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A Catalog of the Addenda to the Ricasoli Collection Housed at the Dwight Anderson Music Library of the University of Louisville

Academic journal article Notes

A Catalog of the Addenda to the Ricasoli Collection Housed at the Dwight Anderson Music Library of the University of Louisville

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In 2012, Harmonie Park Press released a catalog of the Ricasoli Collection of Tuscan manuscripts and prints residing at the University of Louisville. After the purchase of the collection in 1987, the money left over was put toward purchasing manuscripts and editions that would complement the Ricasoli Collection. These pieces were referred to as the addenda to the Ricasoli Collection, and eventually amounted to several hundred works, a substantial catalog of works in its own right. These works were purchased according to a priority schema that included three categories, ranked in order of importance: (1) Tuscan works from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, (2) Italian music of the same period, and (3) works that originated outside Italy, a category that could include works owned by Tuscan collectors of the period, or similar to ones that were. These addenda were originally intended to be included as an appendix to the published Ricasoli catalog, but it was decided to leave them out since they were not directly tied to the Ricasoli Collection. This, then, is the catalog of the addenda, and since it was intended to be a part of the Ricasoli catalog published by Harmonie Park Press, the format follows that catalog closely. Pieces are listed alphabetically by composer, with the "Add." numbers corresponding roughly to the order of acquisition by the Anderson Music Library.

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The Ricasoli Collection of music manuscripts and editions, currently housed in the Dwight Anderson Music Library of the University of Louisville, represents the second largest collection of Tuscan music (after the Conservatorio di Musica Luigi Cherubini in Florence), and the largest collection of Tuscan sacred music and concertos in the world. The collection first came to the attention of Dr. Robert L. Weaver, a professor of music history at the University of Louisville, who noticed that the Caldini Internazionale sales catalog in Florence had begun to feature Tuscan pieces of some interest. In 1984, then, with support from the School of Music at the University of Louisville, some seventy items were initially purchased. At this time it was noted by Marion Korda, the head librarian of the Anderson Music Library, that the numbering of the pieces seemed to indicate they were from a larger collection. A search was begun by Dr. Weaver that resulted in the identification of the music as having originated with the Ricasoli family in Florence. Subsequently, the balance of the collection was purchased in 1987 with money raised from local anonymous donors in Louisville, but only after some items had already been individually sold to collectors. Additional money was then raised to attempt to track down and purchase the missing pieces, but this met with only partial success, leaving some items still outside the collection housed in Louisville.

The remainder of the money donated for purchasing the missing items in the Ricasoli Collection was then redirected toward the purchase of manuscripts and editions that would complement the Ricasoli Collection. These purchases were subsequently cataloged as addenda to the collection (Add. 1, Add. 2, etc.). The items sought for the addenda included, in order of preference: Tuscan music from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century; Italian music from the same period; and, finally, editions and manuscripts from the period that originated outside Italy. This final category could include music that was connected to persons or organizations in Tuscany, or pieces similar to those in the Ricasoli Collection. Some years later it was decided to produce a formal catalog of the Ricasoli Collection to include the addenda. This resulted in grants from the Speed family in Louisville to pay for the author to complete the catalog of the addenda.

Upon completion of the catalog of the addenda, Dr. Weaver, the author, and Dr. Susan Parisi (editor of the Ricasoli catalog and representative of Harmonie Park Press) decided to publish the catalog of the Ricasoli Collection without the addenda. …

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