15th century Russian and Byzantine music manuscripts

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Henry Julius Wetenhall Tillyard (1881-1968) was Professor of Greek at University College, Cardiff, 1926-46. He was an international authority on Byzantine music and the joint editor of Monumenta Musicae Byzantinae.

The collection contains a Codex Peribleptos. (Byzantine Sticherarium: hymns for fixed and movable days from the 15th century), and a photofacsimile of a transcript of Codex Peribleptos. The work is in two volumes, in buckram slip cases, probably bound in the 18th century.

The archive also contains an anthology of 18th century Russian Church music; an 18th century Russian musical manuscript containing hymns for the chief festivals, a leather-bound Greek service book and an 18th century Russian Church Hirmologium.

Shelved with the Tillyard Manuscripts is a collection of offprints of articles on Byzantine church music by H. J. W. Tillyard and St. V. Lazarevic.

Administrative / Biographical History

Presented to the Library by Professor Tillyard in 1949.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is available by prior appointment, during 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

Related Material

An article entitled 'Unknown Russian Music Manuscripts at Cardiff', by Dimitrije Stefanovic in the journal, Beiträge zur Musik Geschichte Osteuropas, 1977 is available to be consulted. Official records relating to Cardiff University and its predecessors are held in Institutional Archives and are the responsibility of the University Records Manager.