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SUB-SERIES Identifier: MS Mus 264

B. Musical notebooks of Pauline Viardot-García

Scope and Contents

Working notebooks with drafts, sketches and first versions of Viardot's songs, her operatic roles, some piano music, and other musical compositions, as well as vocal cadenzas and vocal exercises. Most notebooks arranged in dos-à-dos style with entries from both ends. Most notebooks without title, some with handwritten labels, some have encloses, and doodles. Many entries are too short or illegible to identify.


  • Creation: 1838-1912

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, German, English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


19 linear feet (19 boxes)

Physical Location


General note

Arranged in the order as received.

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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