in the Special Collections reading room, simply make a note of the reference number and title of the item(s) you are interested in (for example GB186/DB/2 David and Bathsheba).
# You can then place your order by linking to our request form.

Finding Aid
The catalogue of the Barlow (David) Archive is available a pdf download.

Handy Links

Guide to finding and using Archives and Rare Books

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